Friday, March 30, 2018

Circular Economy Network (CEN) Event: "Atoms & Bits: Tracking Materials and Data In the Circular Economy" 10 April 2018

Circular Economy Network (CEN) co-founders, Tessa Vlaanderen and Sarah Bloomquist, are excited to announce our next event! Join us Tuesday, April 10, 6:30-8:30pm, at Grand Central Tech in Manhattan for the Circular Economy Network's latest event: Atoms & Bits: Tracking Materials and Data In the Circular Economy. We'll hear from three thought leaders about their work in using data and information technology to stimulate a circular economy. Speakers include:
The urgency and opportunity of shifting from a linear take-make- dispose economic model to a circular economy in which value is created utilizing existing and renewable goods and materials is on the rise. This transition comes with a broad range of changes. Changes in culture; in how companies, supply chains, and markets are organized; in how consumer needs are addressed; in how value creation opportunities are identified; and in how people, machines, and goods are interconnected and interact. While these changes can seem daunting, digital tools enable achievable and manageable solutions through:
  • Platform technologies to enable marketplaces, sharing, product-as- a-service
  • Data Analytics to increase supply chain transparancy
  • Track and trace technologies to enable identification and monitoring of goods through the value chain and through their lifetime (sourcing, usage)
  • Big data and AI to identify new potential demand and supply connections in secondary markets, or uncover underlying needs and ways to create value
  • Blockchain to enable data security in digital interactions and transactions, increasing trust
This event, brought to you by the Circular Economy Network(CEN), will dive into a few of these digital solutions and explain how they address the challenges of transitioning from a linear to a circular economy. The speakers will present their vision of a circular economy and the practical implementation of it, after which participants will build on these perspectives in small break out groups.

6.20-6.30 pm -- Arrival
6:30-7:20 pm -- Speaker presentations
7:20-7.40 pm -- Q&A
7.40-8.15 pm -- Creative workshop
8.15-8:30 pm -- Report backs
The CEN aims to convene a multitude of stakeholders to actively engage in discussing solutions to transition towards a more circular, regenerative world. Follow the CEN on Twitter for the latest on our monthly events.

Christopher Cooke
Christopher Cooke is the Director of Technical Development at the Sustainability Consortium where he oversees the creation TSC's tools for sustainability measurement and reporting. Prior to joining The Consortium, Christopher developed an energy sustainability strategy and action plan for the government of Hawaii Island. While with the New York Academy of Sciences, he investigated clean technology policy for New York State. Christopher holds a Master of Environment Science degree from Yale University, where he studied industrial ecology and conducted research in life cycle assessment. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from New York University. @TSC_News
Louisa Durkin
Louisa started her career in public health and the plant science field, where she gained significant experience learning the intricacies of farming, gardening, and permaculture through organizations like the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast and Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory at the New York Botanical Garden. Her interest in blockchain technology began in 2015, moving to New York City and researching blockchain technology and its capacity for exchange in different community types. Louisa is a co-founder of Future Culture a non-profit partnership of community developers, tech entrepreneurs, and social engineers focused on intelligent activism. Our aim is to empower communities through development of fair and cooperative systems. Future Culture has a recognized stance on the implications of blockchain technology for reputation, identity, and international regulation. Members are key speakers at tech forums and conferences, advise in blockchain related security and identity projects, and are deeply involved in local community development programs. @Future__Culture

Grand Central Tech
The Hub@GCT is a one-of-a-kind space purpose-built to support and materially advance the prospects of entrepreneurs and companies seeking to address New York City’s most pressing urban challenges in sectors such as energy, waste, sustainability, transportation, agriculture, and water. Selected companies will benefit from brand new, custom office space provided at well-below-market rates in addition to bespoke programming and resources to serve their needs.
#CircularEconomy #Sustainability #ClosedLoop #Digital #Tech #Technology #Blockchain #Materials #SupplyChain #Lifecycle

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Circular Economy Network (CEN) Event: "Circularity in the Built Environment" 8 Feb 2018

Circular Economy Network (CEN) co-founders, Tessa Vlaanderen and Sarah Bloomquist, are thrilled to announce our next event! Join us Thursday, February 8, 6:30-8:30pm, at Häfele Showroom in Manhattan for the CEN's 2018 kick-off event: "Circularity in the Built Environment." We'll hear from three New York based thought leaders about their work in creating a more circular built environment

  • Catherine Bobenhausen, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Senior Consultant, Colden Corporation. Theme: The Circular Economy and Disclosure – Surprising Lessons from the Field
  • Marc Gee, Principal at GLUCK+. Theme: Modular Building and How a Design-Build Approach Enables Innovation in the Built Environment
  • Tiffany Broyles Yost, Energy, Sustainability & Building Physics Associate at Arup. Theme: Circularity Lab Partnership with Google
The event is open to all experience levels. The speakers will present their vision of a circular economy and the practical implementation of it, after which participants will build on these perspectives in small break out groups.
The CEN was founded in 2017 by Tessa Vlaanderen and Sarah Bloomquist to convene a multitude of stakeholders to actively engage in discussing solutions to transition towards a more circular, regenerative world. Follow the CEN on Twitter for the latest on our monthly events. The CEN aims to convene a multitude of stakeholders to actively engage in discussing solutions to transition towards a more circular, regenerative world. Follow the CEN on Twitter for the latest on our monthly events.
6.20-6.30 pm -- Arrival
6:30-7:20 pm -- Speaker presentations
7:20-8 pm -- Creative workshop
8-8:30 pm -- Report backs and Q&A
CatherineCatherine Bobenhausen, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Senior Consultant, Colden Corporation
Catherine Bobenhausen, Certified Industrial Hygienist and Senior Consultant with the health, safety and environmental firm of Colden Corporation, has delved deeply into the chemical composition of building products. She conducts air monitoring in manufacturing facilities and offices. Catherine consults with architects, sustainability consultants and manufacturers on sustainable design, including LEED, Living Building Challenge and WELL, integrating chemical restrictions, certifications and test protocols, for informed selection of lower impact building products. Through Clean Production Action, Catherine achieved accreditation as an Authorized GreenScreen PractitionerTM for chemical hazard assessments. She has collaborated with Building Product Ecosystems, and serves on the Technical Committee of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, committed to continuous improvement through transparency, openness and innovation in the product supply chain.
MarcMarc Gee, Principal at GLUCK+
Marc Gee is a principal at GLUCK+, an architecture, construction and development firm in New York City. The practice is committed to crafting bold and conceptually unique architecture, with most work constructed by the firm’s unique Architect Led Design Build (ALDB) approach. Consistently recognized through national and international design awards and publications, GLUCK+ has been featured in Architectural Record’s “The New Master Builders,” by The Architect’s Newspaper with “Inside Architecture’s One-Stop Shop” and named by Fast Company in 2014 as one of “The World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Architecture,” ‘for taking control of the entire building process.’ Mr. Gee has been involved in projects as architect and on-site construction manager including the recent award-winning Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, a $26 million public/private initiative in Crotona Park, Bronx, which The New York Times architecture critic, Michael Kimmelman hailed in April 2017 as "one of the city's best new works of public architecture;" The Stack, New York’s first prefabricated steel and concrete modular residential building development, which received a 2015 AIANY/BSA Housing Honor Award; and currently, 150 Rivington, a luxury condominium development in the Lower East Side. He was also on-site construction supervisor for The East Harlem School, which won an AIA Architecture Honor Award in 2010, and received a Citation of Excellence from BusinessWeek/Architectural Record’s ‘Good Design is Good Business’ Award in 2009. Mr. Gee earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic University and State University. Website: Twitter & Instagram: @gluck_plus
TiffanyTiffany Broyles Yost, Energy, Sustainability & Building Physics Associate, Arup
Tiffany Broyles Yost is an architect and sustainability specialist with over 15 years of experience working on a diverse range high performance buildings and sustainable master plans. She is an Associate at Arup where she leads sustainable buildings consulting within New York’s Energy and Sustainability group. Her work focuses on sustainable and circular design and looks to create buildings and environments that add to the comfort and wellbeing of their occupants. Tiffany holds a Masters of Architecture in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association in London and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Kentucky.

Häfele America on Social Responsibility: Our stated goal – and an integral part of our philosophy – is to take responsibility, think holistically and act in the best interests of our planet and its inhabitants. On a social level we seek to enhance quality-of-life for our employees, their families and the communities in which they live. Globally, we follow practices that support environmental safety and sustainability. That’s because our responsibility is to future generations as well as the present.

Thanks and see you there!
-Tessa and Sarah, CEN CO-Founders

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Circular Economy Network (CEN) Event: "Designing a Human-Centered Circular Economy" 12 Dec 2017

We're excited to announce the lineup for the next Circular Economy Network (CEN) event on December 12th in Brooklyn! Thanks to those of you who were able to join us for our kick-off event in October at the Danish Cleantech Hub where we heard from four thought leaders in the Circular Economy (CE). We're thrilled to continue the energy and momentum at our next event where we'll hear from three new speakers on "Designing a Human-Centered Circular Economy." As with our first event, we'll hear from each speaker then form breakout groups for small discussion, followed by brief report backs and Q&A with the speakers.

Details below. Register here and we look forward to seeing you soon!

DATE: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

TIME: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

LOCATION: Urban Future Lab, Hosted by the Danish Cleantech Hub, 15 MetroTech Center, 19th fl, Brooklyn, NY 11204

In this December gathering of the Circular Economy Network, three New York based thought leaders will cover three very different perspectives of a circular economy:
  • Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor of Culture and Media at The New School, and author of, among others, Platform Cooperativism: Challenging the Corporate Sharing Economy.Theme: business models for an inclusive sharing economy
  • Mark Prommel, Design Director at Pensa, an industrial design and consultancy firm in NYC. Theme: product design
  • Ranjith Annepu, Co-Founder of Be Waste Wise and Waste Management consultant. Theme: circular economy in developing countries
The event is open to all experience levels. The speakers will present their vision of a circular economy and the practical implementation of it, after which participants will build on these perspectives in small break out groups.
6.20-6.30 pm -- Arrival
6:30-7:20 pm -- Speaker presentations
7:20-7:30 pm -- Convene into small groups
7:30- 8 pm -- Small group discussions
8-8:30 pm -- Convene into full group for report backs and Q&A
Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor of Culture and Media at The New School
Trebor Scholz is a scholar-activist and Associate Professor for Culture & Media at The New School in New York City. His book Uber-Worked and Underpaid. How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy (Polity, 2016) develops an analysis of the challenges posed by digital labor and introduces the concept of platform cooperativism as a way of joining the peer-to-peer and co-op movements with online labor markets while insisting on communal ownership and democratic governance. His next book will focus on the prospects of the cooperative online economy. His edited volumes include Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory (Routledge, 2013), and Ours to Hack and to Own: Platform CooperativismA New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet (eds. with Nathan Schneider, OR Books, 2016). In 2009, Scholz started to convene the influential digital labor conferences at The New School. Today, he frequently presents on the future of work, solidarity, and the Internet to media scholars, cooperativists, lawyers, activists, designers, developers, union leaders, and policymakers worldwide. Scholz is a member of the Barcelona Advisory Council on Technological Sovereignty. His articles and ideas have appeared in The NationThe Chronicle of Higher Education,Le Monde, and The Washington Post.
Trebor Scholz

Mark Prommel, Design Director at Pensa
Mark is a partner and the design director at Pensa where he leads and mentors a diverse group of multi-faceted designers working at the crossroads of design and invention. Throughout his 19+ years in product design, he has followed his passion for shaping the physical products that enhance everyday life. Mark has received numerous design awards including IDEA awards, CLIO, Fast Company Innovation by Design, Core 77 Design Awards, and Good Design Awards. He is also an inventor on dozens of design and utility patents. In addition to his many years of successful client-based work, he has led the design teams on Pensa’s award winning internal efforts such as Street Charge and the Merge Urban Bicycle.

Ranjith Annepu, Co-Founder of Be Waste Wise and International Waste Management Consultant
Ranjith Annepu is a Co-Founder of be Waste Wise and an International Waste Management Consultant. He builds tools, systems, and institutions which can foster and support long-term improvement in well-being on our rapidly changing planet. He holds a Master’s degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He works in South and South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Middle East. He consults for the World Bank Group, and the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University to improve decision making in investments and governance through technology and policy analysis, life cycle analysis, capacity building and knowledge dissemination. He also manages a grant for waste management organizations in India and is the India Coordinator for the Global WTERT Council.
The Danish Cleantech Hub engages with public and private New York stakeholders interested in learning from the Danish experience. They provide a forum for informational exchange on new approaches and solutions within energy efficiency, climate adaptation, and resiliency.


The Circular Economy Network (CEN) is a new collaborative brought to you by circular economy catalysts Sarah Bloomquist and Tessa Vlaanderen. We aim to advance regenerative systems locally and globally through our monthly interactive forums comprised of CE pitches followed by small breakout group discussions. All experience levels welcome and a desire to learn and collaborate is required.
Twitter: @CircEconomyNYC @SBloomquist @TessaVlaanderen

Friday, October 13, 2017

Circular Economy Network (CEN) Kick-Off 26 Oct 2017

We're excited to announce the kick-off event of the new Circular Economy Network (CEN) founded by Tessa Vlaanderen and I. Join us on Thursday, October 26th in Brooklyn to hear what the new Circular Economy Network (CEN) is all about. Registration now open!

So you've heard about the Circular Economy, but what's it all about? Join us for the newly formed Circular Economy Network's (CEN) kick-off event to hear from four thought leaders actively implementing circular principles and solutions:

  • Michael Rinaldi, Sustainability Officer, DLL /// Life Cycle Asset Management (LCAM)
  • Clare Miflin, AIA, LEED AP, CPHD, Architect @ Kiss + Cathcart Architects /// Biomimicry
  • William DaviesPresident Davies Office, Board Chair Remanufacturing Industries Council /// Remanufacturing
  • Conor Riffle, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Rubicon Global /// Waste & Recycling
The event is open to all experience levels. Please come prepared to participate in small breakout groups before we report back to the larger group. The CEN aims to convene a multitude of stakeholders to actively engage in discussing the issues of a linear economy as well as solutions to bring us towards a more circular, regenerative world. Please join us at the Urban Future Lab, hosted by the Danish Cleantech Hub in Brooklyn on Thursday 10/26/17 from 6-8pm to get things rolling! And stay tuned for future programming from the CEN.

5:50-6:10 pm -- Arrival
6:10-6:50 pm -- Speaker presentations
6:50-7 pm -- Convene into small groups
7-7:30 pm -- Small group discussions
7:30-8 pm -- Convene into full group for report backs and Q&A
8-8:30 pm -- Networking

Michael Rinaldi, Sustainability Officer, DLL  
Michael Rinaldi
Michael Rinaldi is the Sustainability Officer at DLL, a global provider of asset-based financial solutions in the Agriculture, Food, Healthcare, Clean Technology, Automotive, Transportation, Construction, Industrial, and Office Technology industries. Michael manages the Sustainability Engagement Initiative to actively generate discussions with DLL's business partners on their current performance and ambitions in the areas of sustainable solutions, societal impact, and responsible business operations. In this role, he identifies and develops opportunities to collaborate with partners to implement new life cycle asset management (LCAM), used equipment financing, and servitization solutions. Michael also passionately leads DLL's Microleasing projects in Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia. When implemented by community banks, microleasing is a tool that expands access to credit, stimulates economic growth, and enables entrepreneurs in emerging markets to acquire low cost assets to start or expand their business. Prior to joining DLL, Michael received his BA degrees in Biology and Economics from the University of Virginia and his Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.

Clare Miflin, AIA, LEED AP, CPHD, Architect @ Kiss + Cathcart Architects
Clare Miflin
Since 2000, Clare Miflin has worked at Kiss + Cathcart, Architects —helping craft their philosophy of “productive” architecture. She considers buildings within the larger systems of which they are part, integrating energy production, vegetation and even agriculture. Clare realizes the importance of rigorous metrics, but knows that inspiration, hope and vision also have a crucial role to play. In developing the AIANY Zero Waste Design Guidelines for NYC, Clare applied biomimicry and learnings from ecosystems to develop a coherent vision and specific solutions that are resilient, comprehensive, and inherently connected to place.

William Davies, President Davies Office, Board Chair Remanufacturing Industries Council
Bill Davies
A nationally recognized leader in green remanufacturing and an expert in sustainable office furniture solutions, Bill has not only made Davies a pioneer and leader in its field, but he also expanded opportunities for organizations industry wide. Under Bill’s direction, Davies has grown to be the nation’s largest office furniture remanufacturer and was the first remanufacturer to earn level® sustainability certification from the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA). Bill was instrumental in creating standards that allow remanufactured furniture to contribute points to the LEED certification process, and he is often called upon to speak at industry events, write for industry publications and represent the industry before the U.S. Trade Commission. Bill is also Board Chairman for The Remanufacturer’s Industry Council, a legacy member of the U.S. Green Building Council and a BIFMA member. When he can spare an hour or two, Bill enjoys fly fishing. He earned a marketing degree from Siena College.

Conor Riffle, Senior Manager of Public Policy, Rubicon Global
Conor Riffle
Conor is currently Senior Manager, Public Policy at Rubicon Global, where he is helping to build RUBICONSmartCity—a technology platform for municipal fleets. Prior to Rubicon Global, Conor served as Director of Cities and Data Product Innovation at CDP, an international environmental non-profit, based in London. Under Conor’s leadership, CDP’s cities program achieved global recognition as the premier platform for city governments to report their climate change data. More than 600 global cities now report annually on their greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental data using CDP’s platform. Prior to his role at CDP, Conor served in various roles at the Clinton Foundation in New York, including Foreign Policy Fellow and as an early employee of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). You can follow Conor on Twitter at @c_riffle.

Danish Cleantech Hub
Danish Cleantech Hub engages with public and private New York stakeholders interested in learning from the Danish experience. They provide a forum for informational exchange on new approaches and solutions within energy efficiency, climate adaptation, and resiliency.

Brooklyn Brewery

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sustainable Food Systems Forum - GreenHomeNYC - April 19, 2017 @ Project Farmhouse

Food waste. Food surplus. Whatever term you use, we throw away a lot of food!  In total, New York City’s waste stream is roughly one-third organic material.

The Food Waste Hierarchy (source)
According to the food hierarchy from the EPA, the highest and best use for food is human consumption and the least preferable option is landfill or incineration. As concerned citizens and active sustainability practitioners, what can we do to improve how food cycles through our city, keeping it at its highest and best use? What’s being done to develop regenerative, closed loop systems consisting of local resources?

Join us at this month's GreenHomeNYC forum I'm planning with fellow GHNYC volunteer and sustainability advocate, Tamanna Virmani. This month's Forum is targeted to those who are interested in the food and organics issues that cities are facing amidst a trend toward zero waste goals and sustainable materials management. Five experts will discuss how they’re designing and implementing more sustainable urban food systems that will help NYC achieve it’s “0x30” goal to send zero waste to landfills by the year 2030.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00pm. Networking 6-6:30pm. Forum begins promptly at 6:30pm.
Place: Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th St, New York, NY 10003

  • Michael Hurwitz - Director, Greenmarket Program, GrowNYC
  • Thomas McQuillan - Director of Food Service Sales and Sustainability, Baldor Specialty Foods
  • Clare Miflin - Associate Principal, Kiss + Cathcart; Leader, AIA Design Guidelines for Zero Waste Advisory Committee
  • Christina Grace - Principal, Foodprint Group; Co-leader, AIA Design Guidelines for Zero Waste Advisory Committee
  • Maya Shenkman - Director of Hotel Services, Great Forest; Member, Hotel Association of NYC Sustainability Committee
After the event we'll be heading to a nearby bar for networking and connecting. Location to be announced at the forum. Please join us!

About Our Speakers...

Michael Hurwitz - Director, Greenmarket Program, GrowNYC
Michael HurwitzMichael Hurwitz is the Director of Greenmarket, a 40 year-old program of GrowNYC that operates 53 producer-only farmers markets throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as the Wholesale Farmers Market located in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. Michael has an MSW from UPenn and a JD from Yeshiva University, NYC. He came to food from a social work perspective, when in 2000 he discovered the power of agriculture through a community garden in Red Hook, Brooklyn. His favorite food policy book is Stolen Harvest and his favorite food is brussel sprouts after the frost has hit them a few times.

Thomas McQuillan - Director of Food Service Sales and Sustainability, Baldor Specialty Foods
Thomas McQuillan
Thomas McQuillan is a transformational executive with 25+ years of successful business leadership experience and a demonstrated skill for turning around underperforming organizations and spearheading acquisition and business integration initiatives. In 2015, Thomas joined Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc. located in the Bronx, New York. Tasked with creating a strategic plan to make Baldor more Sustainable, Thomas spearheaded the SparCs (scraps spelled backwards) initiative to reduce food waste throughout the company. Baldor’s sustainability initiatives are also focused on overall waste reduction throughout the organization and the company has launched a number of initiatives to become more energy efficient, as well.

Clare MiflinAssociate Principal, Kiss + Cathcart; AIA, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Designer; Leader, AIA Design Guidelines for Zero Waste Advisory Committee
Clare Miflin
Clare is an architect at Kiss + Cathcart, Architects -- a firm well known for their philosophy of “productive” architecture in terms of human, environmental and economic benefits. She considers buildings within the larger systems of which they are part, integrating energy production, vegetation and even agriculture. She is currently working on a large mixed use passive house project and design guidelines for architects to aid NYC’s goal of zero waste. She is active in the local green building community, being part of Urban Green Council’s Monthly Programs Committee, NYC Living Building Collaborative, and Sustainability Coordinator for her local food cooperative. Fascinated by natural systems, she is also studying for her Masters in Biomimicry. Kiss + Cathcart, Architects, along with ClosedLoopsFoodprint Group and the AIANY COTE are developing Design Guidelines for Zero Waste. This project, an initiative of the Center for Architecture, is made possible with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, and will include multidisciplinary workshops to develop guidelines to be issued in Fall 2017, followed by a symposium and exhibition at the Center for Architecture in 2018. The guidelines will help building owners / managers, developers and architects modify existing buildings and design new buildings to reduce waste, improve diversion rates and reduce recycling contamination. The Advisory Committee for the effort includes staff from DSNY and other city agencies, architects, developers, building managers, sustainable and recycling consultants, product designers and more.

Christina GracePrincipal, Foodprint Group; Co-leader, AIA Design Guidelines for Zero Waste Advisory Committee
Christina Mitchell Grace
Christina Mitchell Grace is a “farm to food waste” food systems consultant with over 20 years of management experience including 14 years dedicated to developing sustainable and healthy food infrastructure. Christina has participated in regional food systems projects in New York, Oregon, California and Virginia as well as local and national food policy development and advocacy. Prior to launching Foodprint Group, Christina managed the Urban Food Systems Program for the New York State Department of agriculture. Christina helped institutionalize local food procurement in New York City. She was responsible for promoting New York State farm products to the metro-NYC marketplace, managing the state’s Farm to School program, and launching its Community Gardens and Urban farms program. Before entering the food and agriculture sector, she was a marketing executive for First Call, a Thomson Reuters Company and AMR Research (now Gartner Group). She works and lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is raising her two daughters to cook and eat healthy delicious food. 

Maya Shenkman Director of Hotel Services, Great Forest; Member, Hotel Association of NYC Sustainability Committee
Maya Shenkman
Maya Shenkman is the Director of Hotel Services at Great Forest (a NYC based sustainability consulting firm), and a graduate of  The New School NYC. Sincer 1992, Maya has worked on promoting numerous environmental initiatives in New York. She joined Great Forest in 1995 and in her role as Director, Maya is responsible for overseeing all aspects of sustainability, waste management and recycling compliance for hotel clients. In addition, Maya has assisted Pure Earth, the nonprofit that Great Forest helped to establish and continues to support, through coordination and administration of various projects in Eastern Europe.

About Our Venue...

Project FarmhouseProject Farmhouse is a state-of-the-art sustainability center and event space that allows New Yorkers to explore environmental issues through the lens of food, horticulture, the arts, and more.     Operated by GrowNYC and steps from their iconic Union Square Greenmarket, Project Farmhouse hosts workshops, galas, speakers, community meetings and interactive exhibits. 
About Our Sponsor....

Toast AleToast Ale is brewed with fresh, surplus bread that would otherwise be wasted. All profits go to the charity Feedback to support the fight against food waste, making Toast the best thing since… well, you know. So by enjoying Toast, not only are you rescuing bread but you’re helping to make our food system work for people and the planet.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BuildingEnergy NYC 2016 conference

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!