Emerging Professionals

EP June Forum: Cleantech Startups

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

Urban Green Council's Emerging Professionals will hold their June Forum at NYC ACRE's new Brooklyn location, The Urban Future Lab. The lab is the home of an extraordinary community of entrepreneurs focused on clean technology innovation - particularly energy, sustainable infrastructure, water and transportation.  With growing commitments to environmental and energy goals at the city and state level, there is an increasing market attraction towards the cleantech sector in New York City.  Join Urban Green Council’s Emerging Professionals to learn from innovators and entrepreneurs at The Urban Future Lab on June 10.

PRESENTERS

The panel will feature speakers from the following organizations: 

HEVO Power is developing a wireless EV charging network for commercial fleets in collaboration with NYU Poly. Their technology reduces commercial fleet operator's transportation costs, provides more control of distribution operations, and relieves range anxiety. EV’s reduce fuel costs by up to 80% when compared to diesel, and eliminates the problems associated with plug-in charging. Simply put, their innovative charging network allows drivers to seamlessly park and power up.

Radiator Labs is an early-stage start-up out of Columbia University developing a radiator retrofit for steam heating systems. The Radiator Labs system allows steam heating systems to turn convective heat transfer on or off at each individual radiator location. In addition to saving up to 30% of a buildings heating bill, they grant an apartment owner direct control over their apartments heat.  Radiator Labs is the Grand Prize recipient of the 2012 MIT Clean Energy Prize, and is a New York City Greentech 50 company.

Sistene Solar  designs and builds handheld solar tiles that come in a variety of colors. We offer, for the first time, design flexibility, infinite customization and seamless integration with street furniture products, including bus shelters, information panels and bike share stations. They are the LEGO of solar - mix and match tiles to achieve infinite eye-catching designs. Sistine Solar is the winner of the 2013 MIT Clean Energy Prize (Renewables Track) and recipient of Fraunhofer's TechBridge Award (funded by the Dept. of Energy).

EP January Forum: Constructing Green Infrastructure in the public right-of-way

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.0 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hours
Event Prices: 
Urban Green Council Member
Free Admission
Non-members
$5

Join Urban Green Council's Emerging Professionals to learn about New York City Parks efforts to implement green infrastructure in the public right-of-way. The session will discuss technical lessons learned from construction as well as performance data gained from research sites.

Launched in 1996, the Greenstreets program began as a partnership between NYC Parks and the NYC Department of Transportation. The program was created to change unused road area into green space. Since its beginning, over 2,500 Greenstreets have been built citywide. 
 

In 2010, the Greenstreets program became the Green Infrastructure Unit, expanding their focus to active stormwater capture and partnering with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to build cost-effective green infrastructure to reduce runoff in priority sewersheds and reach water quality goals.

speaker
Mary Nunn, RLA
LEED Green Associate, Associate ASLA, Landscape Architect, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Mary is a landscape architect for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Green Infrastructure Unit. At Parks, she has worked on a variety of projects citywide with an emphasis on sustainable design and stormwater management. Currently, she is responsible for the project management and design of green infrastructure systems along the Bronx River and Hutchinson River. She received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Pennsylvania State University, and a Certificate in Construction Project Management from New York University. She currently serves on American Society of Landscape Architect's New York Chapter Executive Committee.

EP February Forum: Accelerating Sustainability at the Neighborhood Scale

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
Free Admission
Non-members
$5

Despite a growing trend towards green building and retrofitting individual buildings, there has been less emphasis to merge these efforts into a larger, cohesive urban environment. The Living City Block organization believes that the best way to achieve this is by implementing resource-efficient regeneration of existing cities at the neighborhood or district scale. This concept is referred to as Eco Districts and was originally developed five years ago in Portland, Oregon by the Eco Districts Institute. Cities as varied as Boston, San Francisco, Denver, Cleveland, Washington DC, Charlotte, and Austin have launched programs based on this concept.
 

Join Urban Green Council’s Emerging Professionals for a lively presentation and discussion on the potential of New York City’s neighborhoods to transition towards sustainability through the implementation of the Living City Block’s Eco District model.

speaker
Llewellyn Wells
Founder and President, Living City Block

Llewellyn is the President and Founder of Living City Block. LCB has worked on projects in Denver, Colorado; Brooklyn, New York; and Washington, DC. LCB is planning to launch new projects in 2014 in partnership with communities in New York City, NY and Durham, North Carolina. Llewellyn has recently formed a Micro Grid and small District Energy firm based in NYC named Urban Energy Systems Corporation. UESC will design and implement micro grids with community based partners. Prior to founding LCB and UESC, Llewellyn spent two and a half years as a Vice President at Rocky Mountain Institute.

Shelter from the Storm

Continuing Education Credits

GBCI:
Approved for 1.5 CE Hours
AIA CES:
Approved for 1.5 HSW/LU Hours

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

If a power outage occurs during a winter cold spell, buildings with poor envelopes will face freezing temperatures indoors within days. And without power for air conditioning in summer, some homes and apartments will become dangerously hot. Is NYC ready for the next blackout? Discover the findings of Urban Green Council’s study Baby It’s Cold Inside comparing the resiliency of typical construction to high-performance buildings. Join the discussion with NYC officials, builders, and property managers about how to improve buildings to prepare for the future.

speakers
Heather Roiter Damiano
Director of Hazard Mitigation, NYC Office of Emergency Management

Paul Freitag
Managing Director, Rose Development

Nico Kienzl
Director, Atelier Ten

Romulus Petre
Residential Manager, Urban Glass House

moderator
Bomee Jung
Interim Director, Enterprise Community Partners

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.

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