Urban Green Council (UGC) Annual Conference: Modern All Over Again

Urban Green Council (UGC) Annual Conference: Modern All Over Again

31 Aug 2015, Posted by admin0 in Events

Friday, October 2, 2015
12:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Bloomberg LP
731 Lexington Av. 7th Floor, New York, NY
7th Floor Multi-Purpose Room

In post-war New York, large precincts of the city were being rebuilt, often with towering skyscrapers. At the same time, the dawn of the atomic age and nuclear power encouraged the notion that energy would be forever cheap and limitless—which led to millions of square feet of new construction built without an eye toward energy efficiency. After 50 years of wear and tear, the deficiencies of buildings constructed in the 1950’s-60s have only been exacerbated. Large portfolios of commercial offices, public housing developments, and signature complexes (such as the United Nations and Lincoln Center) are in desperate need of renovation and revitalization.

As New York City strives to reduce carbon emissions 80{7330b322b9b7d58bddbbaef66cde22ad1f12db8c79c6d80901517aa2b253a342} by 2050, the problem of what to do with these mid-century buildings looms large. This half-day conference will explore both the historical context that led to building practices of the era, as well as business, design, and energy conservation opportunities for retrofitting and renewing mid–century commercial buildings, public housing, and infrastructure in NYC.


12:00 – 1:00 PM Registration and Lunch
1:00 – 5:30 PM Program (Timeline to be announced)

Laurie Kerr | Director of Policy, Urban Green Council
Thomas Mellins | Independent Curator and Author

Keynote Address: Reinventing the Grid
Audrey Zibelman | Chair, New York State Public Service Commission

Revitalizing Public Housing
Mark Elton | Partner, Sustainable By Design
Raymond A. Ribeiro | Executive Vice President for Capital Projects, New York City Housing Authority

Renewing Midtown
Robert F. Fox, Jr. | Principal, COOKFOX Architects
Markus Schulte | Principal and New York Façade Group Leader, Arup
Glen J. Weiss | Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing, NY Portfolio, Vornado Realty Trust

Refurbishing Mid Century Icons
Michael Adlerstein | Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations
Keith Fitzpatrick | Senior Vice President, Syska Hennessy Group
Dana Robbins Schneider | Managing Director and East Region Director of Energy and Sustainability Services, JLL


Urban Green’s annual conference is open to members only. See membership benefits here.

Find out more and register here.


GBCI: Approved for 3.0 CE Hours
AIA CES: Approved for 3.0 HSW/LU Hours

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