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{Green Careers} Sustainable Career Tracks: Building Design for People

January 13, 2019

We all know that buildings should be designed for sustainability, energy efficiency, and resiliency. But what about designing for peoples’ health and well being?


Come hear from professionals who have an expertise in designing to benefit building occupants. Our panelists will be sharing insight into their work and careers focusing on Active Design, Universal Design, and building standards focused on healthy building occupants.

REGISTER HERE!


Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location: GroheLive!, 160 Fifth Ave. Flr 4., New York, NY 10010
Note that the entrance on 21st St.


Speakers:
– Mary Jo Peterson, Owner of Mary Jo Peterson Design and certified kitchen and bath designer as well as a certified aging in place designer and living in place professional
– Melanie Koch, Senior Associate at International WELL Building Institute 
– Nadine Rachid, Director of Product Development at the Center for Active Design

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Posted by Katie Schwamb in Blog, Green Careers Transitions

Monthly Forum: Green Catwalk 2019

January 6, 2019

Happy New Year from GreenHomeNYC!


As 2019 gets going, we’re starting off the year with our classic Green Catwalk forum, where we bring in speakers to present on new, innovative, unheard of, and just plain interesting topics, technologies, trends and organizations within the sustainability space. This year we will include presentations on solar fabrics, water efficiency and sustainable plumbing, as well as strategies to effectively discuss sustainability and climate change, among other topics. Join us!

In addition, our first volunteer orientation of the year will take place right before the event, starting at 6 PM. If you’re interested in joining GreenHomeNYC as a volunteer, please sign up at http://greenhomenyc.org/get-involved

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: TOTO Showroom, 20 West 22nd Street, 1st floor, New York, NY 10010

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

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Posted by Gregory Thomas in Blog, Monthly Forum

November Forum Recap: Sustainability and Art

December 16, 2018

by Stanley M. Kaminsky

At GreenHomeNYC’s November Forum, four speakers who specialize in the intersection of art and sustainability came together in ThoughtWorks’ Manhattan office to speak about their work. The panelists, who have differing backgrounds within art and sustainability, provided the audience with a diverse conversation ranging from environmentally-friendly museum buildings to artwork that communicates the urgency of climate change.

Environmentally-Friendly and Disaster-Ready Museums

Sharon Gaber serves as manager at North American Passive House Network,  but focused her presentation primarily on her other professional role – development chair for the Environment and Climate Network (ECN) within the American Alliance of Museums.  Specifically, the ECN is a community that aims to establish museums and other cultural institutions as leaders in the world of sustainability and climate action. They carry out their mission by providing a multitude of resources to museums seeking to implement sustainability within their facilities. They also bestow Sustainability Excellence Awards on museums and cultural institutions that stand out as true sustainability and climate action leaders.  

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October Forum Recap: Passive House High Rise

December 11, 2018

By Jessica Bartolini; Photos by Olha Peralta

High-rise Passive House buildings were the subject of GreenHomeNYC’s monthly forum in October. The three presentations provided attendees with an overview of what implementing Passive House standards looks like in real life.

Gahl Sorkin Spanier of the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) kicked off the evening with a presentation on how best to go about building a high-rise Passive House (PH) project. Kevin Brennan, formerly of AEA and now co-owner of Brennan Brennan Insulation and Air tightness, joined Gahl in sharing learnings from Passive House projects and training. AEA recently worked on an 86-unit PH affordable residence for seniors in Queens, in partnership with the non-profit organization HANAC. 

Kevin Brennan & Gahl Spanier

Gahl emphasized the importance of holding training for the various trades building a PH project, noting that the main sources of air leakage are often at details where trade responsibilities are unclear. It is key, therefore, that training not only instill understanding of PH requirements, but also recognition of the importance of collaboration and coordinating across trades. Another takeaway from AEA’s experience is that training should not include more theory or math than necessary. Gahl noted that any general contractor personnel in a supervisory role should not only receive training, but also be empowered to teach others. 

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