February 1, 2018
As air conditioning is increasingly considered to be a required amenity in both residential and commercial settings, even as concern about global warming and greenhouse gasses has grown, this forum will discuss the key air conditioning system types and their related energy efficiency. We will also discuss some design issues, troubleshooting installation problems and, finally focus on the need for expanded technician education and training.
System Types and Relative Energy Efficiency – Brendan Casey, Fujitsu General America
Brendan will provide a brief overview of system types and focus on the fundamentals of Variable Refrigerant Flow technology and how these systems can be installed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
Design and Installation Issues – Michael Hlinka, Lightning Mechanical
Michael will provide an overview of design and installation issues that he faces and how problematic installations are identified and resolved.
Education and Training and Gaps in the Field – Craig Gallagher, Lightning Mechanical
Craig will provide an overview of the training and that his employees receive and speak about the education and training gaps that exist in the HVAC design and installation industry.
Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Location: Fujitsu Airstage, 1450 Broadway, New York, NY 10018
Meet some of the GreenHomeNYC volunteers who dedicate their time to make our educational programs a success. This month, the spotlight is on Samantha Yost.
Why did you decide to volunteer for GHNYC?
I started coming to events almost immediately after I moved to New York. I had just finished my masters degree, but with no relevant work experience other than a short internship, and no professional connections in the city, I didn’t really know where to start. After I had been to a few events, I decided volunteering would be a good way to get to know the people and organizations that are out there.
How long have you been involved with GHNYC?
I’ve been involved for a little over three years now.
What GreenHomeNYC activities are you engaged in?
I’m the lead volunteer for Green Careers, so I coordinate a team of about 6 volunteers who organize our monthly events.
What do you like most about the organization?
It’s nice to volunteer with the same people and build real, working relationships. It reminds you that “the sustainability field” is more than just an abstract network, but a collection of people that want to see good things happen in the world.
January 27, 2018
by Noah Siegel
Have you ever wondered what happens to the water you use after washing the dishes, taking a shower, or flushing the toilet? GreenHomeNYC visited the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to learn how the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) sustainably handles wastewater treatment. Our tour was led by LaToya Anderson, the Science and Environmental Protection Educator for the NYC DEP.
As the largest of NYC’s 14 wastewater treatment facilities, Newtown Creek handles an impressive 310 million gallons of wastewater every day, and up to 620 million on a rainy day. As we approached the site, the first thing we noticed were the glistening, futuristic digester “eggs”. Since 2010, these alien-esque digesters have become an iconic piece of the Brooklyn cityscape, especially when illuminated with bright blue LEDs in the evening.
Inside the digesters, a biological process called “anaerobic digestion” takes place. Bacteria breaks down “sludge”, the organic material removed from our sewage. For this process to take place, the digesters are kept at 98°F and are completely sealed to create an oxygen-free environment. In total, these digesters can hold 24 million gallons of sludge at any given time.
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.
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