Making the home that you want with maximum energy efficiency

Jesse Schwartzberg is the founder of Black Mountain Design Build, a green design and consulting firm based in Saranac Lake, NY that contributes to residential and commercial projects throughout the Adirondacks and beyond. Black Mountain provides clients with guidance through all steps of the design and construction process striving for continuity, beauty, and efficiency.

Jesse holds a Master's degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor's degree in Earth Science with a minor in forestry from U.C. Berkeley. He is a LEED AP (Accredited Professional) and a CPHC (Certified Passive House Consultant) and is currently finishing his architectural licensing exams.

Born and raised in the Adirondacks, Jesse is deeply passionate about the future of the Park.  He is particularly interested in land development policy as it relates to our local communities and the Adirondack forest preserve, as well as developing the local sustainable forest products industry for use in the building and home energy sectors.

This lecture is part of a semester long series used  " raise campus and community awareness about environmental and sustainability issues and how they touch each and every one of us in our careers and lives," said Matthew J. Burnett, assistant professor of Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton, who created the series.  Other presentations include:

  • Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the Automotive program at SUNY Canton, will discuss advances in automotive technology that increase efficiency March 27.
  • Rich Douglass is the owner of Sow's Ear Farm, a 160-acre nonelectric horse-powered subsistence farm in Hermon. He will talk about low-tech solutions for a post-carbon world April 3.
  • Richard Burns from National Grid will be speaking about reducing oil dependency April 17.
  • Nicholas C. Kocher, an assistant professor for Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss marketing sustainability April 24.

For more information about the events, contact Burnett at 386-7212 or