Sea Change: The Shifting Relationship Between Sustainability and Resilience
September 30, 2013 | New York City
As extreme weather events increase in frequency, so too does concern about the resilience of our cities and the buildings we inhabit. Through our work leading the Building Resiliency Task Force, we’ve noticed a shift in the approach to sustainable buildings, one that more frequently includes resilience. It’s a change that could strengthen the relationship between sustainable strategies and resilience measures or expose contradictions between the two. As the building industry prepares to meet the challenges of a changing climate - rising sea levels, increased precipitation and drought, more frequent and intense storms, and higher temperatures - we ask, how do we maintain our efforts to mitigate climate change while simultaneously responding to its inevitable consequences?
Keynote speaker Cameron Sinclair set the stage by presenting the case for sustainable and resilient buildings. Our panels further examined the issue in discussions at two scales: the scale of the City and that of the Building. Government officials, developers, and building professionals discussed efforts to ensure building resilience both pre- and post- weather event and discuss opportunities to improve sustainability through resilience. Panelists also debated the real and perceived changes in the development and financing of buildings due to risks associated with climate change.
Cooling on Climate Change: Designing the Message
September 18, 2012 | New York City
Urban Green welcomed Dr. James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies part of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, as the keynote speaker for this conference during Climate Week NYC. Panelists examined public perception of climate change, the forces that influence our perception, and the role of the green building movement in climate change mitigation and adaptation. [READ MORE]
The Building Blocks of Sustainable Ops
May 17, 2012 | New York City
During this half-day training, property managers and operators learned the key components of a sustainable and profitable operations and maintenance program from New York City’s most successful owners and operators. [READ MORE]
Global Lessons in Green Building: How NYC Stacks Up
September 19, 2011 | New York City
From policy mandates and financial incentives to implementation challenges, how do the current practices and policies of New York City compare to those of other major cities? What can NYC learn and do better? [READ MORE]
June 8, 2011 | New York City
With Speak Green, our full-day summer conference, Urban Green Council ventured largely into uncharted territory: how to we best communicate the importance of sustainability beyond our known sphere of early adopters? [READ MORE]
Urban Green Expo
2009 - 2010 | New York City
For two years in a row we offered the Urban Green Expo, a high water mark for the New York City green building community. The program featured opening and closing keynote addresses from leading figures of the sustainability movement including Amory Lovins and William McDonough. With a wide variety of master speakers it included more than 40 individual educational sessions, off-site tours, and LEED Workshops. In the future we'll be offering more targeted education such as our 2011 conferences: Speak Green and How NYC Stacks Up.