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2024 Conference: NYC Next


Published on June 11, 2024

To reduce carbon emissions to net zero, New York City must continue to undergo major changes. But what will these changes be? And what trends will shape the city of 2050?

At the 2024 Urban Green Conference, NYC Next, we brought together experts to explain three key trends that will shape the city: how artificial intelligence will affect construction, the growth of heat pump water heaters, and tangible solutions for cutting embodied carbon. We spoke to the individuals who have an inside look at these trends and are doing the work to decarbonize buildings.

Keynote conversation

  • Elijah Hutchinson, Executive Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice

Session 1

AI in Construction: Disruption or Dud?

  • Nora Swanson, JB&B (Moderator)
  • Shane Burger, Woods Bagot
  • Denis Leff, Suffolk Construction
  • Robert Otani, Thornton Tomasetti

Session 2

Turning up the Heat (Pumps) on Hot Water

  • Bomee Jung, Cadence OneFive (Moderator)
  • Sara Bayer, Magnusson Architecture and Planning
  • Nicole Ceci, Steven Winter Associates
  • Jennifer Leone, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Session 3

Embodied Carbon is Here to Stay

  • Amanda Kaminsky, Lendlease (Moderator)
  • Chris Erickson, Climate Earth
  • Diana Farmer, Science-Based Targets Initiative
  • Mariane Jang, NYS Office of General Services
  • Tess McNamara, Arup
Lead Sponsor

Outreach Partners

32BJ Training Fund
AIA Westchester Hudson Valley
Building Energy Exchange
CUNY Building Performance Lab
HXE Partners
Local 94

NYC Accelerator
Passive House Accelerator
The Rangel Initiative
Soulful Synergy
Urban Design Forum

Exploring equitable electrification

Urban Green's Chris Halfnight, Danielle Manley and Adam Schiabor sat down to discuss our latest analysis on equitable electrification in NYC.


High hopes for heat recovery 

How can heat pumps help thousands of NYC's largest buildings reuse their wasted heat?


Cutting down embodied carbon

Ellen Honigstock and Prateek Srivastava sit down with Stantec’s Robby Vogel to get a structural engineer’s take on strategies to reduce embodied carbon.