Monthly Forum: City of Yes – Why this is the Right Climate Policy for NYC

September 15, 2023

Join GreenHomeNYC at this month’s Forum for in-person presentations with Q&A.

The mayor has proposed a string of permitting and zoning related changes through his “City of Yes” initiative to modernize the city’s zoning regulations in order to support its climate goals. This presentation will provide a preview of the changes proposed in the City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality and the social, economic and environmental benefits it aims to create.

We will also hear from a fire safety expert to take a deep dive into one of the components of COY to address these common questions – is energy storage safe to install and should it be included in COY?

Join us at this forum to learn how New York City is jump-starting its response to climate change and how you can help.

Doors open at 6:15. Light refreshments will be served. Stick around for networking afterwards!

Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, 55 West 46th Street, #Tower 46, New York, NY, 10036


Presenters for this event include:

Alia Soomro //// Deputy Director, New York City Policy from New York League of Conservation Voters

Nick Petrakis //// Senior Consultant from Energy Safety Response Group (former Assistant Deputy Director of FDNY Sustainability Unit)


Details about the presenters:

Alia Soomro

As Deputy Director for New York City Policy, Alia works with the League’s members, staff, and partners to advance policies and legislation that protect New York City’s environment and health. Before joining the League, Alia was the Menapace Fellow in Urban Law Use Law at the Municipal Art Society of New York and worked in New York City government. Alia received her Master and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from a five-year program at Tulane University School of Architecture. She graduated from Brooklyn Law School in May 2019.

Nick Petrakis

Nicholas Petrakis joined the ESRG team in January of 2022. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and graduate of Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering.

Prior to joining ESRG, Mr. Petrakis held a position within the New York City Fire Department’s (FDNY) Bureau of Fire Prevention as an Assistant Deputy Director of the Sustainability Unit. He led a team of engineers tasked with the review of new and emerging technologies, including but not limited to High-Pressure Natural Gas Co-generation Plants, Mass Timber Construction, Combustible Cladding (EIFS), Fire Modeling of Cantilevered Buildings, and Battery Energy Storage Systems (ESS). He has been an active and voting member on multiple codes and standards committees including the NYC Construction Codes, NYC Fire Codes, NFPA 855, UL 1973, UL 1741, UL 9540 and UL 9540A. He was one of the subject matter experts that developed and implemented the FDNY Rule to govern the safe installation of Battery ESS throughout NYC.

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