July 14, 2020

Monthly Forum: Urban Heat Island and COVID-19 – A Perfect Storm?

Summer in the City: Urban Heat Island, Environmental Justice and Covid 19– a Perfect Storm?

  Temperatures this summer are rising to uncomfortable levels.  But what policies are in place to assist people who are confined to small, crowded apartments, with inadequate ventilation and no air conditioning —or unaffordable air conditioning—in the case of a heat wave?   What are the environmental justice issues that should be considered, since traditional practices like opening community centers and shelters may be contraindicated in the era of Covid? What populations are being disproportionately affected by urban heat and climate change?   Please join Adriana Espinoza, Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice, NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate Policy and Programs, who will speak about environmental justice from a macro level, and how systemic inequality and environmental racism has created the disparities that exists in the City today. She will also discuss how the City plans to better incorporate equity and EJ into the city climate decision-making.   To dive deeper into the conversation, Mike Harrington, Assistant Director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, will speak about the historical inequalities of urban heat island impacts on communities and some possible solutions from a policy and design perspective. He will also share some of the lessons learned from personal experience and the recently released “Turning the Heat” report that he co-authored as part of the Urban Design Forum’s Forefront Fellowship.   Sonal Jessel, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, will discuss what makes extreme heat a public health issue, why there are inequities in impact, and how communities cope. She will also highlight particular challenges that exist for vulnerable populations this summer due to COVID-19.  

Here is the Link to register:


  Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Place: Online   REGISTER HERE!         (more…)

May 28, 2020

Monthly Forum: Sustainability in the 2020 Election Cycle (Virtual Edition)


  In these tumultuous times, State and Local governments matter more than ever, and your vote is critical for overcoming the challenges of climate change and environmental injustice.   Which candidates have strong pro-environment voting records? What policies will address the pressing needs of our most affected communities?   This special GreenHomeNYC Forum will help us get informed and get involved. Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A, and learn how you can effect positive social change and impact environmental policy and legislation over the coming years.   You’ll hear from three policy and governmental affairs experts on how the NYS and NYC voting process has changed, and what State and Local environmental policy and legislation might look like in a post-pandemic and socially just future.   JUNE 16 DEADLINE! DON’T WAIT TO REQUEST YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT FOR THE JUNE NEW YORK ELECTION. APPLY NOW!  

Speakers for this event include:

Joshua Klainberg /// Senior Vice President, New York League of Conservation Voters

Cecil Corbin-Mark /// Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT)

Ese Olumhense /// Reporter for THE CITY


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May 9, 2020

Monthly Forum: Virtual Edition – Quantifying Climate Change

Quantifying the effects of climate change can be a daunting task to even the brightest scientific minds! To help demystify this complex topic, GreenHomeNYC is bringing leading climate change experts together to discuss their most recent efforts around quantifying our changing environment, and what it means for New York City.     Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Place: Online   Speakers at this event will include:   Susan Golden /// Environmental educator and member of the Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps Luis Ortiz /// Postdoctoral research fellow with the Urban Systems Lab at The New School Peter Marsters /// Research Associate at the Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy   REGISTER HERE!   (more…)

January 25, 2020

Monthly Forum: Sustainable Food Trends

Photo Credit: Entrepreneurial Chef at https://entrepreneurialchef.com/

Photo Credit: Entrepreneurial Chef at https://entrepreneurialchef.com/

  What’s new in food? How can we create a more sustainable food ecosystem that addresses the environmental, social, and financial realities of the impact of food on our environment? Come join GreenHomeNYC on Wednesday, February 19th, for the February forum, Sustainable Food Trends, where we’ll be exploring trends and innovations that are curbing food waste, pushing the limits on plant-based diets, eliminating food packaging, farming indoors through aeroponics, and lowering the carbon footprint of what’s in your plate.  

This event will have some exciting surprises. Here’s a sneak peak:

**Food for All will be giving away a free meal code

**Imperfect Foods will have a raffle for a free box of produce

  In addition, a volunteer orientation will take place right before the event, starting at 6 PM. If you’re interested in joining GreenHomeNYC as a volunteer, please sign up at http://greenhomenyc.org/get-involved/   Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Place: WeWork – Tower 49, 12 E 49th Street, 18th Floor   Speakers for the event will include: Matthew Hayek // Assitant Professor at New York University, Department of Environmental Studies Andy Rose // Supply Chain Planner at Loop Sabine Valenga // Co-Founder at Food for All Emily Gee // Marketing and Communications Manager, AeroFarms  

More speakers to be announced.

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December 26, 2019

Monthly Forum: Green Catwalk 2020

GreenHomeNYC Forums Planning Committee wishes you a Happy New Year!


Our first GreenhomeNYC forum for 2020 will be our annual Green Catwalk. There is a diverse lineup of speakers from various industries that will discuss new trends, technologies, innovations, and projects in the environmental sustainability sphere. Our speakers’ professions range from research coordinators, architects, energy and sustainability entrepreneurs, and product consultants, among others. 


This year topics include:

NYC 80 x 50 plan Local Laws/CMA and the importance of tenant engagement high-performance sustainability districts in Brooklyn and Manhattan advanced daylighting building technology electric vehicle incentives and charging stations planning for electric vehicles in multi-family and commercial contexts what happens when toy design meets solar panels


Presenters include:

Tom Sahagian, Independent Energy-Efficiency Consultant  

Frank Maricic NYC 2030 Districts

Haym Gross NYC 2030 Districts

Jeremy Latriano, 475 High Performance Building Supply

Lidia Henderson, Empire Clean Cities

Amina Hassen, WXY Studio

Krystal Persaud, Grouphug



Join us this Wednesday January 15 at the Fujitsu Airstage!




October 31, 2019

Monthly Forum: Sustainable Fashion Panel

  GreenHomeNYC and the NYC Fair Trade Coalition bring you a curated panel discussion on sustainable fashion. While the fashion industry and its practices have been shifting more into public awareness, the challenges to better the industry are great. Through the lens of design, community organizing, and science, our panelists will touch on their own work, progress made within the industry and the issues they are working to tackle. This panel will be moderated by Nataliya Makulova, Founder of Conscious Fashion Tech. Come along to November’s forum with your questions ready!   In addition, a volunteer orientation will take place right before the event, starting at 6 PM. If you’re interested in joining GreenHomeNYC as a volunteer, please sign up at http://greenhomenyc.org/get-involved/   Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Place: Fujitsu Airstage | 1450 Broadway | 42nd Floor | New York, NY 10018   Speakers for the event will include: [Moderator] Nataliya Makulova // Founder, Balanced Fashion Deanna Ansara // Owner/Designer, Vincetta Andrea Reyes // Chair, NYC Fair Trade Coalition & Founder, A. Bernadette Daniela Blanco // PhD Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering & Co-Founder, Sunthetics

Ozgem Ornektekin // Founder, KO2 Consulting & Petit Pas

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September 30, 2019

Monthly Forum: The Heart of the NYC Green New Deal – LL97

New York City recently enacted one of the most revolutionary initiatives in its history, aimed at reducing the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Mobilization Act (nicknamed by some as “a Green New Deal for New York City”) significantly limits carbon emissions for most buildings larger than 25,000 square feet. The centerpiece, known as Local Law 97, compels medium-to-large building owners to reduce emissions by, typically, around 40% by 2030. With nearly 60% of these buildings being residential, many of our homes are about to undergo significant transformation.     This month’s Forum will focus on LL97 and its impact on NYC’s residential buildings. How will it affect where YOU live? * How will management comply with LL97 in your building? * How will it affect your wallet, your building’s amenities and your quality of life at home? * How will it affect affordable and rent-regulated buildings?   Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Place: Knoll Showroom, 1330 Ave of the Americas, 2nd floor, New York, NY, 10019   REGISTER HERE!   (more…)

September 12, 2019

Talking Trash

Forums Recap: Recycling Today, How It Works and What You Can Do To Improve It   By Pamela Berns   If you’re a New Yorker who actively recycles, you probably know that when it comes to recycling in New York City, tissues count as garbage, not paper, ice cream containers can’t be recycled, and film plastics, such as grocery and freezer bags, shouldn’t share a bin with rigid plastics. You’re no doubt aware that you should donate hard cover books and old vinyl records not only so others can enjoy them as much as you did, but because they’re not recyclable in NYC’s recycling program. And you certainly know that New Yorkers recycle not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the law.   How’d you do?  If you missed our August Monthly Forum, read on to learn what you need to know to fulfill your Zero Waste pledge in New York City. (more…)

September 10, 2019

Monthly Forum: Diversity in Green PechaKucha

On Wednesday, September 18th, GreenHomeNYC will hold it’s monthly forum on Diversity in Green. This is a special “PechaKucha” style forum in which all presentations will be 20 slides at 20 seconds each to tell a story about that speaker.   At this month’s forum we will look at and hear from the people working with and for organizations with green missions and learn about what they have experienced trying to break the “Green Ceiling” to form a more diverse industry. From people of different races, genders or disabilities to people outside of the traditional “green career path” and beyond, we will hear their stories in photos and words.   Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Time:  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Place: WeWork, 12 East 49th St, 18th floor, New York, NY 10017   Speakers for the event will include: Samantha Yost Annmarie Bhola, CEO, Enhanced Building Solutions Daphany Rose Sanchez Leslie Ke Liu Jill Lanier Rose Fathers, Account Manager, Sweeten Chante Harris, Co-Founder, WOC/CS and Vice President, Capalino+Company Jordana Vasquez, Co-Founder, WOC/CS +  Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Professional   Please join us for what should be an interesting and honest conversation from people with first hand experiences in this topic!   Register Here!

July 31, 2019

Monthly Forum: Recycling Today: How It works and What You Can Do To Improve It

The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) picks up over 10,000 tons of garbage and recycling each day!  There’s a lot of things that you throw out each day that can be recycled– about 77% of your waste – that you are not aware of.  On top of that, some of the recycling in New York City is done so efficiently, it will literally recycle your entire brain about the possibilities.   Please join us to meet two of our best urban recycling leaders so you can become a better leader of the NYC and world recycling community.   Register Here   (more…)