March forum: Stormwater

March 8, 2010

Join GreenHomeNYC for our March Green Building Forum, with three guest speakers focusing on Stormwater issues. The evening will address methods to re-use and manage stormwater for community, residential and commercial projects.

  • Wednesday – March 17 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Green Depot 222 Bowery at Prince Street
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From rainwater harvesting to sustainable development strategies for commercial buildings, join us to hear about new approaches to stormwater in NYC. As clean water becomes a more scarce resource, we’ll learn how green buildings can help us save, reuse and keep our water clean!

Speakers Include:

Vincent Lee is a Senior Engineer in Arup’s New York City office, and has over eleven years experience in a wide range of civil engineering, sustainable site development and water management projects. Vincent’s diverse engineering skill-set includes: site development design, stormwater management, urban hydrology, Low Impact Development and stormwater BMP (Best Management Practice) design, integrating green infrastructure, flood risk management, rainwater harvesting, water reuse, sanitary sewer design and wastewater treatment, roadway design, erosion and sedimentation control, utility layout and coordination, and earthwork analyses. His level of input spans all phases of a project including: feasibility studies, master planning, design development, site plan permitting and construction coordination.

To further enhance his engineering experience, Vincent has an extensive background in sustainability principals and is a LEED(r) Accredited Professional. By merging his skills in site/civil engineering, water resources and sustainability, Vincent has provided a total water management solution to projects at all levels of planning and design, encompassing all forms of water including: stormwater, potable water supply, reclaimed water and wastewater. Since joining Arup in June 2006, Vincent has undertaken various civil engineering design tasks and performed project management duties on a number of largescale, high-profile projects within the U.S. and throughout the world. Prior to working at Arup, Vincent was an Assistant Project Manager at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, and was involved in the site development and stormwater management design of a wide variety of commercial and residential projects in the Northeastern U.S.

Esther Yang is an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow currently positioned within Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC), managing and designing projects aimed to activate and reuse natural resources in efforts to increase building performance, reduce operating costs, and to provide healthier living conditions for its residents. Additionally, her field experience as a secondary construction supervisor at FBHC influences her role with Enterprise Community Partners developing and modifying certification policies that will empower and keep affordable housing developers accountable to better building practices.

Previous to this position, Esther has worked with large and small-scale architectural practices in Maryland, Virginia, and Arkansas. Her academic credits include teaching in the design and technology courses, as well as upper-level design seminars focused on the concepts of “home,” “house,” and “housing,” at the University of Arkansas, School of Architecture. She received her M. Arch from the University of Virginia and is a designer, educator, and an advocate for social and positive change.

Kate Zidar is a founding member of the Storm Water Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition. S.W.I.M. is dedicated to ensuring swimmable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable stormwater management practices in our neighborhoods. This approach is environmentally and fiscally responsible because it utilizes stormwater, currently viewed as a waste, as a resource.

Kate is an Environmental Planner working on soil, water and food issues in New York City. In addition to coordinating S.W.I.M., she teaches at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, and steers the North Brooklyn Compost Project. She has worked extensively as a planner in the non-profit, private and public sectors with Habana Outpost, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice,
Lower East Side Ecology Center, Newtown Creek Alliance, Municipal Art Society, and the NYC Housing Authority.

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