Jan. 21 Green Building Catwalk!

January 19, 2009

Our January forum, the Green Building Catwalk, was a Pecha Kucha-style presentation of a favorite technology/material/method of the moment by a dozen green building pro’s.

  • Wednesday, January 21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Hosted by Coverings Etc New York Showroom
  • 138 Spring Street, 6th Floor (Between Wooster and Greene MAP)

The Green Building Forum is held on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at 6:30 PM and features presentations by green building practitioners followed by discussion. The events are always free and open to the general public.

The session PPT, notes, and list of presenters after the jump!

View Session Notes

About the presenters:

Alice Hartley has worked for Cook+Fox Architects since 2005 and is responsible for writing, editing, and outreach related to the firm’s work. She also coordinates materials research, educational resources, and internal sustainability initiatives. She serves as Senior Editor for Terrapin Bright Green, an environmental consulting and strategic planning firm affiliated with Cook+Fox. Before joining the firm, Alice worked for the nonprofits Green Map System, Sustainability Institute, and Rocky Mountain Institute.

Emery Myers earned a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from Tulane University in 1998 and 2006, respectively. She has been working with MWH (Montgomery Watson Harza), an international engineering consulting firm, as an environmental engineer since 1999. Outside of work, Emery has volunteered with a range of non-profit organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, American Society of Civil Engineers, and The Green Project. As a part of an ongoing project with Engineers Without Borders, Emery will join a team of volunteers in February 2009 for the installation of clean drinking water systems (including a rainwater catchment system) and sanitation systems for Amayo, a remote village in Nicaragua. Emery is originally from St. Simons Island, Georgia, enjoys travelling, spent 14 years in New Orleans for school and work and most recently relocated from New Orleans with her company to work in New York City.

Evangeline Dennie, LEED AP is an architectural designer, green building consultant, and founder of EDennie Design for Sustainability.  Her most notable design work includes the Tribute Center, which serves as an interim memorial and educational center at Ground Zero (BKSK), and Oulu Bar and Ecolounge in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Since 2003, Evangeline managed the green building process and facilitated workshops for dozens of educational and commercial projects, as well as co-authored high performance building guidelines with Hillary Brown, AIA, and lead the green consulting team for the first LEED for Existing Buildings high-rise in New York for Random House Bertelsman.  She practices, and will soon start teaching green building design by providing workshops from her design studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For more info, email: office AT edennie.com

Greg Loosvelt oversees Earth Pledge’s seven initiatives. He has technical expertise in the areas of clean energy, sustainable food systems, advanced materials, sustainable development, and environmental health. A former production foreman, turn-around specialist, and crossover hedge fund manager, Greg has degrees in Chemistry, Law and Management. He has started three companies and obtained venture financing, thus he has been on both sides of negotiating the terms and conditions of financial transactions. He has an empathic understanding of how companies and individuals need to connect and work with the environment, and a lawyer’s love for the thrust and parry of intellectual engagement.

Jason Abbey, AIA, LEED AP joined FXFOWLE in 2000 and was promoted to Associate in 2007. He is a key member of the firm’s Team Green, a committee of design professionals dedicated to research, investigation, and development of new sustainable systems, materials, and technologies. Jason has worked on a variety of projects including the construction documents for the New York Times Headquarters in Manhattan, the design phases for the NYCyberCenter, the first “green” data-center in Manhattan; construction administration of the lobby renovation for the headquarters at Avaya; and the design development of a commercial high-rise at 11 Times Square. Currently, he is working on the renovation and expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (in association with A. Epstein & Sons, International). Jason serves as one of the firm’s LEED advisors and has provided input on sustainable design options for several key projects, including the Clinton Green Mixed-Use Residential Complex and the firm’s competition submission for Site 16/17 of Battery Park City. Jason is a graduate of The University of Virginia where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Architecture. Jason volunteers time regularly with the EBANYS and Canstruction, and regularly attends National sustainable design conferences.

Kate Zidar is a planner and green evangelist with a particular focus on community education and stormwater management. She most recently served as the Director of Habana Works, a non-profit environmental education organization founded by Sean Meenan, owner of Habana Outpost, New York’s only solar-powered eatery. Prior to Habana Works, Kate worked as the Senior Environmental Planner at Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice in the South Bronx, as Program Director of Environmental Education at the Lower East Side Ecology Center, as an Assistant Planner with the Planning Center at Municipal Art Society, and as a consultant for NYC Housing Authority’s Greening and Gardening Program. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Colorado, and an MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center For Planning and the Environment. She is the founder of North Brooklyn Compost Project in Brooklyn.

Keirnyn Ross is an Engineer at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. He is knowledgeable in high performance building envelope, HVAC design and retrofit, general building diagnostics and testing, multifamily housing management and operation, strategic planning. Most recently Keirnyn has been actively working with Marc Zuluaga on numerous NYC multifamily ventilation systems in both existing and new construction buildings. Their findings have shed much light onto the subject of ventilation energy savings which has been generally ignored in the past.

Leslie Hoffman, president and executive director of Earth Pledge, has traveled the globe speaking to naturalists, developers, legislators, chefs and corporations about practical solutions to environmental challenges. She holds a degree in architecture and design, and worked as a carpenter and green builder for ten years. Since joining Earth Pledge in 1994, she has spearheaded the nonprofit’s four core initiatives: Green Roofs, Farm to Table, Waste=Fuel, and FutureFashion, all of which use research, education and demonstration to deliver viable models of sustainability to government, industry and communities. Under her leadership, the organization has received accolades from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and numerous industry and trade publications. In 2004, Earth Pledge was named an Environmental Achiever by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Leslie is an avid gardener who has maintained a small organic coffee farm in Hawaii since 1990, and a lifelong transoceanic sailor.

Architect Mark Helder is completing ‘439 Metropolitan Green’, his first project as both designer and developer. The building is a high-performance LEED registered building located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Mark is committed to bringing highly energy-efficient, environmentally responsible design to the high-end as well as the lower income and affordable housing sector. Mark’s past projects include private homes, not-for-profit spaces, multi-family complexes, and commercial spaces. Mark Helder expanded his studio, Helder Design, from the Netherlands to New York in 2002. The work of Helder Design has been exhibited in the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the South-Eastern Center for Contemporary Design in South Carolina, Gallery 312 in Chicago, and the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City.

Architect Matthew Skjonsberg works as a project leader for West 8, a leading international office for urban design and landscape architecture, founded by Adriaan Geuze in 1987. A native of the state of Wisconsin, and of the first generation in his family not to farm, Matthew built projects in the private and public sectors in WI, MN, MI and NM prior to joining West 8. He has been a faculty member teaching architecture at Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Lawrence University, University of Wisconsin-Stout Polytechnic, and has given lectures and expert workshops at numerous institutions, including the ETH in Zurich, the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, Parsons in New York, and Harvard GSD in Cambridge. He has participated in diverse symposia, and in 2008 his work ‘Performative Corridors’ (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) was featured in the Swiss Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale, ‘Out There: Architecture Beyond Building’.

Seema Pandya is a Consultant at YRG with expertise relating to green building strategies, design assistance, LEED coordination and documentation, project management, interior architecture, lighting design, and green design education. Seema received her BA in Interior Design at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design with an emphasis in green design.  Seema has won various awards for sustainable design projects as well as having designs published in academic texts. In addition to her Interior Architecture background, Seema was Co-Owner of an award winning, multifaceted, cultural arts center, Revoluciones Collective Arts Space, in Denver. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for “Bands for Lands”, a non-profit organization that funds land conservation projects and supports social awareness issues by utilizing music, speakers, presentations, film and other miscellaneous media to educate inspire and motivate people to take action.

Seth Frader-Thompson is founder and CEO of EnergyHub, a technology start-up that aligns the interests of utility companies and consumers. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics, a New York-based company that builds hardware for NASA’s Mars missions and the Department of Defense. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Program, and payloads and tools for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. Seth was also the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots. As a project engineer, he worked on the Inchworm Deep Drilling System (IDDS), the Mars Analog Rio Tinto Experiment (MARTE), and various consumer robotic systems. Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his thesis research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

Tony Daniels is principal of Cycle Architecture, a full service architecture and green building practice in New York.  His career has focused on buildings and projects known for their outstanding environmental performance and design excellence.  He has served clients including single individuals and large government agencies,  ranging from very large to very small.  A graduate of Columbia College, he resides in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons.

See also: notes from the 2008 “catwalk”.


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