September Forum: Green Schools

September 5, 2013

It will take no small amount of time and effort to achieve the goal of a sustainable NYC.  To truly accomplish this, it’s critical that we emphasize the importance of sustainability to future generations.  One way to do this is through our schools and that’s the focus of September Forum, Green Schools!  We’ll look at programs targeted toward teaching students about sustainable practices and their importance, guidelines for creating a sustainable school, and case studies of some existing schools.  We hope you’ll join us!   Date:  September 18, 2013 Time:  6:30pm – 8:00pm Place:  GE Monogram Design Center, 150 E 58th St., New York, NY 10155   Click here to register! Please plan ahead to arrive promptly.  Our spaces are donated to us so we must keep to the schedule we provide.   Our speakers will include: Additional speaker information to follow.   Daniel Heuberger, Principal, Dattner Architects Daniel Heuberger AIA is a Principal at Dattner Architects – a firm well-regarded for their commitment to social and environmental responsibility. He has lectured on the sustainable design work of the firm for numerous organizations, his work has been widely published, and he has received several awards including state and local design awards from the AIA. He has been a juror at Pratt Institute and New York Institute of Technology. Daniel has led the design of a number of innovative school projects including the Klein Campus Center at the Dwight Englewood School in NJ, the Master Plan for Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus, and New York City’s PS/IS 276 in Battery Park City, which was designed using the Green Schools Guide that Dattner Architects developed for the New York City School Construction Authority. He was also the lead designer for the award-winning Bronx Library Center for the New York Public Library, the first publicly funded building in New York City to receive a LEED rating, Manhattan’s Hudson River Park Segments 6 & 7, and the Princeton University Tennis Pavilion. He is currently working on two new public schools as well as projects for Brooklyn College and Columbia University.   Veronique Pittman, Chief Information Officer, The Green Schools Alliance Veronique Pittman serves as the Information architecture designer, editor, and moderator of the GSA web platform and is mother of two school-age children. She is an activist in the areas of sustainable schools, indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, green technologies, discovery learning, and women’s reproductive health. A writer for the Huffington Post, Veronique has covered diverse issues nationally and internationally. In an effort to support sustainable enterprise in less-developed countries, she has helped launch companies including Rainforest Native, which imports fair-trade ecological products from the Amazon rainforest (now supported by Global Goods Partners), and Casa Dragones Tequila. Veronique serves as a trustee of The Rainforest Foundation,, Global Goods Partners and Round Hill Hotels and Villas. She is on the Bedford 2020 Waste & Recycling Task Force, Audubon’s Rachel Carson Awards Council and a sponsor of the American Museum of Natural History. Graphic designer by trade (Hachette Filippachi, New Media Group, Sasaki Associates, Pandamonium), chef (Biba), and mountaineer, she strives to connect creative, resourceful individuals to each other, to their communities, to their environments.   David Patnaude, Technical Coordinator, The Green Schools Alliance David Patnaude is a Certified Plant Engineer and Supervisor with over 25 years of experience in design, construction, strategic & capital planning, campus master planning, facilities engineering & management, building & zoning code administration, real estate management, energy management & efficiency, sustainability and engineering economics. As a graduate architectural-engineer, David has always had a focus on energy efficiency and alternative & renewable energy. With 20 years of experience in educational facilities management and 7 more years in international complex corporate commercial construction for the financial services industry David has seen many of the challenges common to every type of real estate organization and campus. In his current role as the Director of Plant & Sustainability for the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, NY, David works with his staff, students and faculty on multiple energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability initiatives that cover topics such as gardening, composting, energy efficiency measures, wind & solar energy, geothermal, lighting efficiency, landscaping and erosion control, and many other issues relating to the physical plant and the Riverdale Country School campus at large.