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September Green Building Tour: Sims Recycling Plant

September 11, 2017





Join GreenHomeNYC for an afternoon tour of the Sims Recycling Plant. Not only does the plant processes nearly 20,000 tons of waste per month, but does so in a state-of-the-art facility made of almost nothing but recycled steel. The plant is housed atop an 11-acre peer on what was once a NYPD impound lot. On site you’ll find a 600 kW photovoltaic installation, NYC’s first commercial size wind turbine, a stormwater management system that utilizes bioswales and a retention pond, flood-proof buildings supported by recycled glass and crushed rock as well as artificial reef habitats for aquatic life. Come see this award-winning facility for yourself!


Date/Time: Thursday, September 28th at 3:00pm

RSVP early for discounted tickets



Posted by jbonomo in Blog

Recycling the Unrecyclable

August 31, 2017

by Lisa Bonanate


One of the challenges facing recycling efforts is that only certain waste can be recycled while the rest is thrown away, generating massive amounts of garbage in landfills. Figuring out what can be recycled and where to dispose of it may cause well-intentioned consumers and businesses to throw their hands up in despair. But an innovative company called TerraCycle is out to change that.


Specializing in recycling the unrecyclable, the Trenton-based company collects and repurposes the type of hard to recycle, post-consumer waste that typically winds up in landfills – cigarette butts, coffee capsules, food wrappers, light bulbs – you name it. Collected waste is then reused, upcycled or recycled into sustainable consumer products and industrial applications.



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Posted by Lisa Bonanate in Blog

September Forum – Spotlight on Hudson Yards

August 24, 2017

GreenHomeNYC, AEE-NY and ASHRAE New York are co-hosting a special September Forum focusing on one of the largest and potentially greenest construction projects in New York City in recent years — Hudson Yards.   Developed by Related Management, this multi-building complex on Manhattan’s far West Side is not yet complete but is already providing valuable feedback about its many green practices and design features.


Join us to hear from three senior executives from Related Companies detail the challenges, breakthroughs and long term vision of this innovative project in a unique area of Manhattan.


Please note that September’s forum will take place on a TUESDAY!


Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Place: New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), 16 West 61st Street, New York NY


Click Here to Register!



Posted by Theresa Heller in Blog, Monthly Forum

August Forum: Building Science 101

August 7, 2017

Building Science is the study of how a building reacts to the physical phenomena surrounding it; in short, it is how a building responds to science. The collection of information from these studies might include temperature and moisture, building envelope and leakage, heating and ventilation, and building materials. These aspects must function together to create a well oiled machine. In this August forum, come join us to hear an international expert in this field speak on his experiences in building science, how he uses this information to optimize a building’s performance and minimize its environmental impact, and how he has learned from past mistakes.

Our speaker this month will be:

Foster Lyons, Building Science and Construction Specialist, Charles Hilton Architects


Foster is a well known and detailed speaker with great experiences and a self deprecating style that is required in the Building Science field.

His firm specializes in the design of single family homes and works, primarily, in the New York and New England area. Foster’s day-to-day functions include the design development and review of building details for improved energy efficiency, weatherization, efficiency of material use and constructability.  In addition, he has considerable interaction with the inspection and review of construction of the completed designs.

Prior to joining Charles Hilton Architects Foster was the New York regional manager for Horizon Builders, a Maryland based contractor specializing in the construction, addition, renovation and repair of single family homes. Previous career experiences included six years as owner of Coastal Point Construction in Greenwich, CT, specializing in architect designed, commissioned custom home construction, six years as a project manager with Hobbs, Incorporated in New Canaan, CT managing the construction of numerous custom residential projects and over ten years as a construction manager with Adler/Valentine Associates in Rye, NY completing many residential, commercial, and institutional buildings.


Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Place: Knoll Showroom, 1330 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019


Click here to register.


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.

Posted by Sean Amundsen in Blog, Monthly Forum

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