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November Forum Recap: Innovations in Transportation: Mobility in Smart Cities

January 9, 2018

by Jenny Nicolas


The GreenHomeNYC November Forum held at the Hafele America showroom showcased a panel of four thought-leaders, who provided insight on the current status of New York City’s mobility and addressed innovative solutions to create a truly Smart City. The panelists discussed exciting projects and cutting edge technology that will help cities cut their dependence on fuel inefficient cars.


A Streetcar Named BQX

Jonathan Gouveia, Senior Vice President of New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), spoke about the Brooklyn Queens Connector (BQX). The BQX is a project which would create a 16-mile waterfront streetcar from Sunset Park in Brooklyn, to Astoria in Queens, and would be able to accommodate 150 people.


Evidenced by the NYC subway map, there is a lack of N-S connections from Brooklyn to Queens. The BQX can be instrumental in the effort to move people more efficiently, while improving streetscapes, currently dominated by one-person occupied cars. This would be the first large rail transit capital project in over 60 years overseen by the city. With that magnitude, many factors must be considered including route planning, street design approach, and system accessibility features, among others.


January Forum: Green Catwalk 2018

January 5, 2018

Happy New Year from the GreenHomeNYC Forums Planning Committee!


As 2018 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 will include presentations on sustainable food, the recently approved VDER order and its potential impact on New York’s solar industry, and health optimization, among other subjects. 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


Date: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Place: Fujitsu Airstage, 1450 Broadway, 42nd floor, New York, NY 10018


Register here!


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.


Event speakers include:


Ricky Stephens, Co-Founder at AgTech X ///// Speaking about sustainable food projects in NYC

Ricky Stephens is a founder of AgTech X, which facilitates learning, collaboration, and inspiration in Urban Agriculture and other forward-looking solutions to urban food system challenges. The startup currently runs NYC’s only AgTech-focused co-working lab in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Ricky began his career in digital marketing and sales operations for marketing-tech firm Red Ventures, where he helped to launch and scale their first international office in Brazil.

Alessandro Ciari, Director of Communications at Movers Not Shakers ///// Speaking about green moving services

Alessandro is the Director of Communications at Movers, Not Shakers! an eco-friendly moving and logistics company based in Brooklyn. He has a major focus on source reduction as he has developed their reusable bins program to eliminate waste, has led a grassroots environmental initiative to reduce the use of plastic water bottles among campus communities and has worked on finding solutions in NYC to reduce waste produced by Styrofoam food containers.

Michael Brown, Co-Founder & CEO at LogCheck ///// Speaking about mobile inspection software for building operators

LogCheck is a mobile and web application that helps facility managers and their staff stay on top of routine inspections and maintenance tasks, enabling them to find, fix, and prevent problems everyday. The software is being used in hundreds of facilities across the U.S and Canada. Before founding LogCheck in 2012, Michael worked for several years in the areas of energy efficiency, environmental consulting, construction, and renewable energy.

Maureen Mahle, Managing Director of Sustainable Housing Services at Steven Winter Associates ///// Speaking about ventilation to optimize health

Maureen McGeary Mahle is the Managing Director of Sustainable Housing Services at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA). Maureen has certified over 10,000 green housing units in 10 states under LEED for Homes and other green rating systems. She works to tie human health to energy efficiency and green building, and she has spent the past dozen years training developers, designers, and builders to think holistically and build meticulously.

Tom Sahagian, Independent Energy-Efficiency Consultant ///// Speaking about heat pumps, insulation and PV

Tom Sahagian began his energy-efficiency career working on a windmill in the South Bronx in the early 1980s. He subsequently spent a lot of time in basements, boiler rooms, electrical closets and rooftops troubleshooting building systems for the USDoE Weatherization program, NYC’s Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development and various engineering firms. He has designed steam and hot water heating systems, cogeneration systems and a control package for a hydro generator. He speaks and teaches widely and served on former mayor Bloomberg’s Green Codes Task Force. Now retired, he continues to work as a consultant and serves on the board of GreenHomeNYC.

Celeste McMickle, Founder at Celestial Solutions ///// Speaking about holistic sustainability solutions for businesses

Celestial Solutions was founded and is run by Celeste McMickle. Celeste’s has been using her energy and enthusiasm to support people and the environment for as long as she can remember and has been working in the sustainability industry for more than a decade. She received her B. Arch from Syracuse University and her Masters in Green Building from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. She is a certified permaculture designer, master composter, Green Rater, LEED-H AP, and gardener. Celeste uses her mixed background of architecture, permaculture, composting, and recycling knowledge to make a positive impact on the environment wherever possible. She has published articles on the role of community involvement in recycling diversion programs and building certifications. Her projects have received national and international recognition for green building and sustainability goals.

Linnea Paton, Senior Energy Analyst at JLL ///// Speaking about the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) & local government sustainability policies

Linnea is an energy efficiency professional with experience working in corporate and institutional real estate. She holds a Master’s in urban sustainability from the City College of New York and a Bachelor’s in civil engineering and environmental policy from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is passionate about addressing climate change through innovation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy deployment. Currently she works as a senior energy analyst in the Energy and Sustainability Services division of JLL, an international real estate firm. She is a WELL building accredited professional.


Posted by Gregory Thomas in Blog, Monthly Forum

{Green Careers} January 2018 Sustainable Career Tracks: So You Don’t Want a Desk Job?

January 4, 2018

Interested in learning about career paths that take you outside of the traditional office setting? Then you won’t want to miss our upcoming {Green Careers} Sustainable Career Tracks meet-up!


Date: Tuesday, January 9th
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location: NYSERDA, 1359 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10018




During the January 9th event, we’ll be hearing from a diverse panel of speakers with experience from performance testing buildings to conducting environmental remediation to managing lavatory research. Come learn more about what they do, how they got to where they are and advice they have for pursuing an active career.


Our Speakers:

Sunitha Sarveswaran, Energy Engineer at Steven Winter Associates

Sunitha performs onsite building inspections and performance testing on multifamily buildings in the New York City area. Her field work occurs during all stages of building construction and is required for various energy-related programs such as ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise and NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program and New Construction Program, as well as NYC Energy Code Progress Inspections and Commissioning. 

Anna Brooks, Project Manager at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation

Anna is a project manager for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation. She works with remediation and environmental cleanup projects and brownfield sites across the five boroughs in the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program and “E-Designation” Programs.

Kimberly Merani, PhD Candidate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Kim has been doing laboratory research since 2009 and currently does her work at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she is pursuing her PhD. She graduated with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from Binghamton University in 2013.
Andy Padian, Founder and President at PadianNYC Consulting
Andy is a private Building Science Consultant with 35 years of experience in the unique building science of multifamily buildings. He has performed detailed energy and financial analysis on thousands of buildings across the country. He has created or helped create many nationally acclaimed programs, training and certification for field practitioners, and has mentored dozens of professionals in the field today.



Posted by Katie Schwamb in Blog, Green Careers Transitions

Your Support Makes Our Work Possible

December 29, 2017


It’s been a challenging year marked by extreme weather events, with hurricanes, fires, droughts, and floods all across the globe. In the United States we saw Houston drown and California burn just a few months after Trump’s pullout from the Paris agreement.


We are grateful to our many hard-working volunteers, knowledgeable pro bono speakers, generous organizations that donate their space – and to donors like you – all of whom have made it possible for GreenHomeNYC to step up our efforts in these pressing times:


  • Our speakers and our blog writers shared critical news about local policy, business actions, and academic initiatives.


  • Record numbers of attendees turned out for our Monthly Forums events to hear from innovators in energy, food waste, recycling, and sustainable building.


  • Student and professionals alike filled our New York City Green Career sessions, and our first-ever Green Careers webinars attracted participants from as far away as São Paulo, Brazil, as they all came to learn where to point their compasses in the new paradigm.


  • Our Green Building Tours program hosted sold-out tours of the Sims Municipal Recycling Plant, the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and other sustainable buildings and sites throughout New York City.


Please help us keep up the momentum through our education, outreach, and green career programming by making your tax deductible contribution today.


GreenHomeNYC has no paid staff – all your contributions go toward basic operations. We depend on your generous support to continue the hard work of building a resilient and sustainable New York, promoting an energy efficient and sustainable built environment, and advancing green professional development in our own city and beyond.


As GreenHomeNYC enters our 15th year in operation, we are facing another year that promises to present new challenges in the fight against climate change. Thank you for helping us continue to be an important part of the solution.


GreenHomeNYC is a 501(c)3 organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Posted by Jim Henderson in Blog

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