June 3, 2009
Yuri is our 2009 summer intern, hailing from LaGuardia Community College.
August 30, 2008
Jens Verhaegh, a New Jersey native, was inspired by the GreenHomeNYC monthly forums and similar events to stay motivated in his pursuit of a green career after his graduation from Ithaca College, were he first opened his mind to the concepts of sustainable development. Since first coming to a GreenHomeNYC event he has worked for EnergyStar Homes, LEED Homes and is currently living in Leicester England working as a Thermal Modeling and Sustainability Engineer. Staff Volunteer 2005-2006
Shawna Michaud has been interested in the built environment ever since drawing street maps for her matchbox cars. She’s an illustrator and designer,
intent on marrying her love for design, research, and writing by becoming an urban planner. She has her BFA from MassArt in Boston. She discovered GreenHomeNYC while scouting out urban planning programs, and ever since she’s been a volunteer, she’s helped secure Building Green forum venues and speakers. She’s moving to Seattle for a while, to do design work at an architectural firm and to take notes on how to make NYC even more green and sustainable! Staff Volunteer 2004-2006
Daniel Harris is a researcher and consultant who holds an MS and BS in engineering of control systems from the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his energy experience at H Power Corp. as a PEM fuel cell researcher and has expanded his area of interests to buildings and large energy projects. He is excited to be working with GreenHomeNYC to facilitate energy efficiency in society. Staff Volunteer 2002-2007
Lauren Gropper became interested in all things green as a young girl growing up in Vancouver, Canada. A steadfast GreenHomeNYC enthusiast and former staff volunteer, Lauren now splits her time between Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto, working as an independent green building and LEED consultant. Lauren works with real estate developers, builders, architects, engineers, homeowners and television producers to make their buildings, homes, apartments, and sets go green. Lauren is also a proud alumna and adjunct professor at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment. Staff Volunteer 2002-2006
Cory Trembath has been concerned about the environment for as long as she can remember. The rampant suburban sprawl she witnessed in her hometown as a child led her to study architecture, and later historic preservation, as a way to lessen the impact of the built environment on the natural world. She earned her degree in Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and spent an exchange year at the Eidgenï¿½ssische Technische Hochschule in Zï¿½rich. She currently works for John G. Waite Associates, a nationally recognized preservation architecture firm, where she continues to strive towards a holistic approach to sustainability through the compatibilities of historic preservation, green design and urban planning. She is thrilled to join the team at GreenHomeNYC to push these goals even further. In the summer Cory can be found leading free kayak tours along the Hudson River with the Downtown Boathouse, introducing New Yorkers to a part of their local environment.
Silvia Steude came to New York in 2002 to pursue a career in architecture. Having grown up in an environment in Germany where living sustainably was a way of life, she soon realized that it was essential for her to be working with people who felt there was more to architecture than pure aesthetics, an opportunity to give back to the environment, to provide a healthy and sustainable living space, work place, etc. Silvia joined GreenHomeNYC in the Fall of 2007 to deepen her connection to like-minded people and increase her knowledge of sustainable building design and technology. Volunteer 2007-2008
Sam Pardo joined GreenHomeNYC in February of 2008 during a brief sabbatical from “gainful employment”. He took right away to the House Calls program and has spent a year boot-strapping it and being 50% of the first presentation team. Sam is an enthusiastic supporter of the peer-to-peer learning model of GreenHomeNYC, and his happy to be growing his network of sustainable friends and colleagues through his involvement. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, cooking, traveling, gardening, and badgering others about the merits of congestion pricing and other progressive sustainably-minded initiatives. He counts tropical fruit and quasi-frequent surf trips to Central America as his environmental vices.
Abby Kelly thinks that sustainability is a vital part of making the world both beautiful and functional. Her involvement in GreenHomeNYC reflects her belief that designers are especially responsible for using our
natural resources intelligently.
Green Building Monthly Forum Coordinator Joe Franza has been involved with GreenHomeNYC since January 2003 and joined its staff three months later. His interest in green building traces back to his undergraduate years at Columbia University where he researched sustainable architectural design and energy-efficient construction methods. Joe holds a Master of Architecture with a concentration in Landscape Urbanism from the University of Illinois and is currently working on Historic Preservation/Restoration projects in the New York City area. (Volunteer 2003-2008)