Emerging Professionals

Design Competitions: The Sustainable Influence

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 CE Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Free Admission
Non-members
$5
Design competitions today must factor in long-term solutions. Catastrophes such as severe hurricanes, flooding, and the constant need for improved energy efficiency have exposed weaknesses in the standard way to design and build.  Please join in for our March forum discussing how recent design competitions have revealed new solutions for new building technologies and design strategies for homes and small buildings.

Learn how the term Resiliency has transformed the way we think about building near coastal waters, and how affordability is approached for new construction homes in low income neighborhoods.

Each panelist has been involved in recent design competitions, each design taking sustainability into consideration, and some designs have actually been built.

moderator
John Clinton, PhD
Associate Professor/Founding Director, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School

John has also served as Chair of the University’s undergraduate program in Environmental Studies, and was co-lead faculty for The New School’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon finalist entry (“Empowerhouse”), which won the competition’s Affordability Contest. Empowerhouse was subsequently reconstructed with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. as a two-family home, and won the D.C. Mayor’s Award for Sustainability.

speakers
Omer Kalafatoglu
Commissioning Engineer, Skanska

Omer has more than 10 years of experience in construction in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to overseeing EcoBuild's operation and business development, Omer works as a LEED Coordinator for Skanska. In 2012, Omer was a finalist of the USGBC’s National Talent Design Competition Visioning Charrette, Most recently, Omer was the Public Vote Champion of the Operation Resilient Long Island’s 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition

John Nastasi
Principal, Nastasi Architects

John Nastasi is both the principal of the studio and a long standing design professor. An alumnus of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, a recipient of Harvard’s Rice Prize for Advancement in Architecture and Engineering and a 1996 recipient of the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York, John has consistently and progressively set the highest standards for his work. In 2004, John founded the multi-disciplinary Product-Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology where he continues to serve as the Graduate Program's Director.

Chad Ondrusek
Sr. Project Manager/Environmental Analyst, Environmental Connection

Chad has been involved in the environmental consulting industry in the New York City area for over 8 years, and has worked in a variety of industry sectors ranging from sustainable development, to environmental integrity monitoring, to regulatory compliance. He has been involved with Urban Green Council for over two years. And was involved in the Charrette-style design competition hosted by EP, as well as the recent full scale design competition, R3build.

Steve Scribner
Architectural Designer, FXFOWLE

Steve has been working around the globe in the architecture and construction fields for over 10 year. His experience includes being a carpenter in Maine, designing custom homes in the Rocky Mountains and affordable houses for women in Uganda, and being project architect for sustainable new city in Nigeria. Steve earned a master’s in architecture from Parsons in 2011, where he was student project manager for The Empowerhouse, the New School/ Stevens Institute Solar Decathlon team.

80 x 50: Mapping Pathways to a low carbon NYC

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
$10
Non-member
$15
Sponsor Member
Free Admission
Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

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

In December of 2013, the City of New York published a long-awaited 80 X 50 study that maps a pathway to reduce the city's carbon footprint 80% by 2050 (compared to a 2005 baseline). The report identifies and analyzes the four highest impact sectors: energy supply, transportation, solid waste and buildings; and outlines the most cost effective means available in each sector to reach the 80 X 50 target. Not surprisingly, buildings play a major role in the report- accounting for more than 60% of the carbon footprint reductions identified.

Urban Green Council is happy to partner with Green Light New York for an engaging discussion of the comprehensive report. A presentation of the report findings will be followed by a moderated discussion among some of the most highly regarded professionals in the field. Join us to discuss the role of the building sector, including the challenges ahead and the measures necessary to surmount them.

speakers
Steven Caputo, Jr.
Deputy Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability

Richard Leigh, PhD
Director of Research, Urban Green Council

Anish Melwani
Director, McKinsey & Co.

Jeff Perlman
President and Founder, Bright Power

moderator
Clara Bonham-Carter
Sustainability Principal, AECOM

EP Building Tour: MechoSystems Headquarters

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 CE Hour
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hour
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Free Admission
Non-members
$5
In 1980, MechoSystems established its headquarters in Long Island City, N.Y. The former warehouse, constructed in 1904, has been completely renovated and retrofitted. The building is LEED® Gold certified and showcases the company’s SolarTrac® daylight-harvesting system and Cradle to CradleCertifiedCM products. The building’s design creates an optimal work environment for employees.  Join Urban Green Council's  Emerging Professionals to tour the MechoSystems Inc. headquarters and learn about its sustainable features.
 
Some of the highlighted features and achievements include:
  • 26% reduction in energy compared to a typical building.
  • Automated lighting with MechoLux®, including daylight harvesting, occupancy and vacancy sensors, and strategically tuned lighting levels.
  • High-performance glazing and insulation, stratified HVAC design, and set-back thermostat settings in conjunction with smart scheduling.
  • 25,000kW of electricity-producing photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof.

For a full list of building details visit the MechoSystems Headquarters page.

EP May Forum: Is Green Building Ethical?

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 CE Hour
Event Prices: 
Members
Free Admission
Admission Non-members fee
$5

People choose to build green for a variety of reasons. Some do it for pure economic gain, others out of a sense of altruism, and still others wish to be part of the trend.  Green builder Gennaro Brooks-Church will share his moments of doubt and the ways he and his clients have found meaning and value in green building techniques.  Join Urban Green Council's Emerging Professionals for a stimulating discussion on the various incentives for a green building agenda. 

speaker
Gennaro Brooks-Church
Director, Eco Brooklyn Inc.

Gennaro is a dedicated green builder and educator. He is the director of Eco Brooklyn, a NY general contracting company specializing in advanced green building, water management and landscaping techniques. A Comparative Religion and Creative Writing graduate from Columbia University, he decided green building was the most effective way he could help make the planet a more balanced, hospitable place. Gennaro is an eternal student and is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson, NY Licensed Real Estate Broker, Certified EcoBroker®, National Sustainable Advisor Graduate, Certified Green Roof Professional, Solar Installer and LEED AP. He has three children with his partner Loretta, and he lives and works in a green brownstone, intern center and show house in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

EP Film Screening & Elections



Join the Emerging Professionals of Urban Green Council to hear from each of the candidates for the EP Leadership Committee and cast your ballot, followed byᅠa film screening of Chasing Ice.

Snacks and drinks (beer) wil be provided!

EP ELECTIONS
If you would like to apply or nominate someone for any of the EP positions, please email emergingprofessionals@urbangreencouncil.org. Applications are due on Friday, November 8th. ᅠ

If you cannot make it to the event you may vote online, but you must register with the VOTE ONLINE option below and you will be emailedᅠinformation on the nominees andᅠthe link to vote. ᅠOnline voting will be open from November 13 - November 26. Please keep in mind that only Urban Green Council members may vote and only the EP Co-chair position will be voted on by the members. The other positions will be selected by the current EP Co-chairs.ᅠ

Positions
Co-chair: 1 position open (voted by members)

  • Two year commitment
  • Manage and promote long term goals, planning, and growth
  • Communicate with EP Liaison to integrate EP programs with Urban Green Council programs
  • Create and manage EP Annual Budget
  • Manage roles, responsibilities, and deadlines of EP Programs Committee
  • Manage annual calendar
  • Formulate ideas for potential new events
  • Lead & create agenda for Programs Meetings and Monthly Forums
  • Manage overall content of EP website, social media, and communications
  • Write and publish meeting minutes for Programs Committee Meetings

Programs committee: 5 positions open (selected by current EP co-chairs)

  • One year commitment
  • Plan and enhance the content of EP Programs
  • The Programs Committee will be split into subcommittees, each with responsibilities for specific events:
    • A: Monthly Forums & Building Tours
    • B: Career Fair/Salon & Documentaries
    • C: Design Competition & LEED Crash Course
    • D: Networking, Volunteer, and Fundraising Events & Graduate Student Engagements
    • E: Policy Events & Communications
  • EP Programs Committee members should have a background and/or interest in written communication, networking, and event planning
  • Any additional event ideas that are proposed by EP Members and accepted by the Programs Committee will be assigned to a group


CHASING ICE
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth?s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.

Chasing Ice is the story of one man?s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world?s changing glaciers.

As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.ᅠ

LOCATION
Langan
360 W. 31st Street, #8
New York, NY 10001 [MAP]

SCHEDULE
6:30 - 7:00 Candidate introductions
7:00 - 8:30 Film screenings




Special thanks to Langan for hosting this event!


The Urban Green CouncilᅠEmerging Professionals are a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability. Led by a core group of volunteer leaders, they develop opportunities for involvement through Urban Green Council to further generate momentum for the green building industry.


2013 EP Holiday Party



The Emerging Professionals of Urban Green Council invite you to our2013 Holiday Party! After a great party last year, this year?s festivitiesᅠwill again be held at the remarkableᅠReVision Lounge and Galleryᅠ- the only bar in town with furnishings made entirely from recycled materials.ᅠ

Don't miss our biggest party of the year! This is an Ugly Sweater Party so break out those ugly sweaters and comeᅠthirsty andᅠhungry for some holiday treats! ᅠDrink specials (cash bar): $5 well drinks, beer & wine.ᅠAnd we'll be joined by 'official' EP DJ Jeremy Cap! ᅠ

LOCATION
ReVision Lounge
219 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009 [MAP]

This event is free, but please register ahead of time due to limited capacity.ᅠ

The Urban Green CouncilᅠEmerging Professionalsare a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability. Led by a core group of volunteer leaders, they develop opportunities for involvement through Urban Green Council to further generate momentum for the green building industry.

EP October Forum 2013

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1
AIA CES:
Approved for 1



New York City and its waste have had a troubled relationship for decades: a system once defined by on-site waste incineration and towering landfills has given way to long-distance trucking as far away as Pennsylvania and Virginia. While the city now seeks to make its waste infrastructure more sustainable, it is everyday New Yorkers who are leading the way and showing how to change the bad habits and built-in systems that create the problem in the first place.ᅠJoin Urban Green Council'sᅠEmerging Professionalsᅠfor our October Forum to hear from community experts working on composting food waste, reducing trash in school, and recycling in large multifamily buildings.

SPEAKERS

Debby Lee Cohenᅠ|ᅠCo-Founder and Director,ᅠCafeteria Culture
Debby is trained as a collaborative visual artist and educator. In April 2010, she received the Eco-Hero award from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Green Schools Committee for her efforts in reducing styrofoam tray use in NYC schools (Trayless Tuesdays has reduced styrofoam tray use in NYC by 70 million trays to date). She is a member and chair of the Messaging Committee of Manhattan Citizen's Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB). For eight years, Debby Lee designed the giant puppets for New York?s Halloween Parade, focusing on environmental themes and organized hundreds of volunteer puppeteers. She has designed sculptural promotional costumes for Ben & Jerry?s Ice Cream and Nantucket Nectars and packaging for salad dressings and sauces.

Justin Green | Co-Founder and Director, Build It Green!NYC
Justin has overseen BIG!NYC?s development from its? beginning in 2004, having managed the first two deconstruction projects for the Durst Organization that generated the materials required to launch BIG!NYC. Justin also piloted and directed NYC Cool Roofs for its first two years. Before BIG!NYC, Justin worked at Community Environmental Center (CEC), the Long Island City based non-profit addressing the housing and energy efficiency needs of low- and middle-income communities. While at CEC, Justin assisted their efforts to establish a statewide loan fund for the installation of energy efficiency measures. He has also managed construction crews in residential development, worked as a Loan Associate with Low Income Investment Fund monitoring loans to non-profit housing developers, and designed for an educational dotcom. Justin received his BA with a double major in Economics and Community Development from Oberlin College.

Eadaoin Quinnᅠ|ᅠEducation Coordinator,ᅠSims Municipal Recycling
Eadaoin Quinn is an environmental educator focused on promoting waste reduction. At Sims Municipal Recycling, the company that processes all of NYC?s metal, glass and plastic curbside recyclables, Ms. Quinn works as the Education & Administrative Coordinator. Over the past year, she has brought their mobile recycling education lab, The Recyclarium, to events and schools throughout the city reaching nearly 15,000 visitors. Ms. Quinn will continue to lead Sims? educational outreach when they open their new state-of-the-art recycling facility and education center later this year in Brooklyn. Ms. Quinn became interested in waste issues while living in Toronto (waste diversion rate of 52%, compared to NYC?s 16%), where she was studying forest ecology. Now, through her position at Sims and her role as the Co-Secretary of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, she uses her passion for conserving natural environments as inspiration for helping others think twice about throwing something ?away.?

Daniel Tainowᅠ|ᅠEducation Director,ᅠLower East Side Ecology Center
Dan learned the importance of protecting our environment early in life while exploring the disappearing forests of New Jersey and fishing with his family aboard his uncle's NY/NJ Baykeeper boat in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering from James Madison University in Virginia, and then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Environment and Community from Humboldt State University in California. He has taught and organized environmental education programs as an AmeriCorps Member and a Naturalist in Cape Cod National Seashore, Point Reyes National Seashore, Watchung Reservation in New Jersey, and most recently as the Manager of the NYC Compost Project at the Queens Botanical Garden. Daniel has been a resident of the Lower East Side for five years. He is a member of Transportation Alternatives East Side Committee and serves on the board of the Western Queens Compost Initiative.

CONTINUING EDUCATION






GBCI: Approved for 1.0 CE Hour


As always, networking will continue at ourᅠ*mandatory* extended happy hour(s)ᅠat Legends Bar across the street!ᅠ

QUESTIONS?
Please contact theᅠEP Co-Chairs, Lee & Justin, atᅠemergingprofessionals[at]urbangreencouncil.org.

LOCATION
Empire State Building (Skanska office)ᅠ
350 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floorᅠ
New York, NY 10118 [map]

PLEASE NOTE:
This event isᅠfree (registration is still required!)ᅠforᅠUrban Green Council Members, but there is aᅠ$5 admission feeᅠfor non-members. Your donation is critical in supporting Emerging Professionals events.ᅠ

IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTICE:
Due to the high security restrictions of the Empire State Building, youᅠmust registerᅠfor this event. We cannot accept walk-ins.ᅠ

The Urban Green CouncilEmerging Professionalsare a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability. Led by a core group of volunteer leaders, they develop opportunities for involvement through Urban Green Council to further generate momentum for the green building industry.

Skanska

Special thanks to Skanska for generously hosting our Monthly Educational Forum.

Sustainable Built Environment: A Career Fair

Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Sponsors
$150
Non-Sponsors
$250
Non-Profits
$50

*Registration is now closed; walk-ins are welcome.*

The Urban Green Council Emerging Professionals (EP) are excited to be partnering with the Sustainable Interior Environments Graduate Program and the Interior Design Program at FIT/SUNY to presentᅠSustainable Built Environment: A Career Fair.

This event offers a unique opportunity for young professionals and students to connect and market their skills to some of New York City?s green leaders in architecture, engineering, real estate, and interior design.

Industry professionals and members of FIT's Interior Design Advisory Board will also 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!ᅠ

In conjunction with the Career Fair, the evening's Salon,ᅠSkill Building or Creative Thinking? Graduate Schools and the Future Workforceᅠwill address the role of graduate school in preparing tomorrow's workforce. Do firms want graduates who have learned a specific way of thinking or a certain set of skills? Hear what our panelists have to say about these important questions.

Whether you are looking for a job, internship, career transition, or advice on your resume or portfolio, this event will provide valuable knowledge and networking opportunities.

Participating Companies

475 High Performance Building Supply
Atelier Ten
Build It Green!NYC
Blue Planet Environmental, Inc.
Darius Toraby Architects P.C.
Delos Living, LLC
FXFOWLE
Green Mountain Energy
Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture
Jones Lang LaSalle
Perkins Eastman
Skanska
Skidmore, Owings &
ᅠMerrill LLP
Terrapin Bright Green
Willdan Energy Solutions

 

Schedule

3:30 pm - 6:00 pm ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ Career Fair ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠᅠ
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm ᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠᅠ Receptionᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ       ᅠ Panel Discussion (Salon) ᅠ ᅠ ᅠᅠ
8:30 pm ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠEP Happy Hour at Stout NYC (133 W. 33rd St.) ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ ᅠ

Location

Fashion Institute of Technology
John E. Reeves Great Hall
227 West 27th Street (Enter on 28th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues)
New York, NY
[MAP]

Hiring?

This is a great opportunity for firms seeking fresh, new talent.ᅠCareer Fair tables are available for purchase until October 21, 2013. Tables are $50 for non-profits, $150 for Urban Green Sponsors and $250 for non-sponsors. Please visit our Table Registration page to sign up.

Contact

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

Interested in joining our Emerging Professionals group?ᅠInclude the membership purchase option below and select EP Membership. Find out more about membership benefitsᅠhere.ᅠ

 

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

 

EP September Forum



Join Urban Green Council'sᅠEmerging Professionalsᅠto learn about one of the latest trends in architectural modeling - augmented reality. ᅠAugmented reality is a practical and innovative way to communicate designs and can be used to market and sell products and services. ᅠFurthermore, augmented reality is breaking ground as a tool for sustainable design with the ability to integrateᅠreal-time site data, such as weather,ᅠto visualize a project's energy flow.ᅠ

SPEAKER

Leila d'Heurle |ᅠBusiness Development Manager USA, Artefacto

French company Artefacto is focused on Computer-Generated Imagery for the architecture, urban planning, and transportation sectors. ᅠHaving expanded their R&D activity over the last five years, Artefacto is leading the way in the design and production of 3D communication tools with Urbasee, a software enabling the superpostion of a 3D scale model in its context on a tablet or smartphone.

Artefacto has recently established operations in the US, led by Leila d'Huerle. ᅠLeila develops and manages Artefacto's sales and customer support. ᅠShe has previously worked in sales, consulting, and project management for diverse industries around the world and has a master's degree in management and finance.


As always, networking will continue at ourᅠ*mandatory* extended happy hour(s)ᅠat Legends Bar across the street!ᅠ

QUESTIONS?

Please contact theᅠEP Co-Chairs, Lee & Justin, atᅠemergingprofessionals[at]urbangreencouncil.org.

LOCATION
Empire State Building (Skanska office)ᅠ
350 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floorᅠ
New York, NY 10118 [map]

PLEASE NOTE:
This event isᅠfree (registration is still required!)ᅠforᅠUrban Green Council Members, but there is aᅠ$5 admission feeᅠfor non-members. Your donation is critical in supporting Emerging Professionals events.ᅠ

IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTICE:
Due to the high security restrictions of the Empire State Building, youᅠmust registerᅠfor this event. We cannot accept walk-ins.ᅠ

The Urban Green CouncilᅠEmerging Professionalsare a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability. Led by a core group of volunteer leaders, they develop opportunities for involvement through Urban Green Council to further generate momentum for the green building industry.

Skanska
Special thanks to Skanska for generously hosting our Monthly Educational Forum.

EP August Forum: Power Networking



Join Urban Green Council'sᅠEmerging Professionalsᅠfor a more interactive twist on our monthly forums: power networking!

This more structured version of our usual post-forum happy hour will provide a great opportunity to make connections based on your interests or industry within the green building field. ᅠSo come prepared to mingle with other young professionals, whether it is your first meeting or your 50th!

Legends will have happy hour specials through 8:00pm.


LOCATION
Legends Bar
6 W 33rd St
New York, NY 10001 [MAP]


QUESTIONS?

Please contact theᅠEP Co-Chairs, Lee & Justin, atᅠemergingprofessionals[at]urbangreencouncil.org.

PLEASE NOTE:
This event isᅠfree (registration is still required!)ᅠforᅠUrban Green Council Members, but there is aᅠ$5 admission feeᅠfor non-members. Your donation is critical in supporting Emerging Professionals events.ᅠ

The Urban Green CouncilᅠEmerging Professionalsare a dedicated group of young professionals who work to create a network of leaders in the field of sustainability. Led by a core group of volunteer leaders, they develop opportunities for involvement through Urban Green Council to further generate momentum for the green building industry.


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