Green Buildings Discussion Group
This group of scientists, architects, engineers, and other key stakeholders assemble to address sustainable building design and construction issues—a key aspect to addressing energy consumption concerns.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Tom Vanderbilt (author), Hunter Reed (FASTNYC), Kaid Benfield (Natural Resource Defense Council), Mariela Alfonzo (Polytechnic Institute at New York University)
Join a panel of scientists, urban planners, and fitness experts for a talk on how designing and building better cities and towns may make us a healthier—and leaner—nation. Part of the Science and the Seven Deadly Sins Series.
July 18 - 19, 2012
The 2012 New Energy Symposium will convene multi-sector stakeholders to showcase the latest technology in clean energy and discuss hot topics in the field.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 | 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Organizers: Chris Garvin (Terrapin Bright Green), Michel Wahome (The New York Academy of Sciences)
Our intent is to look at the potential data pool for the entire real estate industry and draw out the value between data sets and determine what data we should be collecting in order achieve sustainability and market transformation goals.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Moderator: Bryan Walsh (Time Magazine). Speakers: David Cleary (The Nature Conservancy), Jon Foley (University of Minnesota), Doug Gurian-Sherman (Union of Concerned Scientists), Phil Levin (NOAA) and Eleanor Sterling (American Museum of Natural History).
Faced with ever-increasing population and ever-decreasing food systems, five scientists discuss the challenges and potential solutions that could feed the people and protect nature. The fourth installment of our four-part series Discourses on Nature and Society.
Monday, April 16, 2012 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Moderator: Bill Ulfelder(The Nature Conservancy. Speakers: Jon Christensen (Stanford University), Rob McDonald (The Nature Conservancy), Phil Stevens (Urban Creeks Council), Marielle Anzelone (NYC Wildflower Week) and Susannah Drake (dlandstudio llc)
There's a new energy across the United States about recapturing nature in cities, but can these efforts rebuild biodiversity? Leading scientists, authors, and urban conservationists discuss the science behind and promise for today’s urban conservation efforts. The third installment of our four-part series Discourses on Nature and Society.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Ted Nordhaus (Breakthrough Institute), Sanjayan (The Nature Conservancy), Michael Shellenberger (Breakthrough Institute), and Gernot Wagner (Environmental Defense Fund)
How can we build a new U.S. conservation and environmental movement to meet the challenges of the new century...or is the desire to mainstream environmentalism just a symptom of the problem? The second installment of our four-part series Discourses on Nature and Society.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Chris Garvin (Terrapin Bright Green), Cliff Majersik (Institute for Market Transformation), and Chris Pyke (USGBC)
There is an increasing focus on policy, standards, and interoperability of building data. Without the proper tools, the virtual tsunami of building data can overwhelm potential users. This event draws out the market transformation opportunities.
Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Dennis Meadows (Author) and Thomas Graedel (Yale University)
Join us as we explore an updated view of the 1972 hit book The Limits to Growth, with thoughts by an original author and a world renowned industrial ecologist.
Thursday, January 12, 2012 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Moderator: David Roberts (Grist.org)
Speakers: Stewart Brand (Long Now Foundation), Joe Fargione (The Nature Conservancy), Jesse Jenkins (Breakthrough Institute), Arne Jungjohann (Heinrich Boell Institute) and Jeff Opperman (The Nature Conservancy)
How can Earth possibly meet its growing energy demands without destroying the environment? Experts on wind, nuclear, hydropower and other energy forms debate the most promising paths forward. The first installment of our four-part series Discourses on Nature and Society.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Moderator: David Biello (Scientific American)
Speakers: Mei Shibata (ThinkEco), Colin Smart (Con Edison) and Allen Freifeld (Viridity Energy)
Join the Academy for a panel exploring the emergence and growth of New York City's clean tech industry by way of case studies on its green building advances and locally sourced efficiency technologies.
Monday, August 1, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Keynote Speakers: Robert E. Curry, Jr. (NYS Public Service Commission), Karina Edmonds (U.S. Department of Energy), Pradeep Haldar (Energy & Environmental Technology Applications Center - E2TAC), The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - CNSE), Daniel Zaweski (Long Island Power Authority)
Keynote speakers will discuss challenges in new energy technologies. Entrepreneurs in emerging cleantech start-up companies will pitch their business plans to a panel of financial industry experts.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: David Rind (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies), Steve Rose (Electric Power Research Institute), and Lauren Chambliss (Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station)
This special event will explore the topic of climate change from diverse disciplinary perspectives.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Victoria Anstead (Tactical Aesthetics), Hywel Davies (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), Chris Garvin (Terrapin Bright Green) and David Hsu (University of Pennsylvania)
This discussion will revolve around the opportunities and challenges of communicating energy-related issues, changing behavior ;and monitoring and measuring efficiency gains.
Thursday, April 7, 2011 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Nada Anid (New York Institute of Technology), David Demme (SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, LLC), Mark Paisley (Taylor Biomass Energy, LLC) and Nickolas J. Themelis (Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University)
Waste-to-energy technologies are an emerging solution to solid waste disposal. Considering that most municipal solid waste (MSW) is destined for the land fill, does waste-to-energy offer a more sustainable option?
This event is sold out.
Thursday, March 24, 2011 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Wes Frye (Cisco Systems), Charlotte Matthews (Related), and Nicholas You (WBCSD Urban Infrastructure Initiative)
In order realize the full urban potential for deep energy reductions, we need to look at networks of buildings in the urban landscape, as opposed to a collection of individual buildings. This seminar will help us begin to think in these terms.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Organizers: Chris Garvin (Terrapin Bright Green) and Catherine Pfeiffenberger (Skanska)
This event will present projects that are achieving new levels of sustainability in a challenging marketplace and provide expert insights into metrics, best practices, trends, and prospects in the low energy/net zero energy building realm.
Thursday, May 6, 2010 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Gregory Characklis(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Michael Hanemann (University of California, Berkeley), and Upmanu Lall (Columbia Water Center)
The focus of this panel discussion is the importance of economic optimization of water usage in the present and in the future to establish long-term sustainability of water resources.
Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Stefan Plesser (Technical University Braunschweig), Brian Schwagerl (Hearst Corporation), and Don Winston (Durst Organization)
The third event in the series "Green Building Solutions: What's Working?", this panel will feature experts on evaluating building performance.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Organizers: Dickson Despommier (Columbia University), Stephen S. Morse (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health) and Gavin Schmidt (NASA)
Climate change has led to higher rates of emerging infectious diseases worldwide, reemergence of diseases previously under control, and redistribution of diseases across the planet. This symposium examines these complex relationships.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Lorey Flick (ADS Engineers) and Strachen Forgan (Sasaki Associates)
The second event in this year's green buildings series will highlight two examples of innovative designs resulting in cost-effective energy efficient solutions.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Organizer: Ernest Tollerson (MTA)
Panelists: Thomas Abdallah (New York City Transit), John Rhyner (P.W. Grosser Consulting)
The MTA pumps 8-13 million gallons of groundwater daily to keep subway tunnels dry. Currently, the water is treated as a liability and is routed into the city sewers. This panel discussion will explore possible beneficial uses of this groundwater.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Eric W. Sanderson, PhD (Wildlife Conservation Society) and Charles C. Mann
Hear these authors speak on the ecology and landscape of New York City prior to European settlement. Discussion of the human and environmental history of our region, which informs the sustainable use of local resources, will follow.
Thursday, October 15, 2009 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Gregory Provan (University of Cork), Kurt Roth (Fraunhofer Center for for Sustainable Energy Systems), Stephen Samouhos (MIT), and Jane Snowdon (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center)
Advances toward low-energy buildings depend on advances in building system controls. This meeting will highlight case studies demonstrating state-of-the art technologies in building controls systems and performance data collection and analysis.
Thursday, June 4, 2009 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Scott Muldavin (The Muldavin Company) and Ron Dembo (Zerofootprint Inc.)
This meeting is the final discussion in a four-part series focused on achieving zero net energy in buildings. This panel will address the financial incentives for developers to invest in the energy-generating and efficiency features of zero net energy buildings and the valuation of the buildings.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: William Sisson (United Technologies) and Guy Battle (Dcarbon8)
This meeting is the third of a four-part series focused on achieving zero net energy in buildings. At this meeting we hear about the recommendations from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development report on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Nancy Anderson (Sallan Foundation), Chris Benedict (Architect, Scott Frank, Partner at Jaros, Baum and Bolles), and Adrian Tuluca (Principal at Viridian Energy)
The all-glass high-rise tower has become virtually an icon of contemporary urban architecture, but critics from a sustainability perspective have raised concerns about the energy performance of such buildings. Panelists, featuring architects and engineers, will address the energy challenge of glass buildings.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Speakers: Roger Frechette (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP), Luke McKneally (Solar Design Associates, Inc.), Edward H. Brzezowski (Noveda Technologies)
This is the second of a four-part series focused on achieving zero net energy in buildings. Renewable energy technologies, global best practices, and how to retrofit existing buildings are just a few of the topics to be covered this year. We will see examples of completed projects that strove for zero net energy.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This meeting is the first of a four-part series focused on achieving zero net energy in buildings. The first meeting will take a critical look at the definitions of zero net energy buildings and the metrics used to evaluate them.
Thursday, May 29, 2008 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences' Green Building initiative turns its attention to an investigation of the policy imperatives that will drive a new era of sustainable design. Two short lectures will set the stage for a panel discussion in which leading architects, engineers, policy-makers, and others, share views and perspectives upon the critical question - What role is government playing in catalyzing success in our efforts to achieve urban sustainability?
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
While there has been a tremendous focus on green new construction, the vast majority of our building stock has already been built. Greening existing buildings, and increasing their energy efficiency, provides unique challenges and opportunities.
Thursday, January 31, 2008 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This meeting will specifically continue the discourse started during the innaugural meeting held this past fall on how best to measure that progress is being made in green buildings. The talks will include a strong focus on energy efficiency.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Exercising its unique position as a neutral third party, the Academy has gathered key players in in the area of green buildings and sustainable design to address energy and measurement issues with respect to sustainable design, including a survey of best practices nationally and internationally.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The World's Tallest Building series discusses the scientific and engineering challenges confronted by the construction of the world's tallest building, The Burj Dubai.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The Worlds Tallest Building series discusses the scientific and engineering challenges confronted by the construction of the world's tallest building, The Burj Dubai.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
The first event in the World's Tallest Building series, a collaboration between the Skyscraper Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences, will focus on the scientific and engineering challenges confronted by the construction of the world's tallest building, The Burj Dubai.
CUNY Building Performance Lab
Cook + Fox Architects, LLP
Beth Heider, AIA LEED AP
Skanska USA Building Inc.
New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
The New York Academy of Sciences
Leigh Stringer, LEED AP
The New York Academy of Sciences
The Skyscraper Museum
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