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Building Resiliency Revealed

June 25, 2013 | 6:00-8:00pm | Hosted by Con Edison


After several months of collaboration and hard work, Urban Green Council is happy to announce the release of the Building Resiliency Task Force report! In support of this release, Urban Green will be hosting a few educational events, which will detail the recommendations, their impact, and New York City’s next steps.
Building Resiliency Revealed is the premiere event and will include an overview of the Task Force structure and process, as well as the city’s need for resiliency measures. This overview will be followed by a panel discussion by Task Force Members, examining the impact of the proposals. Panelists will also offer reactions to the recommendations from policy, design, and development perspectives. 

Interested in specific resiliency measures? Don't miss our upcoming Task Force roundtable discussions: Emergency Operating Procedures, Build Your Own "Bathtub", and The New World of Backup Generators.

Jeff Brodsky | President, Related Management

As President of Related Management, Jeff oversees direct and asset management of a diversified portfolio representing over 40,000 apartment units in 17 states and over 8.0 million square feet of commercial/retail space. He is a member of the Residential Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, and the recipient of its 2006 George M. Brooker Management Executive of the year award. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Housing Conference, a member of the Sustainability Committee of the Real Estate Roundtable, and has served as Urban Green Council's chairman since 2010.


Fiona Cousins | Principal, Arup

As one of Arup’s Principals, Fiona leads the New York office’s sustainability team, as well as the mechanical engineering team. With extensive experience in both sustainability consulting and mechanical engineering, Fiona’s interest in low-energy design has developed throughout her career. As a result, she is a frequent presenter on low carbon solutions. Fiona is a co-author of the newly released, Two Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate and served as Chair of Urban Green Council’s Board of Directors from 2007 to 2008. She was also the co-chair of the HVACR, Plumbing & Fire Protection Working Group for the Building Resiliency Task Force.

Robert LiMandri | Commissioner, NYC Buildings Department

As Commissioner of the Department of Buildings, Robert leads nearly 1,100 architects, engineers, inspectors and attorneys in their mission to ensure public safety and facilitate construction at more than 975,000 properties throughout New York City. With 20 years of experience in the real estate and construction industry, Robert has helped the Department become a worldwide leader in construction safety and digital development. Prior to the joining the Department in 2002, Robert was a Director at RealFoundations, a real estate and construction consulting firm and Vice President at OpsXchange, an e-procurement solution firm.

Angela Pinsky | Senior Vice President of Management Services and Government Affairs, Real Estate Board of New York
The Senior Vice President of Management Services and Government Affairs, Angela is responsible for the commercial and residential management division, including building codes and property regulation, at REBNY. She is a leader in the effort to improve communication and procedures between the private sector and city agencies as well as the coordinator of REBNY’s efforts towards a greener New York. Angela previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development during Mayor Bloomberg’s first term. 

Cecil Scheib | Director of Advocacy, Urban Green Council
Cecil is Director of Advocacy for Urban Green Council and served as Managing Director of the Building Resiliency Task Force. An engineer with over twenty years sustainability experience, Cecil works with the Mayor's Office and City Council to draft and enact environmental legislation and helped create a Green Building Roadmap for NYC's next mayor. He was previously Director of Energy and Sustainability at New York University, cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in five years. He also founded Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, an off-grid community demonstrating innovative sustainable technology and social systems. 

Michael Schrieber | Chief Strategic Officer, Cassena Care

Michael is Chief Strategic Officer for Cassena Care, a long-term conglomerate that operates ten skilled nursing facilities in the New York region with over 3,000 beds.  Michael became leader in disaster preparedness in the wake of 2011's Hurricane Irene, when he spearheaded the evacuation and repopulation of two of his facilities.  He has since become a champion for creating emergency preparedness and response systems at the city, state, and national levels that better address the realities of handling a crisis in the health care realm.  He sits on the Board of Directors for New York State Health Care Facilities Association, is a member of the American Health Care Association's Disaster Preparedness Committee, and is a national speaker on all-hazards preparedness and response.  
Russell Unger | Executive Director, Urban Green Council

As Executive Director, Russell has established Urban Green Council as a national leader in advocacy, education, and major initiatives for the green building movement. He has drafted and led negotiations on many environmental laws, while serving as Legislative Counsel for three City Council committees. As the former Assistant Director in the New York City Mayor's Office of Contract Services, Special Counsel for Environmental Procurement; and Special Advisor on Sustainable Development to then-Speaker Miller of the New York City Council, his unique approaches to problem-solving established him as an industry leader on programs and lasting policy. Russell served as the Chair of the Building Resiliency Task Force, co-managing the enormous effort, with responsibilities that ranged from big-picture messaging to the technical details of the proposals.


GBCI: Approved for 1.5 CE Hour
AIA CES: Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hour

6:00 - 6:30pm Registration and Reception
6:30 - 8:00pm Presentation and Panel Discussion

Con Edison Company of New York
4 Irving Place - 19th Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10003

Special thanks to Con Edison for hosting this event!
 If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please send us an email.