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February Forum Recap: How to be Cool and Efficient

March 18, 2018

by Yiran Song


Air conditioning is increasingly considered to be a required amenity in both residential and commercial settings. But concerns about global warming and greenhouse gas emissions gives us no time to waste in achieving more energy efficient AC systems. In the February GreenHomeNYC Forum “How to be Cool and Efficient”, three industry experts provided a detailed description of the mechanics of AC systems and the industry as a whole.


Systems and Relative Energy Efficiency
Brendan Casey, of Fujitsu General America, believes that the Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) or so-called Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system is the future of AC systems. Even though VRF can be carried as cooling only, building owners and management companies in places like New York City should consider either heat pump or heat recovery systems which provide both cooling and heating. The heat recovery system carries higher installation cost, but it can provide both heating and cooling at the same time to different zones based on demand with only one control.



Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Taubenblatt

March 16, 2018

Meet another GreenHomeNYC volunteer who dedicates her time to make our educational programs a success.  This month, the spotlight is on Emily Taubenblatt.


Why did you decide to volunteer for GreenHomeNYC?

About 2 years ago, I wanted to connect with others in my chosen field of sustainability and I also was looking for a job when I heard about one of the Green Careers events. After attending, I learned that the group needed an event photographer and since I enjoy photography, I volunteered. I eventually became part of the Green Careers Planning team.


Where are you from?

I’m from Westchester, NY


What did you study in school?

I studied environmental planning as an undergrad and I have a Master’s in environmental science.


Where do you currently work?

I’m a Project Consultant at APCO Worldwide, a global communications firm. I work primarily in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice.


What GreenHomeNYC activities are you engaged in?

I am on the planning committee for Green Careers and I attend a majority of those events. Occasionally, I also attend the Monthly Forums, if the topic interests me.


What do you like most about the organization?

I now consider myself a professional networker, thanks to GreenHomeNYC. Attending events and talking with people after the panels has helped me build invaluable skills that I would not have otherwise. Being involved in this organization has really helped me put myself out there and connect with people.


What three things are you most passionate about?

In no particular order: music, photography and saving the world (contributing to building a more sustainable future).


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Monthly Forum: Sustainable Policy 201

March 9, 2018

For many years, GreenHomeNYC has dedicated an annual Policy Forum in the name of Patty Noonan, a GreenHomeNYC Founder and a trailblazer in sustainability who helped change the industry before we lost her way too soon. Her work with the Housing Partnership started the first replicable efficient affordable housing demonstration in the region, and paved the way for the high performance affordable housing that we see today.


At this years forum, four building energy professionals will discuss the local policy that affects sustainability in the NYC region. The “Sustainable Policy 201” forum will engage students, professionals and interested citizens from across the sustainable spectrum in order to gain a deeper understanding of the different environmental policies and regulations currently in place and how they are interconnected to influence future policy standards. At the conclusion of this forum, we hope to better understand where we have come from, where we stand today, and where we want to go to collectively move the city forward in its sustainable goals.


Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm (Doors at 6pm, Forum will start promptly at 6:30 pm)
Place: Knoll Showroom, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

*Note on the venue directions: Please do not enter through the ground level storefront. Walk through the revolving doors and the reception desk will guide you to the correct floor.


Register Here!


Speakers joining us for this discussion include:


Posted by Theresa Heller in Blog, GreenHomeNYC People, Monthly Forum

{Green Careers} March Event: Green Credentialing

March 7, 2018

Professional certifications can often be helpful in the sustainability field, especially for professionals seeking to get their foot in the door, or change jobs. Although LEED is still fairly ubiquitous, as attitudes toward urban living and buildings change, newer certifications are coming to the fore, sometimes making it difficult to know which ones are right for you.

Join our Green Careers team for our monthly event on Tuesday, March 13th for a panel discussion to discuss what sustainability certifications are available and which ones complement your interests and career goals. Our panel consists of five speakers who are expert trainers and professionals in their fields, and include:


Mark Yuschak
Mark currently works as a Project Manager for the Association for Energy Affordability. Experience with certifications includes: LEED, BPI, Multifamily Operator, and G/PRO.

Zoe Kauffman
Zoe currently works with the Levy Partnership as a Project Manager in charge of single-family and multifamily buildings in New York City and the Mid-Atlantic region, along with being a Passive House consultant. Experience with certifications includes: PHIUS and PHI.

Karla Butterfield
Karla is currently the Sustainability Director at Steven Winter Associates. Experience with certifications includes: PHIUS, RESENT, HERS, NGBS, and LEED for Homes.

Leia Sims
Leia is the director of Sustainability Services at KOW Building Consultants. Experience with certifications includes: CEM.

Posted by Samantha Yost in Blog, Green Careers Transitions

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