November 26, 2008
Frank works on maps and GIS analysis for Regional Plan Association. He’s putting his overflowing enthusiasm for web-enabled planning tools to work as a member of the GreenHomeNYC web team.
November 14, 2008
Chef Stephanie Sugawara has catered the delicious lunches served during GreenHomeNYC’s Green Buildings Open House since 2006. She’s a private chef who worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley CA for 9 years, then ran Balthazar Bakery for four years (hence her sandwich and salad making prowess). Folks interested in having her cater their private events (mostly small dinner parties up to 14) can contact her by e-mail (ugwar at yahoo). Chef Stephanie isn’t a staff volunteer, but we wanted to give her a shout-out anyway in appreciation of her long-standing support of our tour.
November 11, 2008
Adam worked for the New York State Assembly in Manhattan for a number of years before returning to school to focus on urban planning at Rutgers. That experience in government led to a recognition of the built environment’s impact on peoples’ livelihoods and resource usage. His current research focuses on standard land use practice principles, valuation of green buildings, and the development of green standards for local and state governments. Adam helps us keep on top of developments in green building policy.
September 6, 2008
NESEA Liaison Steven Lenard
dedicated himself to sustainability when he realized he may have been producing more pollution than he was cleaning up as a contractor to the Environmental Protection Agency. After getting a bachelor’s in political science and biology at the University of Chicago, Steven spent four years evaluating potential Superfund sites in New England. This inspired him to focus his studies toward a Master in City Planning at MIT on preventing contamination rather than cleaning it up. Steven is now a City Planner with the Department of City Planning working in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn.
August 30, 2008
Program Coordinator Erik Nevala-Lee
, a California native, came to New York to go to NYU and study Urban Design. He has since realized the unique position the city plays in the ongoing quest for sustainability. Hoping to further his personal education, as well as the education of others, he became a part of GreenhomeNYC in 2004. While school and work have taken him in many different directions he will continue to keep environmental issues at the core of his day to day life until he can focus on it full time.
is currently finishing up a degree in Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and she has been a part of GreenHomeNYC since February 2008. You may find her typing away in the corner at the monthly forums as she documents the many highlights of the meetings. In 2003, after finishing up her BA in Marketing from Siena college, Deirdre began volunteering with Americorps NCCC in Denver. It was there, she realized her responsibility to both the physical and social environment. While pursuing her passion for design, she aspires to find ways to design with an environmentally conscious based approach. The monthly forums have been a continuous source of inspiration and education, and she is more than happy to be able to pitch in.
Having spent a lot time outdoors as a child, Sharon Brind has always been interested in the environment and protecting it. Being a seasoned traveler she was introduced to many different cultures and went on to get a BA in Art History/Anthropology. Her love of art and wanting it to be available to all, essentially led her to get her Masters in Museum Studies for Decorative Art, where she began to see both the beauty and sustainability of the world of antiques. While working for many different galleries and interior designers in NYC she was aware of the immense impact that sustainable design and product could have on the industry. She is currently pursuing consultancy work in helping people to achieve more sustainable interiors and to leave less of a footprint. She is energized and excited to find the community of GreenHomeNYC and work toward a healthy place to live.