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GBCI:
Approved for 3.5 CEUs
AIA CES:
Approved for 3.5 CEUs
Event Prices: 
Non-member
$75
Member
$55
2021 Conference

Climate, Equity and Health: No More False Choices

As we navigate this historic time for climate change, racial equity and public health, the built environment sits front and center. New state and federal climate policies are being enacted, and technologies are starting to be deployed at a large enough scale to affect outcomes in all three arenas for generations. 

Our 2021 conference will investigate how we can optimize policy and building design for climate, equity and health together—and discard paradigms that sometimes pit one against the other for compromised solutions. Experts will shed light on the aspects of public policy that are most likely to provide sustainable, equitable and healthy outcomes for all. 

We’ll explore the benefits and unintended consequences of emerging technologies. And we’ll hear about real-world collaborative solutions that integrate these aspects.

Keynote Speakers

Peggy Shepard/Joseph Allen

Systemic Solutions to Systemic Problems

Peggy Shepard | Co-Founder and Executive Director, WE ACT

Peggy Shepard has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy and environmental health community-based participatory research to become a national leader in advancing environmental policy and the perspective of environmental justice in urban communities. 

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Buildings at the Intersection of Climate, Equity and Health

Dr. Joseph Allen | Associate Professor of Exposure Assessment Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard where he created ‘The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’. He works with Fortune 500 companies on implementing Healthy Building strategies in their global portfolios and presents internationally on the topic of Healthy Buildings. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, National Geographic, Financial Times and NPR, among others. 

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Session 1: Prioritizing Health and Equity in Climate Policy

Policymakers and advocates from the city and state will discuss the important changes in climate policy over the past few years that will impact building health and ensure equitable outcomes.

Christopher Coll | Director of Energy Affordability and Equity Program, NYSERDA
Adriana Espinoza | First Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice, NYC Mayor's Office of Climate and Sustainability
Maritza Silva-Farrell | Executive Director, ALIGN
Raya SalterEnergy and Environmental Law and Policy Consultant and Educator, Member of NY State Climate Action Council
Janet Joseph (Moderator) | Senior Vice President for Strategy and Market Development, NYSERDA

Session 2: Building Health and Equity into Electrification

Electrifying heating systems in multifamily buildings could provide a multitude of necessary health and equity benefits including healthy ventilation, cooling relief in the summer, and workforce opportunities for local companies to participate in this burgeoning industry.

Donnel Baird | Founder and CEO, BlocPower
Ryan Cassidy | Director of Sustainability and Construction, RiseBoro Community Partnership
Rory Christian | President, Concentric Consulting Group, LLC
Carolyn Olson | Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Bomee Jung (Moderator) | Principal, Topsight Advisors


Thank You To Our Lead Sponsor

Thank You To Our Host Sponsor

Danfoss

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Conference | Livestream

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 3.5
AIA CES:
Approved for 3.5
Event Prices: 
Non-Member
$75
Member
$55

The full conference recording is available HERE.

Unlocking the Grid: Getting Renewables to NYC

Local Law 97 anticipates that NYC's electric grid will deliver far more renewable energy than is currently available. But where will this electricity be generated? When will it be available to New York City buildings? And what policies will support this transformation?

Our 2020 online conference, Unlocking the Grid: Getting Renewables to NYC, will tackle these questions over four sessions. Regulators, renewable energy developers and industry experts will share how they are overcoming existing barriers and paving the path for a cleaner grid.

KEYNOTE PANEL: THE POLICY LANDSCAPE

The leaders of the three agencies responsible for the direction of New York’s energy policy will discuss the future of renewable energy in the state. 

Alicia Barton | CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Gil Quiniones | CEO, New York Power Authority 
John Rhodes | Chair, New York Public Service Commission and CEO, Department of Public Service
Moderator: John Mandyck | CEO, Urban Green Council

SESSION 1: REAL PROJECTS, REAL TIMELINES

Developers with active offshore wind and other renewable energy projects will share updates and insight into the ongoing process of bringing new utility-scale generation to New York City.  

Julia Bovey | Director of External Affairs, Equinor
Hugues Girardin | Vice President of Development, Boralex
Christopher Hart | President, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind
Moderator: Doreen Harris | Vice President of Large-Scale Renewables, NYSERDA

SESSION 2: HOW WILL GREEN POWER FLOW?

New transmission capacity is needed to transport renewable power to New York City. This panel will address the current and future state of transmission projects and policies, and what it’ll take to bring low-carbon electrons to the city. 

Donald Jessome | CEO, Transmission Developers Inc.
Richard Dewey | President and CEO, NYISO
Moderator: Julie Tighe | President, New York League of Conservation Voters

SESSION 3: WHERE BUILDINGS MEET GRID

New battery technologies are essential for building electrification to advance. Panelists will examine how this will impact buildings and on what timeline. 

John Gilbert | COO, Rudin Management Company
Dan Steingart | Co-Director, Columbia University Electrochemical Energy Center
Damian Sciano | Director of Distribution Planning, Con Edison
Moderator: Charlotte Matthews | Director of Sustainability, Sidewalk Labs

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THANK YOU TO OUR OUTREACH PARTNERS

     Passive House Accelerator            

     New York League of Conservation Voters     

     

2019 Conference

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 3.5 credits
AIA CES:
Approved for 3.5 credits
PDH:
3.5 credits
Event Prices: 
Member
$55
Non-Member
$75
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Retrofitting to scale: 50,000 buildings in 10 years

Thank you for attending our 2019 conference. If you weren't able to join us or just want a refresher, you can watch the recording, download the slides below and read the recap on our blog. We'll also be sharing a recording of the conference in the coming weeks! 

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On May 18, New York City enacted Local Law 97 of 2019, the most ambitious climate legislation for buildings enacted by any city in the world. This historic law sets tough carbon emissions caps for energy use in NYC’s largest buildings starting in 2024. The new legislation impacts about 50,000 buildings and will lead to thousands of building retrofits each year.

To comply with these regulations, building retrofits will have to occur on a scale never before experienced in NYC—or anywhere else.  

Retrofitting to Scale will explore solutions for NYC and other metro areas. What are the barriers to upgrading buildings now? What must change to make scaling retrofits feasible? What business opportunities will emerge? We will explore these questions over three thought-provoking sessions.

SESSION 1: GREATEST OPPORTUNITIES
The first session will identify building systems that have the most potential for efficiency and assess effective energy reduction strategies.

Nicole Ceci | Principal Mechanical Engineer, Steven Winter Associates
Chris Cayten | Principal, CodeGreen

SESSION 2: INNOVATIONS AND EXAMPLES OF SCALE
New technologies, practices and business models are being piloted to reduce energy consumption on a large scale. In this session, industry experts will present how state-of-the-art innovations can help achieve scalability and reduce costs.

Moderator: Clay Nesler | Vice President of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Johnson Controls
Loic Chappoz | Multifamily Team Lead, NYSERDA
Anne Evens | CEO, Elevate Energy
Tom Feeney | Vice President of Operations and Engineering, Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town

SESSION 3: SCALING IT UP
Are cost-effective, fast and high-quality retrofits possible? Leading building retrofit experts will discuss the challenges and potential solutions to scaling retrofits. 

Moderator: Robert Johnson | Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong
Richard Benkowski | Training Specialist, United Associated Department of Education 
Kelly Dougherty | Director of Energy Management, FirstService Residential New York 
Dan Friend | Sales Manager, NORESCO
Sabrina Kanner | Executive Vice President, Design & Construction, Brookfield Properties

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2018 Conference

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 3.5 credits
AIA CES:
Approved for 3.5 credits
PDH:
3.5 credits
Event Prices: 
Member
$55
Non-Member
$75

Thank you to all who attended our 2018 Conference! We hope to see you again next year. 

Weathering the Storm: The Intersection of Finance and Resilience

The architecture, engineering and construction industries have generated a variety of solutions to protect our physical infrastructure from the worst effects of climate change.

But how does that translate to financial resilience? What protects the financial infrastructure that supports design and construction in the first place?

At this year’s conference, experts will prompt attendees to think differently, and with a sharper pencil, about the costs and benefits of resiliency on a large scale. We'll explore this concept over two thought-provoking sessions:

Quantifying a resiliency project means calculating a financial incentive equal to avoiding or minimizing the consequences of a natural disaster. And when you add in the moral imperative of preventing needless harm, what does that do to the numbers?

Developing a resilient building while working within the system of existing financial incentives is challenging. This session will focus on how different markets respond to resiliency and feature examples from developers who have met this challenge.

FEATURING

SESSION 1: QUANTIFYING RESILIENCY

Moderator: Lars Lisell | Engineer, Resilent Energy Systems, NREL 

Jainey Bavishi | Director, NYC Office of Recovery and Resiliency

Ryan Colker | Vice President, National Institute of Building Sciences

Karen Kedem | Vice President of Global Technology, JP Morgan

Chris Wegman | Operations Vice President & Business Risk Consulting, FM Global

SESSION 2: MAKING IT HAPPEN

Moderator: Eric Alini | CEO, CounterPointe Energy Partners LLC

Erin Cabonargi | Director of Development Services, Sterling Bay

Frank Norcross | VP of Hudson Yards Energy, Related Companies

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2017 Urban Green Conference

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 3 credits
AIA CES:
Approved for 3 credits
PDH:
3 credits
Event Prices: 
General Admission
$75
Member Admission
$65

Each year, Urban Green's annual conference tackles an issue or trend relevant to urban professionals in the green building sector.

Thank you to those who attended this year's event.

2017 | It's Electrifying: Exploring NYC’s Climate Plan to Electrify Buildings

October 4, 2017 

Three years ago, New York committed to reducing citywide carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. The framework included three components:

1. Cut building energy use in half,
2. Transition to a low-carbon grid,
3. Electrify systems to reduce fossil fuel use in buildings. 

However, the path to achieving all three legs by 2050 is cluttered with uncertainty, raising more questions than answers. When is the right time to electrify building systems? Which technologies will we be seeing more of? Who will do the work?

Urban Green’s 2017 Conference featured a robust dialogue on emerging energy and building technologies. Industry experts examined central assumptions about how we'll build and operate our buildings over the coming decades.

IT'S ELECTRIFYING EVENT SERIES 

Urban Green has launched a new event series, inspired by our 2017 Conference. These sessions explore questions that were raised during the event, as well as relevant related topics.

DECEMBER 7
It's Electrifying: Converting Heating Systems

FEBRUARY 6  
The Future of Domestic Hot Water in NYC

ELECTRIFICATION BLOG POST SERIES

ONLINE COURSES

CONFERENCE INFORMATION

SESSION 1: ELECTRIFYING THE BUILDING INDUSTRY 

NYC’s 80x50 plan includes a transition to a low-carbon grid. We will dissect the uncertainties, explore the implications and address the challenges of this transition as they relate to our building stock and energy supply. At this session, speakers will discuss possible paths and timelines to achieve our reduced emissions goal. 

Charlotte Matthews, VP of Sustainability, Related Companies (Moderator)
Chris Cavanagh, Manager, New Energy Solutions, National Grid 
Margarett Jolly, Director of Research and Development, Con Edison 
Janet Joseph, SVP for Strategy and Market Development, NYSERDA 
John Reese, SVP, Eastern Generation 

SESSION 2: TRANSFORMING BUILDING SYSTEMS
How will the transformation to electrified building systems play out at the individual building level? At this session, speakers will examine the space heating, water heating, energy generation and energy storage technologies that are likely to become more widespread as we convert our building systems to electricity. 

Scott Frank, Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles (Moderator)
Steven Bluestone, Founder, Passive Dwellings / Co-Founder ICF Panels,        Helix Rebar 
John Cerveny, Director of Resource Development, NY-BEST
Marc Zuluaga, VP and Director, Multifamily Energy Services, Steven
     Winter Associates 


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2017 Facades+ Conference

Event Prices: 
Day 1: Symposium
$500
Day 2: Workshops
$400
Day 1 + 2 Combo
$800

Urban Green Council is proud to sponsor Facades+, the leading conference on high performance and high design building skins. Featuring a range of speakers, the event bridges industry, academia, the building profession, operations, and ownership. The developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building systems integration, central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment—we invite you to join the exciting conversation at Facades+. It is a day-long symposium followed by a day of hands-on workshops.

This is the 6th year of this conference series, and last year over 500 AEC professionals were in attendance.

REGISTER

The 2017 Urban Green Conference

Event Prices: 
General Admission
$75
Member Admission
$65

Each year, Urban Green's annual conference tackles an issue or trend relevant to urban professionals in the green building sector.

2017 | It's Electrifying: Next Steps for Buildings + Systems

October 4, 2017 | The Auditorium, The New School

The basic underlying math tells us that to achieve 80x50, we must do three things:
1. Cut building energy use in half,
2. Green the grid (make the grid carbon neutral), and
3. Electrify systems to reduce fossil fuel use in buildings. 

However, the path to achieving all three legs by 2050 is cluttered with uncertainty, raising more questions than answers. When is the right time to electrify building systems? Which technologies will we be seeing more of? Who will do the work?

Urban Green’s 2017 Conference, It’s Electrifying! Next Steps for Buildings + Systems, will feature a robust dialogue on emerging energy and building technologies and will examine the central assumptions about how we'll build and operate our buildings over the coming decades.

We will be announcing more information on our 2017 event shortly, so check back soon!


2016 | HQ2050

How can we design, build, retrofit, and run commercial offices for a low-carbon future? Dubbed HQ2050, our 2016 conference brought together a group of leading buildings professionals to explore new strategies, barriers, and opportunities for the office of the future.

Read the 2016 conference recap on our blog.

 

2015 | Modern all over again

As NYC strives to reduce its carbon emissions 80% by 2050, the problem of what to do with inefficient—and in some cases deteriorating—midcentury buildings looms large. Urban Green Council’s 2015 annual member conference, Modern All Over Again, explored the building practices of the modern era as well as the current business, design, and conservation benefits of retrofitting and renewing our mid-century icons. 

Read the 2015 conference recap on our blog.

 

2014 | Façade Face-Off: NYC and Beyond

Hours after a coalition of over 300,000 climate marchers and the City of New York both called for a dramatic reduction in carbon pollution, Urban Green’s Façade Face-Off dove into the details of the role buildings will play in doing just that. Why focus on façades? Panelist Kevin Kampschroer (US General Services Administration) said it best: “All good projects must start from the outside in.” 

Read the 2014 conference recap on our blog.

 

2016 Facades+ Conference

Urban Green Council is proud to sponsor Facades+, the leading conference on high performance and high design building skins. Featuring a range of speakers, the event bridges industry, academia, the building profession, operations, and ownership. The developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building systems integration, central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment—we invite you to join the exciting conversation at Facades+.

REGISTER

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