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The Greening of Data Centers

Thursday, Nov 6, 2008

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

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