Monthly Forum: Building a Resilient Future

May 9, 2019

  Enormous problems of the future are making their way into the present-day at an accelerating rate. From aging infrastructure failures to climate-related catastrophes, from significant human population shifts to energy supply interruptions and more, we collectively face the daunting task of keeping up with the myriad changes happening all around us.   Adaptability will be critical in order for future generations to thrive. But what are we doing in order to achieve that? What projects, technologies and policies are advancing that effort? What is happening on the ground and out in the field to help us build that resilient future? We will be exploring these questions and more in our upcoming Monthly Forum!   Join GreenHomeNYC on May 15th to hear from professionals on the front lines of developing a more resilient physical infrastructure for our communities, and learn about the impact their efforts have in creating a more sustainable future for NYC and beyond!   Date: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Place: Fujitsu Airstage, 1450 Broadway, 42nd floor, New York, NY 10018   REGISTER HERE!     We highly encourage attendees to register in advance, as fees increase at the door. If registering at the door, credit/debit card is preferred.   Speakers for the event will include:   Rebecca Fischman, Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency ///// Speaking about coastal resiliency in the New York City region   Stephen Lassiter, Public Policy Manager at Sunrun ///// Speaking about solar + storage resiliency in Puerto Rico and beyond   Daniella Leifer, NY DG Ombudsman at Sustainable CUNY ///// Speaking about the value of resilience   F. L. Andrew Padian, Consultant for Sustainability & Resilience ///// Speaking on the damage and repairs in buildings resulting from Superstorm Sandy as well as Sandy recovery     About our speakers:   Rebecca Fischman is a Policy Advisor at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency (MOR). A part of the planning team, Rebecca is working to implement MOR’s coastal protection and policy portfolio, in addition to producing maps and other visuals to better inform decision-making and engage audiences. Rebecca grew up in Maine and graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in History and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. She’s worked at Fifth Avenue Committee, a local community development corporation with a focus on affordable housing development and preservation, and several other nonprofits.     Stephen Lassiter is a Public Policy Manager at Sunrun, the nation’s largest residential solar, storage and energy services company. He focuses on legislative and regulatory policy across several Northeastern states and federal affairs in Washington, D.C. Previously he led a community solar market accelerator program at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and worked on Capitol Hill and political campaigns. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University and a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.     Daniella Leifer is the project manager of the Sustainable CUNY Smart DG Hub, which is leading efforts to streamline costs and reduce barriers to market growth of energy storage in NYC and to leverage results outside of NYC through the development of tools, planning resources, and educational materials. Prior to joining the Smart DG Hub, Daniella was a project manager for energy efficiency workforce training programs. Daniella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Cornell University and an MBA from the CUNY Baruch-Zicklin School of Business.       Andrew Padian is (in his own words) a formerly gifted building scientist who was reluctantly taught resilience by some of his peers and Superstorms Katrina and Sandy. He has worked on actual buildings affected by Sandy, as well as their owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors; and survived all of them.