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Green Careers March Recap: Networking Skills Workshop

March 20, 2019

By Carl Hourihan

Image by Louise Lauren


We all know the adage of ‘it’s who you know not what you know’, although this isn’t 100% true all the time, it certainly helps when you’re trying to start a new career! Emily Taubenblatt lead our workshop, helping participants to gain the skills needed to meet and connect with the people you need to know for starting a new career.


Emily helped everyone have a better understanding of elevator pitches, when to use them (particularly events like ours at GreenHomeNYC), and what needs to be in one:

  • Relevant points.
  • What you can do?
  • What you want to do.
  • What you want from the person you’re talking to.


As we all know, companies are dependent on openings and hiring cycles, which don’t always line up with our own schedules. One way to get your foot in the door before the hiring cycle begins is to set up an informal interview, get coffee or lunch with someone from the company, pick their brains, and most importantly listen to what they have to say! Listening is the most important part of any conversation and when job searching this holds especially true. Let them talk and you should ask relevant questions; eventually they will ask you to tell them about yourself, and that’s when you should begin to talk and bring up your intentions.


There are a few rules to follow for any conversation you have while job searching. Give the person you’re talking to your card at some point during the conversation, if you don’t have one yet there are several websites that will make them for you for free. Most importantly, follow up within 24 hours of the conversation. The follow up time is a sliding scale: if it was an informal interview, within 24 hours is fine, if it was a job interview, follow up immediately!


Another useful way to expand your network is with LinkedIn. Be sure to keep your LinkedIn up to date as this can act as an informal online resume. Ensure that your bio is filled out and reflects the type of work you are trying to get into. If you’re unsure of what you want to do, highlight your skills and keep it general. If you’re targeting a job, make your bio reflect what that job is looking for. Your bio is also a good place for your elevator pitch! You should connect with everyone you know through LinkedIn, using other social media as a guide can be helpful with this.

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Monthly Forum: NYC Food Waste – Upcycling and Impact

March 10, 2019

How much food do you think goes to waste each day in NYC? How can we create a more sustainable food ecosystem that addresses the environmental, social, and financial realities of food waste? How can we curb food scraps from landfills, prevent avoidable food spoilage, and get food to those in need?  


Come join us at GreenHomeNYC’s March forum to hear from innovators tackling the most difficult food waste challenges in NYC. Our diverse mix of presenters will provide ideas and insights into how our city is tackling food waste on the public, private, non-profit, academic, and individual level.


Date:      Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time:      6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Venue:    WeWork 12 East 49th St, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10017


Featuring: NYC’s Organics Collection Program | Baldor Specialty Foods | Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture | YourLocal | Rescuing Leftover Cuisine





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Green Careers March: Networking Skills Workshop

March 9, 2019

Join us for a workshop on networking! Learn the tricks of the trade from professionals, and make connections of your own. We will talk about the importance of networking and practice skills.


Workshop Leader: Emily Taubenblatt

Emily is a communications consultant at APCO Worldwide and lead volunteer with GreenHomeNYC. She advises clients in online networking strategies and organizes in-person networking events.


Date: March 12, 2019
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm with networking afterwards
Location: GROHE, 160 Fifth Avenue (Entrance on 21st), Floor 4, New York, NY

Register Here!


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Can NYC’s Energy Use Data Save The Earth?

March 3, 2019

By Warren Berger


On Earth Day 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced One New York City: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC). As part of the plan, Mayor de Blasio committed New York City to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels (80 x 50), with an interim target to reduce emissions 40 percent by 2030 (40 x 30). But meeting those targets requires a good understanding of where the City’s emissions come from. New York City Buildings cause 75% of New York City’s carbon emissions. The residential sector accounts for 37 percent of the City’s total emissions, making it the largest single source of emissions in the City. Collecting energy use data in these buildings is certainly a good place to start, but will that be enough to meet the City’s aggressive goals and address the climate change challenge in time?


According to the New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) report, Realizing Measurable Savings in Multifamily Building: Results from NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program:


“It is critical to the growth of the energy efficiency market that we improve the accuracy of savings predictions to decrease the risk involved with investing in efficiency. The first step in doing so is to track and analyze actual savings data to discover changes that practitioners or program administrators can make to improve the accuracy of savings predictions and to discover which factors cannot be changed so that building owners and investors better understand the inherent risks and the likelihood of project success.”


Local Laws Aim to Capture Energy Use Data


New York City’s Local Law 84 of 2009 (LL84) requires annual benchmarking data to be submitted by owners of buildings with more than 50,000 square feet for public disclosure, creating transparency for energy and water usage and informing building owners and tenants on how to make their buildings more efficient. Local Law 133 of 2016 (LL133) expands the list of buildings required to benchmark to include mid-size buildings from 25,000 to 50,000 square feet.


Local Law 87 of 2009 (LL87) requires covered buildings spanning 50,000 square feet or more to audit their energy consumption and conduct retro-commissioning of building systems, including the building envelope, boiler, domestic hot water, ventilation and lighting.


Compliance is Complex


What has the data collection process taught us about what it takes to motivate action and effect change in the city’s residential buildings?


For one thing, it’s clear from benchmarking extensions that gaining compliance isn’t a simple matter. Early last year, the City announced a deadline extension for submission of 2017 benchmarking reports for mid-sized buildings to December 31, 2018. In September 2018, the deadline was extended again, this time to February 1, 2019.


In 2018, the New York City Department of Buildings and the NYC Benchmarking Help Center publicized three walk-in help sessions, which took place in May, October and November, for building owners who want more information about compliance. The center also maintains a telephone and e-mail service for owners who want more information, assistance, and answers to questions about the NYC Benchmarking Law.


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