July 3, 2014
For the June meeting, the GreenHomeNYC Green Careers group invited professionals with sustainability-focused experience in the government sector to present information regarding their backgrounds, their involvement in government, projects on which they’ve worked and advice they have for job seekers. The event was hosted by Skanska at their offices in the Empire State Building.
The first speaker was Alan Cohn, Director of Climate & Water Quality for the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
(DEP). Having initially graduated with a degree in meteorology, Alan quickly realized his interest in environmental sustainability. While attending graduate school, he began interning for the EPA where he researched greenhouse gases and their polluting effects. His work contributed to what would later be published as the Endangerment Findings Report.
July 29, 2011
Joseph Schaffer, PE, Green Environmental Associates
, Metuchen, NJ
What did your life look like before you started Green Environmental Associates?
Prior to deciding to work for myself, I was doing site civil engineering for commercial developers, projects like big box retail and mega subdivisions. My work has always revolved around design and engineering in land development. This type of work requires the ability to balance hardcore science and site specific conditions in the field with fuzzier disciplines, like urban planning theory, construction tolerance, and environmental concerns.
Describe your “Eureka!” moment that shaped your decision to start your own company.
To make a real impact, I believe that a professional must really understand the existing approach to development and work to change that approach from the inside the system. However, that desire for change must be integrated into the mission of the company. I met my business partners while working on a corporate advisory board and we found that common ground. So we started Green Environmental Associates to reflect a mission of bringing change from the inside. We’re not just consultants, but partners in shaping our client’s future.
July 23, 2009
Contents of the free Home Water Conservation Kit
Did you know that the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will send you a free home water conservation kit packed with water conservation goodies from Niagra Conservation
? All you have to do is download a request form
, fill it out, and mail, fax, or email it back to DEP. Couldn’t be any easier.
We requested a kit a few weeks ago and here’s what we liked and didn’t like about it.
Read on after the jump!