|Sarah Bloomquist, Gregory Thomas, Ryan Hughes, Jennifer Urrutia (P.Berns)|
I had the honor of attending the BuildingEnergy NYC 2016 Conference in early November as a scholarship recipient from GreenHomeNYC, along with fellow recipients Jennifer Urrutia, Gregory Thomas and Ryan Hughes. The conference deepened my understanding of the latest building energy issues especially as they pertain to how NYC will work to achieve its 80x50 goal set forth in Mayor De Blasio's OneNYC sustainability plan. Resiliency was a common theme throughout the sessions, highlighted by recent NYCHA addition, Joy Sinderbrand, and her discussion of how her agency is working towards preparing their inhabitants and the buildings they occupy so that they are better prepared for negative environmental impacts from global warming and storm surges. The conference is a great place to meet with leaders in the field from established environmental consultancy firms, to startup energy hardware firms, as well as companies experimenting with novels ways to use technology to alleviate the burden our buildings place on the world. I highly recommend attending the next conference in 2017!