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December 31, 2005

Fourth in a series of four panels that looked at New York City's high performance buildings.

The December 6, 2005 panel brought together key environmental, architectural, public and economic development policy makers, the "practical visionaries" who are transforming the City's built environment.

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November 06, 2008
The Greening of Data Centers

U.S. data centers produce more greenhouse gases than Argentina and the Netherlands combined, according to a McKinsey study. Recognizing the tremendous energy consumption of these data centers, architects, CTOs, power company executives, and regional leaders are now partnering to create more energy efficient data facilities.

Wall Street West will host a roundtable discussion that will explore the newest trends in improving data center energy efficiency. The panelists will examine how practitioners can take advantage of innovative design concepts as well as regional resources and economic incentives to maximize return while minimizing costs.

Wall Street West, based in northeastern Pennsylvania, is a federal- and state-funded initiative to develop a total back-up solution for key industries in New York City including financial services, hospitals and health care firms in the event of a disaster.

Please join the discussion which will give a candid look at challenges faced in quantifying energy efficiency, searching for the ideal location, and keeping track of new initiatives, such as Energy Star’s data center collection program, in determining measurement of the energy performance of data facilities.

Sponsor: AIA COTE

Rick Bell, Executive Director, AIANY

Pat Sapinsley, Good Energies, LEED AP, AIA Good Energies is a leading global investor in renewable energy and the energy efficiency industry, focusing on wind and solar, as well as green building and energy efficiency strategies. Pat Sapinsley was the principal of Sapinsley Architecture, which she started in 1982. She has taught at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, the Pratt Institute, the Parsons School of Design, the City University of New York and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.

Pat holds a BA from Hampshire College and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Jay Liese, AIA: Principal, Corgan Associates Architects Jay Liese serves as principal-in-charge of the New York Office of Corgan Associates Architects PC, a nationally-recognized industry leader in the planning and design of critical facilities, including enterprise data centers. Jay is a licensed architect with twenty-five years of experience. He has completed a wide range of critical facility projects for major telecommunications companies, data carriers, major financial institutions and third-party facility developers and operators.

Brian Schafer: Director of Business Development, Highland Associates, and, President, 7x24 Exchange Metro NY Chapter Brian Schafer is director of business development at Highland Associates, a diversified architectural/engineering firm with a specialization in designing mission critical facilities, where he is responsible for new business development, client relations, project management, and overall marketing and sales. In addition, he is currently the president of the 7x24 Exchange Metro NY Chapter, and has been active in the real estate, design and construction industry for nearly 20 years, specifically in the mission critical industry for more than 10 years.

Jim Ryan, Director of Outreach, Wall Street West Jim Ryan is the director of outreach for Wall Street West, where he is responsible for informing business leaders in New York's financial and healthcare communities of the advantages of developing back-up operations in Northeast Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is responsible for overseeing the construction and deployment of the fiber optic network that will provide the necessary infrastructure for financial firms to locate back-up operations outside of lower Manhattan. Jim has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries.

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2008, 6:00–8:00pm

Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place (Directions)

RSVP: NY-AIA Member Price-Free, Nonmember Price-$20
AIA New York Chapter
CES LUs: 1.5, CES HSW: 1.5

November 13, 2008
Breaking the Green Ceiling: Affordable Housing Meets Environmentalism

The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation presents a breakfast and panel discussion on green building and affordable housing. Learn more about locating affordable, well-designed green products, greening landscapes, streetscapes and roofscapes, and creating jobs in the green building industry.

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 8:30 - 10:30 am

Location: CUNY Graduate Center Skylight Room, 365 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

RSVP: For more info: 718-839-1179 or WHEDCO

Pulling Off A Successful Inside Job

Don't miss this free, half-day event. Hear from leading practitioners who have on-the-ground experience with sustainable interior projects in NYC. Learn how an integrated approach to creating sustainable interiors can cut costs – at a time when savings matter more than ever.

Sustainable design (including LEED) requires an integrated approach – architect, engineer, and construction firms working together from the beginning. This promotes the most efficient use of resources and drives costs down.

Bring your questions for our A-team of panelists, including representatives of AKF Engineers, Arup, FX Fowle, Mancini Duffy, Time Equities, Structure Tone, and Studios Architecture – or submit questions in advance using the on-line registration form below. There are few questions they haven’t confronted, and questions they can’t answer can point toward future workshops and research projects.

Sponsor: The Newman Real Estate Institute

Date: November 13, 2008, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Location: The William and Anita Newman Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street, Rm. 750

Register: Newman Real Estate Institute. For more information contact (646) 660-6950

November 18, 2008
Market Transformation and Sustainability

The leading barrier to sustainability is market failure. When proper prices are not attached to shared natural resources, these can be treated as free inputs for production or unrestrained consumption-a classic case of tragedy of the commons. When the resources are clean air and access to water, the effects can be felt on a global scale, requiring innovative approaches that go beyond national regulations. The Kyoto Protocol, ratified by more than 170 countries (one notable exception being the United States), highlights the necessity of market transformation by promoting market mechanisms, such as carbon trading, to reduce green house gasses worldwide. For non-compliant factories, is zero-tolerance the best answer, or is cooperative remediation better? What role can long-term partnerships play in solving supply-chain issues, or preventing them before they happen? The panel will consider whether, overall, corporations have truly created sustainable improvements in their supply chains.

Sponsor: Sustainability Practice Network

Date: Tuesday, November 18th, 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Smith Barney 345 Park Avenue New York NY

Michael Gresty, President, Kinetix. He is A respected sustainability strategist and innovation process expert, Michael is President and principal of Kinetix. He oversees all client engagements and leads the development of project deliverables. Michael has extensive experience working with clients such as Chubb, Praxair, Schering-Plough, Gillette, PPG, Herman Miller, The World Bank, Douglaston Development and the California Academy of Sciences.

William McInerney, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. His practice involves advising lenders in
all aspects of construction and permanent financings, and he has a particular expertise in the sale of performing and nonperforming commercial mortgage and mezzanine loans in the secondary market. Mr. McInerney often counsels clients in restructuring problem loans and on servicing issues that arise in securitized debt.

Jonathan Diorio is a vice president and product specialist for the DWS Climate Change Fund at Deutsche Bank. He joined the firm in 2002 and is based in New York. Jon was previously head of DWS’s closed-end business before moving into his product specialist role. Mr Diorio received his BA from Loyola College and holds his NASD Series 24, 6, 63 and 7 licenses.

RSVP: For more information visit our website SPN

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