Urban Green Presents

Turning Wasted Heat Into A Resource

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Projects that harvest and reuse internal heat can improve efficiency for heat pump systems, even in a cold climate like New York City.

Expert designers, installers, and owners will share innovative strategies for maximizing heat pump system efficiency.

Busting Myths About Next-Gen Refrigerants

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heat pump installation

The industry is undergoing a transition to refrigerants with low to no GWP (global warming potential). This is occurring against a backdrop of fluctuating federal and state regulations. 

During this webinar you’ll hear from a panel of experts from leading HVAC manufacturers discuss the timeline and the regulatory changes we should expect to see.
 

moderator
John Mandyck
CEO, Urban Green Council

speakers
Richard Lord
Senior Fellow, Carrier Corporation

Doug Tucker
Director of Industry and Government Relations, Mitsubishi Electric

John Sheff
Director of Public & Industry Affairs, Danfoss

Steve Kujak
Director Next Generation Refrigerant Research, Trane

A Path to Zero Waste with TRUE

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Zero waste practices support the triple bottom line, and designers play a key role in the success of zero waste initiatives. Well-designed waste stations and storage space are necessary to correctly separate and divert waste. Without sufficient dishwashers, zero waste dining is difficult and costly to achieve. 

Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) Zero Waste is the first program dedicated to measuring and improving zero waste system performance. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. and supported by the  USGBC, TRUE evaluates how well facilities perform in minimizing their nonhazardous solid waste and maximizing resource use efficiency. TRUE sets a high bar by going beyond diversion and focusing on upstream policies and practices.   

Join Urban Green for a zero waste webinar on May 21. Celeste McMickle of TRUE, Clare Miflin from the Center for Zero Waste Design, and Krietta Marley from Foodprint Group will discuss TRUE certification and the importance of zero waste from design to certification. 

Registration will be through Urban Green’s GoToMeeting site. If you’re a member and would like the discount code for this event, please contact kl@urbangreencouncil.org.

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LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Webinar

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Join us for a fast-paced and engaging LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Webinar, designed to give you the guidance, tools and direction needed to successfully pass the exam. This 90-minute virtual training will focus on key areas covered on the test including:

  • Managing LEED projects
  • LEED project costs
  • Sustainability synergies
  • Exam-specific LEED credit details
  • Test taking tips and strategies

In addition to delivering the material in a clear and concise format, this webinar presents the types of questions that are asked on the exam so you know exactly what and how to study. Our virtual training concludes with a mini in-class practice exam that accurately reflects the types of questions you'll see on the test, providing an opportunity to put the concepts to practice.

Registration will be on Urban Green’s GoToMeeting site. If you’re a member and would like the discount code for this event, please contact kl@urbangreencouncil.org.

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Alex Spilger
Senior Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield

Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield and Founder of GreenStep Education. He has consulted on over 100 diverse green building projects with high profile clients such as Google, Salesforce, Adobe, VF Outdoors, The College Board and the Wharton School of Business, among others. Alex has taught over 300 green building workshops across the globe through organizations such as the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects (AIA), Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the Stanford Graduate School of Business to name a few. He has also developed curriculum for UC Berkeley where he teaches a 6-week Green Building Project Management course. Alex is USGBC Faculty, WELL Faculty and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA.

Going Electric: Retrofitting NYC's Multifamily Buildings

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To achieve a low-carbon future, we’ll need to transition our buildings from burning fossil fuels to using electricity for heating and hot water. This process, known as electrification, will bring a heating revolution to the New York City multifamily building sector and requires an equally comprehensive effort from the city government and industry. 

For our just-released report, Going Electric: Retrofitting NYC's Multifamily Buildings, Urban Green consulted with more than 40 advisors from the real estate, energy efficiency, HVAC manufacturing, utility and government sectors to learn why so few multifamily buildings have invested in these retrofits and what must be done to change this trajectory.

This live webinar will examine the report findings, including identifying primary barriers for multifamily buildings to invest in retrofits and nine steps to address these barriers in the next five years.  

speakers
Kelly Dougherty LEED GA
Vice President of Energy Management, FirstService Energy

FirstService Residential is the largest manager of residential communities in North America. Kelly Dougherty develops and implements long-term efficiency strategies for properties managed by FirstService Residential with the aim of reducing energy use, emissions and costs. She works with industry leaders and government agencies to keep clients informed on the latest technologies and regulatory requirements. Dougherty also develops in-depth training seminars on efficiency best practices for property managers and building staff. Her efforts have strengthened FirstService Residential’s commitment to being a leader in sustainability and reducing their portfolio’s energy consumption.

Donovan Gordon
Director of Clean Heating & Cooling, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Donovan Gordon leads New York State’s efforts to develop markets that support renewable, high-efficiency, and clean thermal systems. He also develops and implements educational workforce training and marketing/outreach initiatives for scalable growth of clean heating and cooling technologies partnering with public, private, and academic institutions. Donovan received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. Francis College and a Master in Business Administration from NYU, Stern School of Business.

Sean Brennan
Associate Director of Research, Urban Green Council

Sean Brennan leads Urban Green’s Research team. He is responsible for identifying and executing studies that reveal industry trends and influence building design. He has worked in the energy and utility space for over 10 years and has specialized in building science and analysis. Brennan has improved energy efficiency and asset maintenance programs at Pacific Gas & Electric and Sempra utilities in California. He has conducted research with the NRDC and USGBC, managed mechanical design projects with Integral Group and helped sustainability software startup Sefaira build its product and develop a portfolio of architectural and engineering clients. He has worked on hundreds of commercial, educational and specialty projects across North America to optimize envelope and HVAC design. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

Christopher Raup
Director of State Regulatory Affairs, Con Edison

Con Edison provides electric delivery service to 3.7 million customers, natural gas deliver service to 1.2 million customers, and district steam service to 1,600 customers, all in the New York City metropolitan area. Chris Raup and the State Regulatory Affairs team manage state regulatory engagement on topics including renewable energy, advanced metering infrastructure, electric vehicles and heat pumps. Raup also led Con Edison’s development of alternatives to natural gas pipelines for meeting customer heating needs, and advocated for direct utility participation in helping the state achieve renewable energy goals.

moderator
John Mandyck
CEO , Urban Green Council

John Mandyck joined Urban Green Council in 2018 as its first-ever CEO. He capped a 25-year career as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation, a Fortune 45 global leader in the building, aerospace and food refrigeration industries. He also serves as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business. Mandyck is the founding chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, a former board chair of Urban Green, and co-author of the book Food Foolish.

Concrete Ways to Capture Carbon

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Construction Concrete

Due to the inability of our out-of-town speakers to travel, we are canceling Concrete Ways to Capture Carbon. We apologize for any inconvenience and will be issuing a full refund to all registrants. Please contact programs@urbangreencouncil.org with any questions.


Concrete is the most commonly used building material in the world, and the second most used substance after water. Its central ingredient, portland cement, is a leading source of global industrial emissions—and demand for cement is on track to grow 23 percent by 2050. However, finished concrete also has the extraordinary potential to store carbon in mineral form, locking away emissions that would otherwise wind up in the atmosphere. 

In this panel, experts from the private sector and academia will discuss the importance of addressing concrete’s embodied emissions in achieving city and state climate goals. Mature carbon reduction solutions, as well as newer carbon sequestration innovations, will be featured and explored. And recently introduced policies at the municipal and state level that aim to jumpstart the market for low carbon concrete will be reviewed, including New York State’s own low-carbon concrete procurement legislation, currently introduced in the State Assembly.

moderator
Chris Neidl
, OpenAir

speakers
Richard Riman
Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University

Christine Weydig
Director, Office of Environmental and Energy Programs, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Amanda Kaminsky
Founder and Principal, Building Product Ecosystems, LLC.

Gina Cali
Architectural Sales Executive, Glenwood Mason Supply Co.

Biophilia in Building Design and Operations

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Registration for this event is now closed. Unfortunately, walk-ins are not accepted for this program. 

Biophilic design is gaining traction in the building industry, but how is it actually being implemented in New York City? And in what ways does it benefit building occupants and the environment?

Join Urban Green on March 4 for an event about biophilia and the different ways it is applied in practice. Through case studies, experts will demonstrate biophilic best practices for compliance with various building rating systems (LEED, WELL, LBC). Panelists will also discuss the direct and indirect benefits of biophilia.

speakers
Bill Browning, Hon, AIA, LEED AP
Managing Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

Terrapin Bright Green is a research and consulting firm focused on healing the interaction between the natural and built environment. Browning works on complex green building projects, biomimicry, biophilia, ecosystem services metrics and large scale net-zero developments. He was a founding member of the USGBC Board of Directors.

Courtney Small
Sustainability Manager, Etsy

Courtney Small is the Sustainability Manager at Etsy. Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. Courtney manages Etsy's global energy and waste reduction targets and works with stakeholders to address Etsy's shipping emissions. She has an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and is the co-host of the podcast, The Environmental Breakdown.

Bethany Borel
Senior Associate, COOKFOX Architects

COOKFOX is an architectural studio dedicated to integrated, environmentally responsive design. Since joining the studio in 2012, Bethany’s combined knowledge of architecture and interior design has been an asset to a variety of New York City projects, including the firm’s workplace at 250 West 57th Street. In addition to her COOKFOX projects, Bethany frequently speaks on the topics of biophilia and high-performance design and teaches a sustainability studio course at the New York School of Interior Design.

moderator
Eileen Quigley
Sustainable Building Professional

Eileen aims to minimize the effects of the built environment on people and the planet. She has done this by working with building owners to determine their sustainability goals and to manage execution through planning, design, construction and operations of their real estate portfolio. In the past, Eileen has worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and WeWork. She is currently an independent consultant in the building sustainability space.

Greening the Grid: Grid Friendly Buildings

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View slides from the presentations here.


As more renewables come online, the power going through the grid will become more diversified and intermittent. To adapt, buildings will need to store energy and shift loads to maintain the reliability of buildings and the grid. 

Many strategies to do this already exist. Energy storage technology is quickly improving—capacity is increasing and costs are decreasing. A combination of passive design strategies, controls, photovoltaics and a battery system will improve a building’s resilience. This combination can shift loads to overcome the challenges of a low-carbon grid. 

Join Urban Green and the New Buildings Institute on February 27, where panelists will discuss how these strategies are used in existing projects and analyze hypothetical scenarios to explore the strategies’ current limits. They’ll also discuss how to identify the optimal mix of strategies for critical facilities and general office buildings. This is the second event in our Greening the Grid series, which looks at critical topics related to making NYC’s grid more sustainable.

speakers
Ralph DiNola
CEO, New Buildings

Ralph DiNola is the CEO of New Buildings Institute, a national nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon that is shaping the future with innovation, research, design guidance, and advanced building energy policy. For more than 25 years Ralph has served as an advisor and consultant to developers, governments and Fortune 500 companies seeking quantum advances in their building practices and projects. He was founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute and is currently focusing on getting zero energy buildings to scale and supporting advanced jurisdictions as they seek to achieve their climate goals through transformation of the building sector.

Charles Marino
Director of Energy Services, AKF Group

Charlie Marino, CEA is a national leader in energy optimization. As Co-director of AKF’s Energy+Performance group, Charlie oversees a team focused on energy performance and green design. Whether performing portfolio-wide energy analyses for major corporate campuses like Rockefeller Center or enabling Ivy League universities to achieve their sustainability goals, Charlie solves challenges today to build a more sustainable future. Charlie was the commercial sector chair for the NYC Mayor’s Office 80x50 Technical Working Group, and more recently was a participant of Urban Green Council’s 80x50 Buildings Partnership to provide guidance and commentary to City Council as they refined Local Law 97, committed to the reduction of NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions. Charlie is also a past president of ASHRAE NY (2015-2016), and currently serves on the Boards of both ASHRAE NY and Building Energy Exchange to help foster communication between sustainability professionals and the consultant engineering community.

Christopher Wetzel, PE
Associate, Jaros Baum & Bolles

moderator
Ellen Honigstock
Director of Education, Urban Green Council

Ellen oversees the development of Urban Green's Public Programs. She is also responsible for developing curriculum for Urban Green's signature programs including GPRO, a national green building certificate program for Contractors, Building Managers/Operators and Trades and Conquering the Energy Code, a training program for Architects and Engineers. Ellen has 28 years experience as an architect and volunteered for Urban Green for several years before joining the staff, where she served as the first Residential Green Building Advocate for Urban Green Council, working to increase green building and LEED for Homes certification in the New York residential marketplace, and as a committee chair of the Green Codes Task Force. In addition, Ellen taught at the 1,000 Green Supers program for SEIU Local 32 BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund, and holds a number of BPI certifications. Ellen is a co-founder of Solarize Brooklyn, and Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace.

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