December 1, 2016
by Kimberly Stempien
Photo Courtesy: NESEA
Imagine a city with clean air, solar energy, plenty of pedestrian spaces and no cars. It’s not at all far-off; these are all on the agenda for New York City in coming years. In fact, some of the projects are already in progress. The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association held their annual Building Energy NYC conference on November 3, bringing together leaders in energy, building maintenance, real estate, policy, product, and new technologies. Many topics were discussed, but three of the main takeaways were long term planning, regional-district planning, and enhanced resiliency for the city of New York.
In a talk by Jenna Tatum, Kate Gouin, Benjamin Mandel and John Lee from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the focus was on 80×50, the de Blasio administration’s commitment to reduce GHG emissions 80% from 2005 levels by 2050 (80×50). NYC’s Sustainability 80X50 plan states, “It is the level the UN projects is necessary to avert the most disastrous impacts of climate change.” The plan is essentially a roadmap that is broken into four areas of focus: Buildings, Energy Supply, Waste, and Transportation, with comprehensive reporting and modeling done for each category. Following are the four main takeaways of the plan’s goals in each sector.
November 30, 2016
Green Careers provides informational resources and networking opportunities for emerging and transitioning professionals seeking careers in the fields of energy efficiency, sustainability and green technology.
Learn where and how to pursue these opportunities through presentations by government, business, non-profit, and research and development experts, as well as job-search workshops with career development professionals. Our events are held on the second Tuesday of each month and are followed by informal networking.
A special thanks goes out to those of you who participated in our planning workshop for 2017. We received some very useful input on the challenges and opportunities you face in your career development and job searches, and heard a lot of great ideas for program topics and formats. We look forward to incorporating this feedback into our upcoming programming and invite you to join us in volunteering for 2017.
Our first event of the new year will take place on January 10, 2017, so be sure to mark your calendars. We hope you’ll help us create another year of informative activities.
For more information about volunteering,
November 29, 2016
On Giving Tuesday, GreenHomeNYC gives thanks to our scores of dedicated volunteers, pro bono speakers, and generous event space donors who have helped make us a leader in training the next generation of “green” professionals and advancing energy efficiency in the built environment.
All our programs are fully volunteer run. We have no paid staff, so all funds go directly toward basic operating expenses. We need your help now more than ever to ensure that our education and outreach efforts continue to create impact and build community.
Our Giving Tuesday goal is $6,000.
Please show your support for our dedicated volunteers so we can continue to make a difference in building a smart, resilient New York.
November 22, 2016
by Zack Mortice
Photo Courtesy: Baumgartner + Uriu Architecture
The most important convergence of design and biological sciences today relies on “innovation” that’s millions, if not billions, of years old.
Biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems; biomimicry in architecture and manufacturing is the practice of designing buildings and products that simulate or co-opt processes that occur in nature. There are ultrastrong synthetic spider silks, adhesives modeled after gecko feet, and wind-turbine blades that mimic whale fins.
“The way biological systems solve problems is pretty different from the way engineered systems solve problems,” says Peter Niewiarowski, biologist at the University of Akron and its Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center.
Human-designed solutions, he says, are crude and additive. They rely on using more materials or energy to accelerate reactions—both costly expenditures. Natural processes rely on unique geometry and material properties… Read more at Redshift
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