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{Green Careers} June Event – Elevator Pitch Workshop

June 22, 2017

Join us for an annual Green Careers tradition: our Elevator Pitch Workshop! Do you want to get some tips on how to better explain quickly and concisely who you are and what you do when people ask you about your job? GreenHomeNYC veterans Andy Padian and Gina Piesco share their tips and tricks and you’ll get the chance to get feedback on your own elevator pitch.




As always, join us for informal networking afterward at Society Billiards + Bar, just around the corner!

Date: Thursday, June 29thth
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location: GROHELIVE! (160 5th Ave)

Posted by Samantha Yost in Blog

June Tour: 475 High Performance Building Supply House and Demo

June 5, 2017



Join us to learn how leading architects and developers achieve rigorous Passive House standards here in the City.  We will tour the 475 High Performance Building Supply warehouse in Brooklyn to learn about the latest products that can lead to 90% reductions in heating and cooling energy usage.  Founded and run by architects, 475 provides building knowledge and components to help professionals meet the international Passive House building standards. Guests will be treated to an interactive presentation on green building materials and diagnostic testing that improve air sealing, ventilation, fenestration, thermal insulation, and overall performance.  This is a hands-on experience with cutting edge green building materials.  It’s the next best thing to being in the Paris Agreement!


After the tour guests are encouraged to join GreenHomeNYC for networking drinks at nearby Threes Brewing


Space is limited. RSVP Today!


June Forum: Effective Updates to the Energy Code

June 14, 2017

New York City continues to tighten regulations on their building energy codes as a means to reduce the city’s carbon emissions, but what is the scope of these regulations and will they help the city to meet its 80×50 goals? With NYC’s large and complex building stock, and its continuing work to try to keep up with the pace of technology change, this month’s forum focuses on specific efforts towards getting to the root of current and effective energy codes. Speakers for this month’s forum will include city representatives, private industry and recent Graduate Students who conducted research.


Paul Reale, CUNY BPL and Urban Green Council, Director Building Operations Research
Paul Reale is Director of Building Operations Research at the CUNY Building Performance Lab, responsible for applied research field operations and tool kit development for building performance measurement and improvement. Paul mentors student interns, provides building tuning coaching for working building operators, and is an instructor for the Urban Green Council’s GPRO and Energy Code Training programs. Prior to shifting to the buildings field, Paul managed projects and was a systems engineer in the telecom field at Bell Labs. He holds a master’s of engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Manalee Nabar, Bright Power, Energy Engineer
Manalee is an Energy Engineer at Bright Power,Inc. in New York city where her work focuses on multifamily high rise buildings. While certifying with energy efficiency programs like Passive house, NYSERDA multifamily performance program, LEED and Enterprise green communities, these buildings need to comply first with NYC Energy Code. During this session, Ms. Nabar will go over the barriers buildings face in order to adapt to the evolving codes and possible strategies for streamlining the process.

Ms. Nabar is a licensed professional mechanical engineer in the state of California, is a Certified Passive House Consultant and currently serves on the board of ASHRAE-NYC chapter. She earned her Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from Mumbai University, India in 2012 and her Masters in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida in 2013.


Glenn Phillips and Margaret Peeler, M.S City College of New York
Recent Graduate Students from the City College of New York will present their research surrounding the impact of NYC Local Laws as a means to reduce emissions from large commercial buildings. Their research explores the impacts from benchmarking energy use intensity, LEED certification, voluntary incentives, as well as the building management practices that are effective in meeting emission reduction goals set forth by 80×50.


We invite you to also join us for conversations and networking afterwards!


Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Place: Fujitsu General America, 1450 Broadway, 42nd Floor, New York, NY 10018


We highly encourage attendees to register in advance, as registration fees increase at the door. If registering at the door, payment credit/debit card is strongly preferred.

Posted by Gregory Thomas in Blog, Monthly Forum

More Good Green Jobs For OneNYC

June 2, 2017

By Nancy Anderson, Ph.D.


With a tip of the hat to Jane Austen, let me tweak her famous observation “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Today, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a liberal big city Mayor must be in want of good jobs for all.” I can’t vouch that Austen was comedy-free, but I do believe that Mayor de Blasio is earnest in his commitment to good jobs for all as part of his OneNYC mission.


Photo: Ed Reed Mayor de Blasio announces GJC

In the Mayor’s 2017 OneNYC Progress Report, large print trumpets his credo laid out in the first OneNYC Report of 2015: “I believe fundamentally you can’t have environmental sustainability without economic sustainability. Nor can you have economic sustainability without environmental sustainability.” This is a good thing to believe, so let’s see how this credo is getting expressed in concrete policy and actions.


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