Overcoming Barriers to Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

Date: 5/20/2009
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 715 Broadway, 1st Floor, The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts (enter on Washington Place @ 1 Washington Place)

The First Annual Patty Noonan Memorial Policy Roundtable:
Presented by GreenHomeNYC in cooperation with NYU Wagner

The emergence of the green initiatives at the City, State and Federal level has brought advocates of all types together to ask the same question: Can't we just make our buildings more efficient now? The answer is "yes", but the combination of available programs, financing, and misleading information in some quarters makes the process difficult at best. Listen to some of our areas true believers, and discover that the programs and policies are in place, and that with determination, most buildings can reduce their carbon footprint substantially.

Introduction: Jerry Salama, Adjunct Professor, NYU Wagner & NYU School of Law

Moderator: Ariella Rosenberg-Maron. Deputy Commissioner, NYC Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services

Les Bluestone - Principal, Blue Sea Construction
Ashok Gupta - Air and Energy Program Director, NRDC
Kathryn Wylde - President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City
F.L. Andrew Padian, VP for Energy Initiatives, The Community Preservation Corporation

Patty Noonan Memorial Policy Roundtable is organized by GreenHomeNYC (http://greenhomenyc.org) in cooperation with NYU Wagner as an annual event honoring the memory of Patty Noonan, who was an early advocate of sustainable affordable housing, a friend to many in the green building field, and a supporter of GreenHomeNYC. Patty participated actively both in financing sustainable affordable housing and in shaping the policy environment in New York. At the time of her passing, Patty served as Senior Vice President of Policy & Economic Development at the New York City Investment Fund, the director of the research & policy department at the Partnership for New York City, and represented the partnership on the Mayor’s Energy Policy Task Force. Previously, she directed the Partnership's High Performance “Green” Building program, which produced the first affordable ENERGY STAR homes in New York State. Patty earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from NYU Wagner and was a member of the 2000-2001 Coro Foundation's "Leadership New York" class, a yearlong program designed to develop the next generation of city leaders from among the public, private and non-profit sectors.

GreenHomeNYC Board of Directors:
Aaron Yowell, Andy Padian, Ariella Maron, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Gita Nandan, and Bomee Jung

About GreenHomeNYC: Since 2002, GreenHomeNYC has been connecting NYC residents with local experts and actionable information to help them improve the energy and environmental performance of their homes and buildings. GreenHomeNYC uses a peer-learning model that brings together interested volunteers to organize our programs, and to learn and teach others about green building in New York City. Read about our programs at http://greenhomenyc.org/about-us/what-we-do

About the GreenHomeNYC Monthly Green Building Forum:
2009 will be GreenHomeNYC's seventh year of organizing the Monthly Green Building Forum. 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.

Our audience is an engaged and interactive crowd, ranging from 40 to sometimes more than 100 people. Guests tend to represent architects, landscape architects, and interior designers; members of the building-industry and related fields, as well as folks who work in city agencies and non-profits related to development; not to mention people interested in green building, but not active in the building/design industry -- students, professionals looking for a career change, co-op or condo board members / residents, and just plain folks.