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Monthly Forum: Affordable Housing Overview, The Path to Better Affordable Housing

February 5, 2019

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The City, State, and Federal governments have provided subsidies for affordable housing for decades, but this housing is not built by them, it is built by developers. Many years ago, the belief was to build the housing as quickly as possible, which caused much affordable housing to be of modest yet horribly inefficient quality. Today, such housing meets or exceeds most sustainability standards, and tonight’s developers were among the leaders in this change over the years, and remain there to this day. Listen to the process and progress in this field, and decide if you might want to join this field by listening to these accomplished leaders.


Our speakers will include:

Les Bluestone has been involved in real estate development and construction industries for over 35 years working in New YOrk CIty and surrounding areas. Co-founder of Blue Sea Development Company and Blue Sea Construction Co., his firms developed and built New York State’s first affordable Energy Star Homes and New York State’s first three affordable LEED Platinum multifamily buildings. A former Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity NYC, Les is a founding board member of the Center for Active Design, sits on the boards of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, the NYC Workforce Investment Board, and was appointed by the Governor to the NYSERDA Green Jobs Green New York Advisory Council.

Luke Falk is Vice President of Technology for Related Companies. His group drives technological innovation (including capabilities around energy management, marketing, adtech, IoT, and integrated experiences) at Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the US. Previously he was the Assistant Vice President for Sustainability in Related’s New York Development Group. In that role he developed distributed and renewable energy generation projects, and improved the energy performance and resilience of new and existing developments. He led the sustainability design of over a dozen LEED silver, gold and platinum buildings representing over $5B in capital investment including the tallest passive house in the world for Cornell Tech in New York City.

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: GROHE America Inc., 160 5th Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10010

About our venue:

Throughout the space, inspirational bathroom and kitchen vignettes illustrate the diversity of the award-winning GROHE portfolio, which features innovative products for all styles of interiors, including the brand new Grandera® display, shower testing station and fully functional kitchen bar. These demonstration areas offer visitors the opportunity to interact with GROHE products and experience firsthand GROHE’s unique blend of quality, technology, design, and sustainability.

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. 

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Posted by Sean Amundsen in Blog

{Green Careers}: Speed Up-Dating Your Resume Workshop

February 4, 2019


Looking for plans this Valentine’s week? Join us for our annual “Speed Up-Dating Your Resume” workshop! In timed sessions with resume critics, you’ll receive constructive, personalized feedback on how to present your skills and experience in the best way possible.


In addition to sprucing up your resume, you can also get your photo taken for LinkedIn or other uses if you like. So come dressed for the job you want and we will snap a pic and email it to you after the event.

Register Here!


Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location:  Steven Winter Associates, 307 7th Avenue 17th Flr, New York, NY 10001

Attendees are expected to:


  • Be prompt! The event starts at 6:30pm, so be sure to arrive early.
  • Bring at least five hard copies of your resume for review.
  • Be prepared to discuss your resume and contribute to evaluating others.

Posted by GreenHomeNYC Green Careers in Blog

{Green Careers} January Recap: Sustainability Careers Tracks: Building Design for People

January 30, 2019

Nadine Rachid, Mary Jo Peterson, Melanie Koch. Photos by Rishika Shrivastava.

By Jenny Dranetz

January’s Green Careers panel featured three professionals working to design and create built environments that not only work to meet sustainability goals but also positively impact the health and well-being of their occupants. Specifically, this month’s panelists’ work focuses on active design, universal design and building standards looking at the built environment’s impact on occupant health. <

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Posted by GreenHomeNYC Green Careers in Blog, Green Careers Transitions

Monthly Forum Recap: Green Catwalk 2019

By Jenny Dranetz, Photos by Dan Yafet

GreenHomeNYC kicked off 2019 with our classic Green Catwalk forum, highlighting new technologies, innovations and processes to address and combat climate change in the coming year and beyond. This year’s Catwalk featured six speakers from a host of industries, including solar, communications, and permaculture.

Presenting first was Colin Touhey, the CEO & Founder of Pvilion. Based out of Brooklyn, Pvilion designs, manufactures and installs flexible solar products. Pvilion thinks of solar as a cell, not a final product, and this view plus the flexibility of the cells has allowed them to take on creative, non-traditional solar projects, including curved building facades and other complex structures as well as clothing. These designs are self-sustaining and can be permanently built into a structure, such as on a façade or over a bridge like the Cascades Solar Pedestrian Bridge in Florida, or be installed temporarily for events like music festivals.

Colin Touhey of Pvilion sharing some solar fashion

Posted by Gregory Thomas in Blog, Monthly Forum

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