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Make Your Voice Heard and Your Vote Count – Special Environmental Forum on the 2018 Elections

September 5, 2018


This year’s elections will be key in determining the fate of environmental and climate change policy, and New Yorkers will have a lot to weigh in on. The NY State Attorney General’s race could even impact nation-wide policy. In what could be a pivotal election year, it’s crucial that we become educated voters before we head to the polls in November.


Please join GreenHomeNYC, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice on September 20th for an election-focused environmental forum.


Learn about:

  • The results of the September 13th New York State primaries
  • Which offices are up for election and who is running in November
  • Where all the candidates stand on the environment
  • Environmental legislation that is before the New York City Council and New York State Legislature
  • How YOU can get involved in local environmental justice initiatives


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Posted by Gregory Thomas in Blog, Monthly Forum

July Forum Recap: Certified Living – Living Building Challenge

September 2, 2018

By Jennifer Urrutia

July’s GreenHomeNYC forum featured Casey Cullen-Woods, Project Director from Thornton Tomasetti and Co-Founder and Co-facilitator of NYC Living Future Collaborative, and Megan Bové, Project Manager from Vidaris. These two presenters are well versed in the Living Building Challenge standard. Both presenters have worked on notable projects such as the Willow School (Living Certified v2.0) in New Jersey and the Etsy Headquarters (Petal Certified 3.0) in Brooklyn. During their presentations, both Cullen-Woods and Bové highlighted the importance of using healthy building products as well as the need to embrace a connection to the natural environment through building design.

Posted by Pam Berns in Blog

High Noon on Wall Street – Rally for Our Climate


Join the Bard MBA Community, Be Social Change, NYC Climate Action Alliance and GreenHomeNYC for a Climate Week lunchtime rally in Battery Park–Castle Clinton on Monday, September 24th. Together, we will make it loud and clear that the time for climate action is NOW!


Featured Speakers will be:

  • Hunter Lovins — Author, Natural Capitalism | BardMBA Faculty | Co-Founder, Change Finance
  • Megan Boone — Boone Picutres | Star of NBC’s Blacklist | Climate Advocate | BardMBA Student
  • Robert Litterman — Former Head of Risk Management, Goldman Sachs | Chairman, Kepos Capital


When: Monday, September 24, 2018 from 12 noon to 1 pm

Where: Battery Park–Castle Clinton

For more information: call 845-758-7073, or e-mail


Rally co-sponsors include Be Social Change, NYC Climate Action Alliance and GreenHomeNYC.


Posted by Jim Henderson in Blog

Handling Tough Talk: Communication strategies for critical times

August 31, 2018

By Elise Baker



Whether you are an activist making an argument for climate policy or a prospective employee taking interviews in the green sector, persuading an audience requires nuance and skill. But how do you develop a powerful voice that will bridge the divide or get your foot in the door?


On August 14, Pamela Berns, leadership coach and global communications consultant, offered expert advice at the GreenHomeNYC Green Careers meetup, which was hosted at the GROHELIVE! Center and catered by Vegan Outreach.


Berns opened with a slide showing pictures of confident speakers. “Communication looks fun,” she said. “Everybody does it, no matter how old or young you are. Looks easy. But is it?”


Berns suggested that persuading listeners to change their point of view is actually a complex task. Three elements can make it difficult to accomplish: internal noise, frame of reference, and nonverbal codes.


Berns began with internal noise, which is similar to static on a telephone line. Rarely do people engage in pure listening, she said, and internal noise causes distractions. One audience member might remember that he forgot to add milk to the grocery list. Another might be so entrenched in her point of view that she can’t hear what the speaker is actually saying.



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