Tour

One Bryant Park Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 LU/HSW Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$20
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission

Photo courtesy of COOKFOX

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Registration is now closed.

The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park is the first commercial high-rise to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Designed to embrace daylight, fresh air, and an intrinsic relationship to the outdoors, the tower stands as a model for contemporary workplaces. The 55-story, 2.2 million square foot project utilizes a variety of water-saving and energy conservation measures such as greywater recycling, rainwater harvesting, thermal ice-storage, and under-floor air filtration. Its floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall minimizes solar gain while simultaneously providing exquisite views overlooking Bryant Park.

Join us for a tour led by Bob Fox (COOKFOX) of this transformative skyscraper and experience the innovative features of urban stewardship that it has to offer.

This tour is open to Urban Green Council members only. 

speaker
Bob Fox
Partner Emeritus, COOKFOX Architects

Bob Fox is one of New York’s most respected architects and a foremost authority on green building. In addition to leading the design of 4 Times Square and One Bryant Park, Fox was the only architect to serve on Mayor Bloomberg’s Advisory Council for the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. He is the founding chairman of Urban Green Council, a recipient of the U.S. Green Building Council's highest honor, the Leadership Award, and an influential voice throughout the architectural community.

PS 62: The Net-Zero Energy School Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 LU/HSW Hours
Event Prices: 
Non-Member
$20
Urban Green Council Member
$15
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission

Photo courtesy of James Ewing

See a photo recap of this event on the Urban Green blog.


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Registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

Join us for an exclusive tour of P.S. 62: The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability—the first net-zero-energy school in New York City. Using onsite renewable sources, this pioneering elementary school is designed to harvest as much energy as it uses on an annual basis.  

As the NYC School Construction Authority’s first “sustainability lab,” the building incorporates a host of sustainable features, including an ultra-tight building envelope, daylit offset corridors, a geo-exchange system, a solar thermal system for hot water, as well as a vegetable garden and greenhouse. Come explore this trailblazing school with a curriculum that doesn’t stop in the classroom.

TRANSPORTATION

A bus will leave University Place at 14th Street in Manhattan promptly at 3:00PM. After the tour, the bus will return attendees to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George, and attendees will be responsible for their own transportation from there.

The tour at the school will begin at 4:00PM.

speakers
Jeffrey Rios
Engineer, In Posse LLC

Jeff is an engineer at In Posse and has over 16 years of experience in the building industry focusing on Mechanical System design, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building practices. He served as lead mechanical designer and project manager for the design of The Kathleen Grimm School, where his broad range of experience in the MEP industry helped him look at different building system challenges from different vantage points and reach the best solution for problems at hand.

Caroline Yu
Senior Architectural Professional, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)

Caroline Yu is responsible for overall coordination of building services and structural systems in all phases of a project at SOM. Her recent work on the The Kathleen Grimm School established her as a leader in the execution of projects that feature exceptional levels of innovation in sustainability.

Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

The Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility (also known as the Sims Recycling Facility) is an essential component of New York City’s sustainable waste management strategy. Opened in 2013 to ensure environmentally sound and cost-effective municipal recycling, this site serves as the principal processing facility for all of NYC’s curbside metal, glass, and plastic recyclables. Sunset Park is also home to one of the city’s largest solar power installations, a 100 kW wind turbine, and three artificial reefs.

Join us in learning about the project’s award-winning sustainable design and how the facility processes more than 19,000 tons of recyclable items collected by the Department of Sanitation each month.

This tour is open to Urban Green Council members only.

speaker
Eadaoin Quinn
Education Coordinator, Sims Municipal Recycling

Eadaoin is an environmental educator focused on promoting waste reduction. At Sims Municipal Recycling, she has brought the Recyclarium, a mobile recycling education lab, to events and schools throughout the city reaching nearly 15,000 visitors. Eadaoin leads Sims’ educational outreach at the new state-of-the-art recycling facility and education center in Brooklyn.

United Nations Headquarters Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Tickets for this event have sold out. Please visit our event page for a list of upcoming programs.

When Ban Ki Moon became Secretary General of the United Nations, he announced a plan for the UN Headquarters to “become a globally acclaimed model of efficient use of energy and resources.” Over the past 10 years, the headquarters has executed their Capital Master Plan to complete a significant renovation, including structural, mechanical, electrical, and technology improvements. 

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the UN and learn about the sustainable renovations and resiliency initiatives that were developed post-Superstorm Sandy. 

This tour is open to Urban Green Council members only.

SCHEDULE
4:15 - 4:30 PM  Registration and Security Check-in
4:30 - 6:00 PM  Tour

speakers
Michael Adlerstein
Assistant Secretary General , United Nations

In his role, Mr. Adlerstein is also the Executive Director of the United Nations’ Capital Master Plan, a program to restore and renovate the historic United Nations Headquarters.

Paul Eagle
Managing Director, New York Office, Perkins+Will

Mr. Eagle has over twenty-five years of consulting experience in the field of pre-architectural programming, long range master planning, and strategic facility development.

Keith Fitzpatrick
Senior Vice President, Syska Hennessy Group

Mr. Fitzpatrick was appointed to Senior Vice President in 2003 after serving as an Associate Partner. He specializes in commercial buildings and institutional facilities.

Whole Foods Market Gowanus Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 LEED-Specific GBCI CE Hour
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.


Gowanus Whole Foods
Photo by Chris Cooper Photographer.

Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the first and most innovative Whole Foods Market to-date. Located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, many view this location as a catalyst for the current redevelopment underway along the canal. Throughout the planning process, the project team worked with the local community to assure current and future needs were met, while transforming the industrial legacy of the site into a LEED Platinum Certified project. Through energy-efficient design, a rooftop solar array, and a combined heat and power system, this former brownfield site is 60% more energy efficient than an average grocery store.

Please note, the tour group will observe the greenhouse from the roof, but will not be going inside. This tour is open to Urban Green Council members only.

speakers
Nicole Baum
Marketing & Partnerships Manager, Gotham Greens

Ms. Baum manages the marketing and branding efforts for Gotham Greens, the owner and operator of the greenhouses atop Whole Foods Gowanus.

Denis Boyle
Facilities and Renovation Project Manager, Whole Food Market

Mr. Boyle oversees equipment operations and maintenance, facility management, and renovations of Whole Foods Market locations in NYC.

Paul Curcio
Manager, Engineering, BL Companies

Mr. Curcio was the overall architecture and engineering project manager for the Whole Foods Gowanus project.

Rainer Muhlbauer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Architecture, BL Companies

Mr. Muhlbauer serves on the Board of Directors for BL Companies and is a facilitator for the company’s Leadership Development program.

Caren Skibell
In-Store Facilitator, Whole Foods Market

In her role, Ms. Skibell is responsible for educating 1000 team members on subjects such as environmental issues and maintaining organic standards at two of the busiest Whole Foods Market stores.

New York School of Interior Design Graduate Center Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 LEED-Specific GBCI CE Hour
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$5
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View, and learn more about the thinking behind the renovation in a Q & A with Ethan Lu.


NYSID Graduate Center
Photo credit: Gensler

Join us for a tour of New York School of Interior Design’s LEED Platinum Graduate Center. Completed in 2010, the Center exemplifies the school’s commitment to sustainability, boasting many environmentally conscious features:

  • LED lighting and daylight-harvesting technology
  • An advanced HVAC system and occupancy-based thermal controls
  • Finishes made from recycled materials
  • Low-VOC paints
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • ​Sophisticated zoning of areas to optimize energy performance

This event was coordinated by Urban Green Council's Emerging Professionals Committee, a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability.

Please note, this tour is open to Urban Green Council members only.

speaker
Ethan Lu, AIA NCIDQ IDEC LEED AP BD+C
Director of Post-Professional Programs, New York School of Interior Design

At NYSID, Mr. Lu is the director of post-professional programs, program director of the MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments program, and organized the Sustainability Advisory Board. He is currently the principal and cofounder of Metropolitan United Studio, an environmentally responsible design firm based in New York City and Seoul.

Conrad New York Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 LEED-Specific GBCI CE Hour
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Due to severe weather, this event has been postponed.


ConradNY
  The Conrad New York Hotel. Photo courtesy of KPF.

Join us for an exclusive tour of the Conrad New York; the state’s first LEED Gold project certified under the 2009 New Construction and Major Renovation rating system. The 612,000-square-foot building—formerly a 10-year-old Embassy Suites Hotel—was fully renovated to include the following sustainable features:

  • A green roof and chef’s garden
  • Bike racks for public use
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve water
  • LED lighting (for more than 60% of all lighting)
  • Low VOC materials for improved air quality
  • Energy Star appliances to conserve electricity

Please note, this tour is open to Urban Green Council members only.

speaker
Devin Ratliff, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

As Project Manager for the Conrad New York, Mr. Ratliff led the hotel’s transformation into a new, luxury destination in Battery Park. With over 18 years of experience, he is an in-house sustainability and LEED resource, providing education, expertise, and review of project designs in KPF’s New York office.

Delos Living Office Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 CE Hour
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission


Rendering by Neoscape

Join us for an exclusive tour of Delos Living's office in Greenwich Village. The space aims to showcase the WELL Building Standard’s progressive and preventative approach to health and wellness, while maximizing employee potential. This event is open to Urban Green Council Members only.

speaker
Jessica Cooper, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C, GPRO:CM
Project Manager & Sustainability Director, Delos Living, LLC

At Delos, Ms. Cooper seeks to improve health and wellness in our living and work spaces while minimizing impact on the natural environment. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis.

7 Bryant Park Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 LEED Specific CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Non-member
$15
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.


Join us for an exclusive tour of 7 Bryant Park, a 28-story office tower aiming for LEED Gold Certification designed by architecture firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Its many sustainable features include cogeneration, heat recovery, and stormwater reclamation systems, and a high-performing façade. The developer, Hines, is a world leader in sustainable real estate strategies and will offer insights into the competitive Manhattan commercial market as well as the decision to pursue LEED Certification.


Rendering of 7 Bryant Park

speaker
Tommy Craig
Senior Managing Director, Hines

Mr. Craig has led Hines’ New York Regional Office since 1996; among his portfolio of projects are the developments of 7 Bryant Park and the Museum of Modern Art West site at 53 West 53rd Street. He is also an adjunct professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School.

Passive House Tour

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Non-member
$15
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.

Visit a Passive House in the middle of a gut renovation! Join Ken Levenson, President of NY Passive House on a tour of an historic masonry townhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The air barrier and mechanical systems are installed and visible, so attendees can see how the insulation, window and solar hot water systems will complete the fully integrated Passive House approach.

When completed, the house will achieve Passive House EnerPHit performance and certification, and become one of the most comfortable and energy efficient homes in the U.S. The project's Passive House team; architect Jane Sanders, engineer Cramer Silkworth and contractor Jeremy Shannon, will be present to explain details and answer questions.

This is a great on-site companion event to the NY14 Passive House Conference & Expo happening two days earlier in Manhattan.

speaker
Ken Levenson
Partner, 475 High Performance Building Supply

Observing the gap between high performance buildings and the US building supply industry, Ken, along with CEO Floris Keverling Buisman, took on the task of establishing 457. The company supplies the US market with carefully selected products that focus on what matters most in high-performance, ecological, low-energy construction: airtightness, ventilation, insulation, fully integrated openings, and a predictably calculated energy balance. Additionally, Ken is a Certified Passive House Designer, a founding board member of the National Passive House Alliance and of the New York Passive House.

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