Urban Green at the Building Energy NYC Conference

Urban Green's Sean Brennan speaks at BuildingEnergy NYC in 2016. Photo courtesy of NESEA.

October 12 marks the 2017 BuildingEnergy NYC Conference, hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). The conference—which also serves as a trade show for key players like Con Edison, NYSERDA, National Grid and more—targets professionals and practitioners working on energy efficiency initiatives, high-performance buildings and renewables.

Not to be missed at BuildingEnergy NYC are three thought-provoking sessions featuring Urban Green staff:

Scale it Up: How NYC Agencies Will Reach 80x50
Thursday, October 12, 2017

New York City’s 80x50 carbon reduction goal is arguably the most ambitious in the country. Perhaps even more ambitious are the strategies that city agencies are employing to get there.

Urban Green Council’s Education Director, Ellen Honigstock, will be chairing the session, Scale it Up: How NYC Agencies Will Reach 80x50.

During this session, five NYC agencies will share their “big picture” ideas for how we will reach 80X50, highlighting challenges we’ll face along the way and what’s coming next. Panelists from these agencies include: Bomee Jung (New York City Housing Authority); Mikael Amar (New York City Department of Environmental Protection); Tarek Arafat (Citywide Administrative Services); Chris Diamond (NYC Department of Design and Construction); and Jessica Wurwarg (NYC Department of Transportation).

New York City agencies are implementing innovative plans at a scale unmatched in the U.S. As New Yorkers, we should take pride the work being done on NYC buildings, and understanding how far NYC agencies have come to reaching 80x50 is just the first step.

Building Products of the Future: Where Are We Heading
Thursday, October 12, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

This session, chaired by NESEA’s Tone Søndergaard, will share the findings from a recent Urban Green Council and NYSERDA study assessing the industry demand for new building products.

"Our interviews and research could help redirect millions of dollars in NYSERDA funding to bring long-awaited products to our market, like the Ferrari of curtain walls or a smart replacement for PTACs," Sean Brennan, Urban Green’s Research Manager, said of the study.

Brennan will be one member of an expert panel discussing the results, which they hope will help building product research better supply the industry with innovative products that meet new building requirements.

In Deep Water: Examining the Water-Energy Nexus at the Building Level
Thursday, October 12, 2017
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Because buildings use water in a variety of ways—including heating, cooling and hot water—there is ample room for improvement in energy and water efficiency. Urban Green Policy Director Laurie Kerr will join a panel of experts on these interrelated topics, dubbed the “Water-Energy Nexus,” as they draw best practices, benefits and alternative approaches from data-driven case studies.

About the authors

Kaitlin Logsdon
Kaitlin Logsdon is the Communications and Development intern at Urban Green Council.