April 11, 2018

Monthly Forum: Sustainable Policy 201

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: (more…)

June 2, 2017

More Good Green Jobs For OneNYC

By Nancy Anderson, Ph.D.   With a tip of the hat to Jane Austen, let me tweak her famous observation “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Today, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a liberal big city Mayor must be in want of good jobs for all.” I can’t vouch that Austen was comedy-free, but I do believe that Mayor de Blasio is earnest in his commitment to good jobs for all as part of his OneNYC mission.  

Photo: Ed Reed Mayor de Blasio announces GJC

In the Mayor’s 2017 OneNYC Progress Report, large print trumpets his credo laid out in the first OneNYC Report of 2015: “I believe fundamentally you can’t have environmental sustainability without economic sustainability. Nor can you have economic sustainability without environmental sustainability.” This is a good thing to believe, so let’s see how this credo is getting expressed in concrete policy and actions. (more…)

April 8, 2015

Patty Noonan Memorial Forum on Policy: Leap-frogging toward the low carbon city of 2050

April’s Forum will be the annual Patty Noonan Memorial Forum on Policy.   Click Here to Register!   In September of 2014, Mayor DiBlasio released the “One City, Built to Last” Plan, which unveiled a historic goal for NYC- to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and to chart a long-term course for a total transition away from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy. At this forum, Bomee Jung, co-founder of GreenHomeNYC will moderate a panel of policy experts in conversation about the policies needed for neighborhoods to get beyond incremental energy reductions and put us on the path to achieve the 80×50 plan goals.


June 1, 2013

424 Melrose Street: Passive House in Process

    ImageAs a part of our Spring 2013 SustaiNYC tours, architect Chris Benedict of Chris Benedict, R.A. showed the GreenHomeNYC community her latest project– a 24-unit apartment building in Bushwick that is designed to meet Passive House standards.   Passive Houses are airtight buildings that are designed and built under rigorous conversion standards to dramatically minimize energy use.  Thoughtful building design and infrastructure are at the core of a Passive House, so it was a treat to tour the building mid-construction and explore the details firsthand.   Image 4Chris and her team have designed 424 Melrose Street to be as airtight as possible, using modeling software such as PHPP (Passive House Planning Package) to calculate energy balance and facilitate building decisions.  Each part of the building– including the walls, floors, windows, and the roof– are expertly designed with selected materials to maximize insulation.  While optimizing solar energy and heat from appliances and occupants within the building, the team is also working to reduce the size of heating and AC systems. (more…)

December 21, 2011

GreenHomeNYC Executive Director, Shai Lauros, Featured in Brownstoner.com’s “The Hot Seat”

Some excerpts from our friends at Brownstoner: Welcome to the Hot Seat, where we interview folks involved in Brooklyn real estate, architecture, development and the like… BS: Can you explain the mission behind GreenHomeNYC? SL: GreenHomeNYC was created to make going green accessible to New Yorkers. We’re a community-oriented, volunteer-run organization whose mission is to facilitate the adoption of sustainable building methods and materials by owners and occupants of small residential and commercial buildings in New York City. Our free programming connects folks, ranging anywhere on the spectrum from green novices to green professionals, with local experts and actionable information to help them improve the energy, environmental performance and overall sustainability of the spaces in which they live and work. BS: What’s the green movement looking like now in Brooklyn? What are the strengths and weaknesses when it comes to this borough’s energy uses? SL: I think the green movement in Brooklyn is on an upward trajectory; it’s becoming both more mainstream and DIY at the same time, but there is still a very long way to go… Read the entire article at: Brownstoner

May 24, 2011

Shai Lauros

Shai J Lauros joined GreenHomeNYC as Executive Director in Spring 2011. Shai has most recently been working on regional catastrophic planning for New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania in an innovative initiative to plan for the mitigation and response to mega-disasters, with focuses including housing and community (re)development. Previously, Shai worked as an affordable housing developer for Progress of People’s Development Corporation, where she concentrated on the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of both new developments and existing buildings. Shai also taught architecture and planning to undergraduates, offering courses with an emphasis on socially just and environmentally sustainable practices. Shai has worked as an architect, urban planner and urban designer at various award-wining NYC-based firms, and sits on the Board of Directors of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Shai’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Regional and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Economics from Barnard College-Columbia University.

April 10, 2011

Eva Jaeger

Eva Jaeger is the newest addition to The New New York green block party  planning committee. Eva is a Junior in New York University’s Visual Art Department. She is studying sculpture and green design.

April 7, 2011

Tom Sahagian

Tom Sahagian is the director of the Energy Division at Power Concepts, a consulting engineering firm based in Manhattan. During his three decades in energy efficiency Tom has worked with every technology from solar and wind to condensing boilers and cogeneration. He teaches and writes widely, and recently served on Mayor Bloomberg’s Green Codes Task Force.

February 25, 2011

Vera Chen

Vera Chen is a LEED GA and a staff volunteer in the Public Programs Team  of GreenHomeNYC. She is currently organizing the Spring 2011 Green Building Open House tour in Queens. She obtained her M.S. in Mathematics in Finance at NYU, and worked in Fixed-income Research at Salomon Smith Barney. She also briefly worked in commercial real estate brokering. Before she moved to NYC, she worked as an actuarial consultant for William M. Mercer (now Mercer) in Taipei. Building a livable and enjoyable planet for future generations became one of her most urgent and personally important tasks after the birth of her now 2-year-old son. Vera is particularly interested in green building technology and the capital markets for the green building industry.

January 5, 2011

Marin Schloss

Marin recently received her Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and Environmental Science from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Having always had a keen eye for design, mainly materials and their usage, she has decided to focus her energy on opening her own consulting firm in which she will spec green materials and products for the A and D community. In the mean time, Marin is enjoying various internships and experiences including The New York Industrial Retention Network, Westchester Green Business Challenge, and will begin work at a green retail/show room in Scarsdale, New York called Green Design Expo.