Emerging Professionals

Defining Sustainable Design

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Members
Free Admission
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$5

Is paper really better than plastic? How is your fridge contributing to global food waste? Do biodiesels make sense for a green economy and what is the point of recycling anyway? Using systems and life cycle thinking, TED Speaker Leyla Acaroglu dives into the fascinating world of opportunities that is sustainable design and innovation.  

This event was coordinated by Urban Green Council's Emerging Professionals Committee, a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability.

SCHEDULE
6:30 - 7:00 PM  Reception & EP Introduction
7:00 - 8:00 PM  Presentation
8:00 PM  "Mandatory" Networking at Mustang Harry's (7th Avenue, between 29th & 30th Streets)

speaker
Leyla Acaroglu
Founder, Disrupt Design

TED speaker, award winning designer, and sustainability provocateur Leyla Acaroglu explores counterintuitive ideas about what sustainability is and how we can use it to bring about innovative design solutions.

Emerging Professionals at the Urban Green Gala

Event Prices: 
Emerging Professional Member
$50

Online registration is now closed.  If you would like to purchase a ticket to tonight's event please contact Anne Sjolander at as@urbangreencouncil.org or by phone at 212-514-9385 x124.


Student and Emerging Professional members of Urban Green Council: Don’t miss the 2014 Urban Green Gala! For a discounted rate, join us at Tribeca Rooftop Three-Sixty for New York City’s premier green building celebration.

Discounted tickets provide entry to the best part of the night – the night's presentation with seated dessert and open bar from 8 – 11pm.  Hors d'oeuvres and dinner from 6 – 8pm are not included..

Please note, you must be an Urban Green Council Emerging Professional or Student member to receive this discounted rate.  If you are not currently a member, you can join on our membership page.

For more information please visit the Urban Green Gala 2014 page.

DETAILS

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
8 to 11 pm​
Seated Dessert and Program
Business attire

Questions? Please email us or call Anne Sjolander at 212.514.9385x124.

EP Holiday Party

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RSVP Required (Open to the public): FREE
Free Admission


Photo credit: Inhabitat Blog, Flickr (cc)

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins welcome!!

 

The Emerging Professionals of Urban Green Council invite you to our 2014 Holiday Party!

This year’s festivities will once again be held at the remarkable ReVision Lounge and Gallery—the only lounge in town with furnishings made entirely from recycled materials, including a bar crafted from recycled bottles by EP Co-Chair Lee Beckman.

This is an "Ugly Sweater Party," so break out those ugly sweaters and come thirsty and hungry for some holiday drink specials!

EP November Forum: WELL Building Standard®

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0
Event Prices: 
Members
Free Admission
Non-member
$5

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.


Wellness is emerging as an important new trend in building design and operations—one that builds on sustainability initiatives to focus on how the built environment can support the health and wellbeing of tenants.

Join the Emerging Professionals for a forum on the WELL Building Standard®, a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, including air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

Interested in joining Urban Green's Emerging Professionals? Check out the community page to find out more.


Special thanks to Knoll for hosting this event.

speaker
Jessica Cooper
Project Manager & Sustainability Director, Delos Living LLC

At Delos, Ms. Cooper seeks to improve health and wellness in our living and work spaces while minimizing impact on the natural environment. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis, and serves as an active committee member of the Living Building Challenge NYC + NJ Collaborative, the IIDA New York Chapter Sustainability Forum, and Urban Green Council’s Membership Committee.

EP October Forum: Chain of Transparency

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Free Admission
Non-member
$5

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.

Immediately following our 8th Annual Career Fair, we'll be holding a panel discussion on material transparency across the supply chain, from raw materials, through design, to the finished product. Our expert speakers will also touch on anticipated trends and how Emerging Professionals can drive material transparency in their own careers. 

Special thanks to the Interior Design and Sustainable Interior Environments Graduate Programs at FIT/SUNY for their partnership on this event.

Date and Time:

Contact

Questions about the event? Please contact emergingprofessionals@urbangreencouncil.org.


Special thanks to Fashion Institute of Technology for hosting this event. FIT students and alumni receive complimentary admission by showing their Student ID.

speakers
Rachel Berman, LEED® AP O+M
Sustainability Project Manager, MechoSystems

Ms. Berman leads MechoSystems' environmental initiatives by increasing third-party product certifications and streamlining internal operations. Prior to this, she worked as a sustainability consultant and earned a Masters Degree from the New School in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management.

Christy Everett
Founder, respondé

Ms. Everett developed her knowledge of quality materials, fine craftsmanship and conservation during her study of architectural preservation. She served seven years in the furniture industry, including her role as corporate account manager at TUUCI, before pursuing her passion for quality furniture and sustainability by founding respondé.

Susan Kaplan
Director of Specifications and Sustainability, HLW International

In her role as specifier, Susan Kaplan continually evaluates product quality and green claims. She is responsible for maintaining rigorous specification standards for both the architectural and engineering components at HLW. Susan also serves as a Director and Environmental Chairperson for the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

Brooks Perlin
Chief Financial Officer and head of Architectural Sales , Eco Supply Center

Eco Supply Center distributes environmentally friendly materials ideally suited for high performing or passive home building standards. Prior to joining Eco Supply, Mr. Brooks was a partner at Keel Capital, investing in alternative energy companies and sustainable business models.

moderator
Watson Millison
Client Development Associate, Schneider Electric

Mr. Millison has 4 years of experience working in third-party certification, including the certification of environmentally-preferable products and services at Green Seal. He is a part-time graduate student at Columbia University's Sustainability Management program and an active member of the Emerging Professionals (EP) Programs Committee.

EP Building Tour: Dagher Engineering

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Free Admission
Non-member
$5

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.

As part of its commitment to environmental responsibility, Dagher Engineering designed its 10,000-square-foot office space to achieve LEED™ Gold certification—the first engineering firm in New York City to do so. Join Urban Green's Emerging Professionals on a tour of the Dagher Engineering office and explore highlights including:

  • Radiant cooling panels
  • Variable air volume discharge rate
  • Demand-controlled ventilation rates
  • UV lights
  • Water conservation techniques

Networking will continue after the tour at Dubliners, located at 45 Stone Street.

Interested in joining Urban Green's Emerging Professionals? Check out the EP community page to find out more.

 


Special thanks to Dagher Engineering for hosting this event.

8th Annual Career Fair

Event Prices: 
Career Fair
$5

Registration is closed, but walk-ins are more than welcome!

The Urban Green Council Emerging Professionals (EP) present our 8th Annual Career Fair, in partnership with the Sustainable Interior Environments Graduate Program and the Interior Design Program at FIT/SUNY.

This event is perfect for those seeking a job, internship, career transition, or advice on a resume or portfolio, and provides a unique opportunity for attendees to connect and market their skills to some of New York City's green leaders in architecture, engineering, real estate, and interior design.  And as a new addition for this year, startups in the cleantech industry will be participating. These participants in the fair have been organized by the NECEC Institute

Following the Career Fair, please join us for our EP October Forum: Chain of Transparency.  Our expert panelists will discuss material transparency across the supply chain and how Emerging Professionals can drive material transparency in their own careers.

Resume and Portfolio Reviews:

Industry professionals and members of FIT's Interior Design Advisory Board will be on hand to offer resume and portfolio reviews. Students will be able to sign up for 15-minute review sessions at the event, so bring your materials with you!

Date and Time:

Confirmed Participants:

475 High Performance Building Supply
Callida Energy*

ClearGrid Innovations*
Darius Toraby Architects P.C.
Delos Living, LLC
Enerknol*
Green Mountain Energy
FXFowle Architects
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
NECEC / Cleantech Open Northeast *

NYC ACRE*
Rebuilding Together NYC
Skidmore, Owings &
ᅠMerrill LLP
Willdan Energy Solutions
YR&G
More to come...

*Cleantech startups part of the NECEC network.

Hiring?

The Career Fair is a great opportunity for firms seeking fresh, new talent.ᅠPlease visit our Table Registration Page for pricing, event details, and to reserve a table.

Contact

Questions about the event? Please contact emergingprofessionals@urbangreencouncil.org.


Special thanks to Fashion Institute of Technology for hosting this event. FIT students and alumni receive complimentary admission with presentation of their Student ID.

EP Screening: Tiny - A Story About Living Small

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$5
Non-member
$10
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission
Sponsor Member
Free Admission

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.

In the film TINY: A Story About Living Small, Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith explore the growing trend towards living small by building their own 133-square-foot home and profiling individuals who have downsized to spaces smaller than the average parking spot.

Join the Emerging Professionals for a screening of the movie, followed by a lively discussion about the financial, environmental, and personal benefits of downsizing and its application to NYC.

FILM SUMMARY

“What is home? And how do we find it? TINY follows one couple's attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space. Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about sustainability, good design, and the changing American Dream.”

 

SCHEDULE
6:00 - 6:30pm  Registration and Networking
6:30 - 8:00pm  Screening and Discussion

Interested in joining Urban Green's Emerging Professionals? Check out the community page to find out more.

 


Special thanks to Langan for hosting this event.

EP August Forum: Building Brains and the Art of Controls

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0
Event Prices: 
Members
Free Admission
Non-member
$5

Read the event summary on our blog, Points of View.

In today's built environment, managing a facility requires more than just brainpower.  At the center of today's high performance buildings are smart control systems that can provide the best thermal comfort for occupants, while reducing consumption and energy costs.  New technology is emerging constantly that supports today's facility managers in operating these complex systems, from their personal computers or even their phones. 

Join the Emerging Professionals for our August forum as we discuss state of the art controls, smart buildings, and the future of controls with representatives from Siemens.  

 

Special thanks to The New School for generously hosting our Monthly Educational Forum.

 

speaker
Richard Nowak, LEED AP
Sales Manager, Siemens Industry - Building Technologies

Mr. Nowak is a building technologies sales manager with broad experience in all aspects of building technologies design, installation and maintenance. His specific expertise is in design of laboratory airflow control systems, mission critical facilities, green buildings, and supporting network infrastructure requirements.

R3build Design Competition

Congratulations to R3build winners, Team LARC's Rayne Fouche and Larissa Searle from Queensland, Australia! See a video clip to learn more about their design here

Urban Green Council's Emerging Professionals are hosting their 3rd Annual Design Competition to provide a scalable model for resilient single-family homes in coastal communities.  As we look back on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, we reflect on the damage experienced by coastal communities around the world. For this competition, we are focusing our efforts on the local community of Breezy Point, New York, which is still very much enduring the effects of Sandy’s devastation.

This year's competition, R3build, represents the areas of Resiliency, Energy, Environment & Economy (R3) to be considered when rebuilding in a coastal community. Designs should also include a level of self-sufficiency to prepare for the uncertainty of public utilities and infrastructure in the wake of severe weather events. Urban Green Council has partnered with the Breezy Point Green Committee (BPGC) for this competition to establish an exemplary model for a resilient home, which can be used by a family wishing to rebuild in Breezy Point.

The competition tasks students and young professionals with designing a single-family home to withstand extreme weather events for areas most susceptible to increased storm intensity, frequency, and sea level rise. Teams should consider the applicability of their design to modular, off-site construction to further take advantage of time constraints in rebuilding efforts following natural disasters. Teams should aim to meet LEED for Homes Gold v4 requirements.

There is no doubt that most coastal communities will rebuild, the question is how to do so responsibly. In order to rebuild a stronger, more resilient community, it starts with the home; a comfortable, safe, and reliable structure that can withstand the impacts of severe weather.  This is where the roots of the community are established, and this is where the rebuilding of Breezy Point begins.

WINNERS

First Place: LARC | Bayside Bunker | Rayne Fouche, Larissa Searle | Queensland, Australia
Watch a video from Team LARC here.  

Second Place: Life Up | Zohaib Dar, Esin Pektas, Gokce Saygin, Antonino Scaglione, Demircan Tas, Baris Unal | New York, NY

Third Place:  B-Side | +3L House | Nicole Ceci, Christina Galati, Jenny Kim, June Kim, Emily Scott, Lauren Zailyk | New York, NY

People's Choice Award: SEAMS | Root3d House | Steven Burke, Michael Day, Erin McNally, Andrew Salter, Sherry Yang | New York
 

R3BUILD PRESS

NY Daily News

Design & Trend

Curbed NY
 

R3BUILD JURY

Ben Bischoff | Founding Partner, MADE

Ben Bischoff is co-founder and Principal at MADE, a design-build practice distinguished by its integration of the architect and contractor at every stage of the creative process. Established in 2002, MADE’s work has been featured in The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Dwell, The New York Times, and New York Magazine along with select book publications. Ben has presented MADE's work in lectures at Yale, Tulane, Mississippi State, and Kansas and in exhibition design for the Center for Architecture. Ben is a registered architect in the State of New York and holds a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Richmond. While at Yale, Ben was awarded the David Schwarz Good Times Award traveling fellowship for excellence in design and served as construction supervisor for two years on the Yale Building Project.

Ashley Fallon, Program Coordinator, Breezy Point Green Committee

Ashley is a native of Breezy Point, New York and an active member of the Breezy Point Green Committee. After Hurricane Sandy she was accepted to attend the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University. At this prestigious conference, she shared her vision for the sustainable future of coastal communities, and connected with other young change-makers from around the globe. In July 2013, she helped to organize the town’s first ever “Green Expo" in hopes of encouraging the community to rebuild with resilience in mind. Ashley is pursuing an M.S. in Environmental Policy at The New School, and works in marketing for Yelp, Inc. 

Thomas Phifer | Director, Thomas Phifer and Partners
 

Thomas founded Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997 with the aim of connecting the built environment to the natural world through a heightened sense of openness and community spirit in his design.  This essence can be felt in his completed work such as the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raymond and the Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and the Salt Point House, the Millbrook House and the Taghkanic House, all in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.  Thomas’s buildings have received a range of awards including seven AIA National Honor Awards and twelve AIA New York Honor Awards.  Currently, work under construction includes the United States Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah and the prototype of a new street light fixture for New York City.   

Steven Winter | President, Steven Winter Associates, Inc. 

Steven Winter, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is Founder and President of Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA). Steven has been at the forefront of the U.S. sustainable/green building movement since its inception. He has significantly contributed to its development as an industry, through the numerous leadership positions he has held. Steven provides strategic planning for SWA research and consulting projects, in addition to managing the firm's operations. Under his guidance, the firm has continuously developed and cultivated a range of client services in energy, sustainability, and other disciplines that have helped to improve the built environment since 1972. As Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council from 1999 to 2003, Mr. Winter led the organization as its membership and influence skyrocketed with the launch of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program and Greenbuild.  

Lauren Yarmuth | Co-founder and Principal, YR&G

With over 13 years of experience spearheading the sustainability industry, Lauren is a recognized leader skilled at helping people, companies, buildings, and communities to implement and benefit from sustainability-focused solutions. An architect by training, She applies her diverse project experience and whole-systems perspective to enable teams of people to develop creative approaches to realize greater success in their work. Lauren is a celebrated presenter, educator, and facilitator. She is LEED Faculty for USGBC, and she teaches at various colleges and universities including as adjunct faculty at Columbia University.

Please see further details in our Official Competition Details

Thank you to our sponsor, Environmental Connection Inc:

Read more about the competition and the Breezy Point community on The HuffPost Green Blog

Find competition updates by follwoing us on Twitter! @UrbanGreenEP, #R3build

Key Dates

Registration Opens - November 21, 2013
Early Registration Deadline (reduced rate) - EXTENDED to December 23, 2013
General Registration Deadline - January 24, 2014
Question Submission Deadline - February 10, 2014
Project Submission Deadline - February 18, 2014
Finalists Announced - March 5, 2014
Exhibition - March 12, 2014, DORMA Showroom (exhibited at the Urban Green Spring Member Reception)

Awards

1st Place - $1,000
2nd Place - $500
3rd Place - $300 

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