Unique Paths to a Career in Green Building

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Looking for a career in urban sustainability? The entry point is not always an obvious one. Hear from professionals in the field who have forged their own paths to establish themselves in New York’s green building scene.

Panelists will describe their line of work as it relates to green building, identify challenges and opportunities for candidates looking to enter the field and share lessons learned. A moderated discussion and Q&A session will follow.

2017 EP Career Fair

This panel will take place after our 2017 EP Career Fair. Visit the Career Fair registration page to learn more about that event, or to buy a joint ticket for the Fair and Panel.


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Christian Volkmann
Associate Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY, Program Director, Solar RoofPod, CCNY

Mr. Volkmann is the coordinator of the 3rd Year Undergraduate Design “Comprehensive Design" Studio and leads the Technology curriculum for both Undergraduate and Graduate programs. His main pedagogic focus is on the integration of technical and environmental topics and skills into the design process.

Ahu Aydogan Akseli, PhD
Assistant Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY

Dr. Aydogan Akseli teaches construction technology and design, while also conducting research with her students on dynamic filtration systems. Her research goal is to improve indoor air quality and reduce the energy consumption profile of buildings.

Bret Mantyk LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Atelier Ten

As an experienced sustainable consultant and LEED expert, Mr. Mantyk has spent the last eight years at Atelier Ten guiding complex projects to LEED certification. He is one of the founding members of the Urban Green Council’s Programs Committee and worked as a mechanical engineer before joining Atelier Ten.

Jonce Walker LEED AP CSBA
Associate in the Sustainability Practice, Thornton Tomasetti

Mr. Walker has over 10 years of experience working in sustainability, green building and urban planning. He was previously at Terrapin Bright Green, where he led bespoke and technical projects for various clients, including net zero energy guidelines, biophilic design plan reviews, energy master plans and climate positive developments.

Samuel Man
Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Mr. Man focuses on programs and policies that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from New York City's nearly one million buildings. Prior to this role, Sam provided outreach support for New York State clean energy programs and was an energy auditor for a local utility energy efficiency program, where he provided technical assistance for small commercial businesses throughout New York City.