Case Study

Weill Cornell's Belfer Research Building

Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 1.5 LEED-Specific GBCI CE Hour
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

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Belfer Research Building's double-skinned facade

©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

How do you increase research space while cutting emissions at a high-performance research facility designed to attract the most accomplished investigators and research teams from around the world? We'll hear from the project's owner, sustainability consultant, architect and engineer on how they reduced energy consumption by about 30% and cut emissions by 26% while doubling Weill Cornell Medical College's research space.

With a high-performance, double-skinned, fritted-glass curtain wall to maximize daylighting and decrease cooling loads, the 18-story building achieved LEED Gold and significantly reduced its carbon footprint.

6:00 - 6:30 PM  Registration and Reception
6:30 - 8:00 PM  Presentations and Discussion

William H. Cunningham, AIA, LEED AP
Campus Architect, Weill Cornell Medical College

Mr. Cunningham has guided the transformation of the College’s campus, furthering the institution’s mission of advancing the art and science of medicine. He provides design leadership for all capital projects, helping to achieve Weill Cornell’s environmental goals for renovation and new construction.

Bret Mantyk, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Environmental Designer, Atelier Ten

For the Belfer project, Mr. Mantyk provided environmental design consulting, energy analysis, LEED program administration, and CFD modeling services. He is also a long-time member of Urban Green's Monthly Programs Committee.

Lois Elizabeth Mate, AIA
Associate Partner, Ennead Architects LLP

Ms. Mate has been at Ennead (previously Polshek Partnership) since 1986. She served as Project Manager for the award-winning Weill Greenberg Center, the institution's flagship ambulatory care facility, as well as for the Belfer Research Building. She has managed numerous large-scale laboratory and healthcare projects for Weill Cornell, New York University, and the University of Michigan.

Anthony Montalto, PE, LEED AP
Associate Partner, Jaros Baum & Bolles

Mr. Montalto served as the MEP/FP Project Manager for the Belfer Building and was responsible for the HVAC design of the project. He has managed numerous laboratory, critical facility, and commercial office-use projects, increasingly focusing on academic endeavors in the laboratory research sector. Anthony also serves on the ASHRAE Board of Governors.

Historic Preservation and LEED

Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 1.5 LEED-Specific CE Hours
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
U.S. Treasury Building
The U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C. was built in 1842 and earned LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings in 2011.

Contrary to popular belief, historic buildings are consistently achieving all levels of LEED certification, while preserving both original features and finite resources. Join us to learn how preservationists are using energy audits, retrofits and sustainability management plans to improve buildings, achieve LEED, and protect history.


6:00 - 6:30 PM  Reception
6:30 - 8:00 PM  Presentation

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Assistant Professor & Acting Chair, Sustainable Interior Environments, School of Graduate Studies, FIT, SUNY

Ms. Campagna has worked for the past 25 years as an architect, planner and historian. She is the recipient of the National AIA Young Architect of the Year Award 2002, and was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2009.

EP LEED Crash Course 2013

Join Urban Green Council'sᅠEmerging Professionalsᅠfor our 8th Annual LEED Crash Course.

This Crash Course is aᅠ3 hour lectureᅠwhich uses a case study of an existing LEED certified building to review the various points of the USGBC LEED rating system and green building core concepts. It will provide a brief overview of the LEED rating system, and is most useful to individuals preparing to take the LEED Green Associate exam. It will also serve to introduce the audience to the LEED Accredited Professional designations.

LEED Green Associateᅠis a credential for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. It denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations. You must successfully take and pass the LEED GA exam, as well as fulfill experience requirements to become a LEED AP. The Green Associate credential also serves as the first step for professionals pursuing a LEED AP with specialization.

NOTE: This course does not qualify for or provide GBCI continuing education credits as this is curriculum you need to know BEFORE gaining credentials.

You should attend this course if:

  • You'reᅠtaking the LEED GA examᅠand want to refresh and solidfy knowledge of LEED core concepts in a classroom setting.
  • You're aᅠLEED AP considering adding a specialtyᅠ(BD+C, O&M, etc.), and want to refresh your knowledge of LEED core concepts before pursuing specialty.
  • You want to meet others studying for LEED credentialing, andᅠarrange study groupsᅠafter the event.

Light refreshments will be served.

Joel Ndreu, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Engineer, STVᅠ

Brian Wennersten, LEED AP+
Associate Director,ᅠTurner & Townsend Ferzan Robbins
Founder, SKYed Eco Education

137 Varick St., 2nd Floorᅠ
New York, NY 10013 [MAP]


Special thanks to NYC ACRE for hosting this event. NYC ACRE is the cleantech incubator partnered with NYU Poly and NYSERDA


The Urban Green CouncilᅠEmerging Professionalsare a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability. Led by a core group of volunteer leaders, they develop opportunities for involvement through Urban Green Council to further generate momentum for the green building industry.






Cooling on Climate Change: Designing the Message

Event Prices: 
Free Admission

Urban Green Council invites you to attend Cooling on Climate Change: Designing the Message, a unique half-day conference examining 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.

In 2006, 77% of Americans said there is solid evidence of global warming. That number dipped to 58% early in 2012 and rose again to 70% as late as July. And as of 2019, 60% are "alarmed" or "concerned" about it.With public perception literally changing with the weather, Cooling on Climate Change seeks to explore the messages and campaigns behind these swings.

The goal of the conference is to gather critical thinkers for a candid discussion about climate change messaging and action.Dr. James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies will provide the keynote address.Few scientists have brought more attention to climate change than the outspoken Dr. Hansen, who in his latest paper makes a link between increased greenhouse gases and recent severe weather across the globe.

We will also hear from other leaders shaping climate change messaging for environmental organizations, academic centers researching the influences on public opinion, and architects designing green buildings for clients concerned about climate change and those who are apathetic to it. The panelists will discuss how a scientific topic came to be politicized, the influence of human psychology on our ability and desire to comprehend and combat the problem, and the role that building designers and developers play.

This free event is open to Urban Green Council Members, but registrationᅠis required. ᅠNot a member? ᅠYou can join and attend below. ᅠGBCI continuing education units and AIA continuing education units are available at an additional cost of $75.

Dr. James Hansen,
Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies part of The Earth Institute at Columbia University

PANEL 1: Shifts in Public Perception of Climate Change

  • How have trends in public perception of climate change shifted in the last decade(s)?
  • What factors influence public perception of climate change?
  • How has the issue of climate change become so politicized?
  • What messages calling for action on climate change have been most effective and why?

Bryan Walsh, Senior Editor, TIME International

Elliot Diringer, Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)ᅠ
Lisa Fernandez, Assistant Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University
David Ropeik, Author and Consultant, David Ropeik and Associates, Instructor, Harvard University

PANEL 2: The Role of the Green Building Industry

  • How can the green building movements communicate better about climate change?
  • What is the role of designers, developers, operators, and other real estate professionals in climate changeᅠactivism?
  • What is the role of marketing regarding climate change in the green building industry and how is it adjusted for clients uninterested in mitigating climate change?

Daniel R. Katz, Senior Program Director, Overbrook Foundation

Douglas Wyatt Hocking, AIA, LEED BD+C, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associatesᅠ
Daniel A. Lashof, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Daniel Probst, Chairman, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle

Cooling on Climate Change is part of Climate Week NYC, an annual summit featuring an exciting array of private and public events, focused on tackling climate change and driving a clean industrial revolution.ᅠ GBCI and AIA continuing education credits are available.We hope you?ll join us for this exciting event.

731 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10022


8:00ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ Registration
8:30ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:40ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ Keynote Address
9:20ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ Panel I -ᅠShifts in Public Perception of Climate Changeᅠ
10:40ᅠᅠᅠᅠ Coffee
11:00ᅠᅠᅠᅠ Panel II - The Role of the Green Building Industry
12:20ᅠᅠᅠᅠ Closing Remarks
12:30ᅠᅠᅠᅠ Adjourn

GBCI CE Hours (LEED CMP Credits): 3.0 (Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation; Project Surrounding & Public Outreach)
AIA Continuing Education Credit: HSW/SD 3.0
(AIA credits may also be used by NY State Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors - See Sections 17 & 18 here )

For more about how to sponsor this event, click here.


AIA New York Chapter
ASHRAE New York Chapter
Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
The Center for the Sustainable Built Environment at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
International Facility Management Association, New York City Chapter (IFMA)
The New York Academy of Sciences
The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
Urban Land Institute - ULI New York


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