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1st Wednesday: AIA 2030 Commitment

May 2nd, 2012 - 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Hosted by Thornton Tomasetti


In December of 2005, the American Institute of Architects adopted a
Sustainable Architectural Practice Position Statement that set the profession on a trajectory toward carbon neutrality. It called for a 50 percent reduction from the current level of fossil fuel consumption used to construct and operate new and renovated buildings by the year 2010 and further reductions of remaining fossil fuel consumption by 10 percent or more in each of the following five years with the ultimate goal of zero fossil fuel consumption by the year 2030.

The AIA 2030 Commitment program is the organization's cornerstone effort to demonstrate the progress its members are making toward meeting these targets. To date, more than 170 A&E firms have signed on to the voluntary program, ranging in size from the sole practitioner to the multi-national practice. However, slightly less than half of these companies provided information on their annual progress on time to be included in the recently published First Annual Report. Of the 10 NYC firms that made the commitment, most have not completed the required paperwork. Join us to learn more about the commitment and gain an understanding of the tools available to make participation as painless as possible.  Hear sustainable leaders at three firms explain how they managed the process and the ongoing challenges and opportunities they face.

Ilana Judah, Int’l Assoc. AIA, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainability/Senior Associate FXFOWLE Architects
Ilana has over 14 years experience as a senior architect leading teams and developing solutions for projects of various scales and typologies. Ilana’s role at FXFOWLE is to further advance knowledge and implementation of environmentally-responsible design. She participated on Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City Green Codes Task Force on the Climate Change Adaptation Committee. She is Co-Chair of the AIA NY Committee on the Environment (COTE), and a founding member of ASHRAE’s New York Sustainability Committee.

Larry Jones, Associate, Atelier Ten
As Atelier Ten's international benchmarking practice leader, Larry has a background in environmental management systems and processes with particular experience managing LEED, Estidama, and BREEAM green building certification for major institutional and commercial projects. Larry currently heads the Atelier Ten New Haven environmental design group. His experience in environmental design includes many LEED-certified institutional, community and K-12 projects designed with innovative, energy-efficient strategies. Larry has guest lectured at Yale School of Architecture and the University of New Haven. He is a LEED-Accredited Professional and holds a BS in environmental engineering from Syracuse University.

Jennifer Preston, LEED® AP BD+C
Jennifer leads the research and development of sustainable architectural solutions for BKSK projects. Her expertise has helped project teams identify key opportunities for reducing energy loads and implementing forward-thinking sustainable innovations. With her leadership, BKSK joined the AIA 2030 Commitment, and Jennifer now manages and tracks the program’s targeted goals. She is currently guiding a number of BKSK’s high-profile projects, including the NYC Parks Department’s Olmsted Center, the new Washington Square Park Visitor Center, an ambitious new residential development in SoHo, and the Mamaroneck Public Library.

She balances her professional practice with academic endeavors as an associate professor of design at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. She is a Living Building Challenge Advocate and serves on the Steering Committee for the AIA-NY Committee on the Environment (COTE).

GBCI CE Hours (LEED CMP Credits): 1.0
Suggested CMP Reporting Categories: Synergistic opportunities and LEED application process, Project site factors
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD 1.0
(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors - See Sections 17 & 18 here )

Thornton Tomasetti
51 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010


Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti for hosting this event.

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This is one of several monthly programs developed by our volunteer Monthly Programs Committee

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Leadership Level Member ($250+ annually): Free Admission
Sponsor Member: Free Admission
Urban Green Council Member: $10
Non-member: $15