Zone Greener: Facilitating Solar Adoption

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Zone Greener Solar


In 2012, the City of New York adopted a package of amendments to the NYC Zoning Resolution, collectively called Zone Green, to facilitate more sustainable and energy-efficient design. Zone Green addressed barriers to building thicker, better-insulated walls. It also covered the inclusion of sustainable design strategies, such as solar panels, solar shading systems, green roofs, and greenhouses.

Fast forward six years: although Zone Green successfully solved the problems anticipated at the time, new technologies and new barriers have since emerged. Last fall, Urban Green Council convened a Task Force of over 40 stakeholders to develop a roadmap for Zone Greener, a set of potential updates to the Zoning Resolution that would unlock further opportunities for the next generation of green building. 


Part 2 of the Zone Greener event series, Facilitating Solar Adoption will focus on modifications to the Zoning Resolution that would continue to advance solar energy in New York City. This event will discuss the uptake of solar installations since 2012, as well as recommendations for newly-identified issues involving rooftop solar, ground-mounted solar and solar batteries.

Part 1 of the series focused on building better walls. You can read more about that event here.



Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP
Senior Policy Advisor, Urban Green Council

In addition to serving as a Senior Policy Advisor for Urban Green, Laurie Kerr FAIA, LEED AP is the President of lk POLICY LAB and the former Director of Policy at Urban Green Council. A licensed architect with over 15 years of experience, Kerr is a national leader in the development of green building and urban sustainability policy. As Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, she was responsible for developing the city’s signature green building policies, including the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the NYC Green Codes Task Force, the Mayoral Challenges to Universities and Hospitals, and the Energy-Aligned Lease. Kerr has been awarded the AIANY’s Public Architect Award and the NYS AIA’s DelGaudio Award for outstanding service to the profession and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She serves on the board of the Global Cool Cities Alliance and the Cornell Alumni Advisory Board for Sustainability and is the inaugural Director for Sustainability at AIANY.

Derric Meister, LEED AP
New York Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY

Sustainable CUNY is leading a transformational change in NY through CUNY Sustainability, Energy and Solar. A member of the Zone Greener Working Group, Derric Meister is currently working with the NYSolar Smart Distributed Generation Hub on permitting, interconnection, and zoning and planning issues in NYC, as well as supporting the NY-Sun PV Trainers Network across NY State. Before joining Sustainable CUNY, Meister worked at the forefront of the huge growth in the solar market as a residential engineering manager and solar tech. He has designed and worked on hundreds of projects in various states throughout the northeast, from as small as a few kilowatts to over a megawatt.

James Hannah
Vice President, Client Energy Services, Bright Power, Inc.

Bright Power is leading energy and water management company headquartered in New York City.  From data analytics to design-build services, Bright Power delivers on onsite power generation, efficiency, green building and resiliency solutions to the real estate sector.  Hannah and his team are responsible for developing and coordinating the projects and services that Bright Power provides for its clients.  Hannah uses his knowledge of energy systems, building science, green building certifications, local codes, incentives, project financing and real estate to help property managers, investors/owners and developers increase property value and achieve their sustainability goals.    

Monika Jain
Senior Urban Designer, New York City Department of City Planning

The New York City Department of City Planning is instrumental in designing the City’s physical and socioeconomic framework to make all of New York a sustainable and better place to live. Monika is the sustainability liasion for DCP and was the project manager for Zone Green that won the National Planning Excellence award from American Planning Association (APA) and William H. Whyte award instituted by Metro chapter of APA.