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Greening of the College Campus, NYC

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008

Colleges and universities are taking the lead among institutional real estate owners to green their properties by retrofitting old buildings, building new, greener buildings and planning for sustainable growth. Many have also taken on the educational mission of weaving sustainability throughout their curriculum. PLANYC has been involved in a challenge to the colleges and universities of NYC to reduce carbon emissions and become more sustainable. Join us to find out about the initiatives in place at Pratt and Columbia and at other colleges.

Sponsor: AIA COTE

Pat Sapinsley, AIA, LEED AP, Good Energies

Nilda Mesa, Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship, Columbia University . Nilda’s work includes incorporating green building standards into construction and operations, working with green roofs, establishing a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, a surplus reuse program that keeps furniture and equipment out of landfills, as well as organizing recycling and energy competitions and initiatives, and developing energy-saving strategies to reduce carbon emissions. The department was established in the fall of 1996. Prior to joining Columbia, Nilda held various positions in the Clinton/Gore Administration, working with the EPA and the White House Council for Environmental Quality. She was Assistant Deputy for the Environment at the US Air Force and worked in the California Attorney General’s office doing Environmental Law. She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and is a practicing artist.

Debera Johnson, Academic Director of Sustainability at Pratt Institute where she is also the Director of the Design Incubator for Sustainable/Social Innovation. She served as Chairperson of the Industrial Design department from 1998 through 2005 and remains on the ID Faculty and as chair of the New York City chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Debera has recently founded the non-profit “Design in Kind” a collaborative network of designs who work with people doing world changing projects in heath care, education and the environment. She graduated from Pratt with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design in 1986.

Melissa Wright, Policy Advisor on Energy and Special Projects NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, PlaNYC 2030. Melissa Wright is a Policy Advisor on Energy and Special Projects with the New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. Melissa’s portfolio includes the development of citywide sustainability metrics, management of the Mayoral Challenge to local universities and other institutions in reducing their carbon emissions, expansion of lighting training resources, and other energy and broad sustainability initiatives. Before joining the Bloomberg Administration, Melissa worked for a regional urban planning and land conservation organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Melissa is a graduate of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and Oberlin College.

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2008, 6:00–8:00pm

Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place (north of Bleecker Street)

RSVP: AIA-NY Member Price-Free, Nonmember Price-$20

AIA New York Chapter CES LUs: 1.5, CES HSW: 1.5

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