April Forum: Bronx Green Building

The Green Building Forum is held on the third Wednesday of each month (except December) at 6:30 PM and features presentations by green building practitioners followed by discussion. The events are always free and open to the general public.

Attendance is limited to 40 guests this month, due to the space constraints of the venue. Please RSVP below!

  • When: Wed. April 15 from 6:30 – 8 pm
  • Where: Green Depot (222 Bowery at Prince St.)

The April session of the monthly Green Building Forum will set the
stage for the May tour of the green buildings in the Bronx. Speakers
representing Bronx housing & community development organizations will
talk about where the Bronx was before the recent rebirth, how so much
of the redevelopment of the Bronx came to embrace green building, and
how the current economic environment is expected to affect the future
development of the Bronx.


  • Keith Fairey, Enterprise Community Partners (Moderator)
  • John M. Reilly, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation
  • Peter Magistro, Bronx Pro Real Estate Management
  • Jim Buckley, University Neighborhood Housing Program

Speaker bios and RSVP after the jump!


Keith Fairey is the Acting New York Director and Regional Operating
Officer, Eastern Region for Enterprise Community Partners, a national
nonprofit that provides expertise for affordable housing and
sustainable communities. Keith is responsible for growing Enterprise’s
key Eastern region impact markets, which include Washington, D.C.,
Baltimore, the Gulf Coast, Ohio and New York. Since joining Enterprise
in 2005, he has helped guide Enterprise New York’s Housing and Finance
team through record-breaking years of investment in affordable housing
and led the expansion of Enterprise’s Green Communities initiative
throughout New York State. Previously, he served as chief operating
officer of the Mount Hope Housing Company, Inc. and as the assistant
director of Community Pride, the community-building program of the
Harlem Children Zone. Keith holds a BA in History Education from the
University of Delaware, and received a Master of Public Administration
with a concentration in public finance and financial management from
New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Speakers (Invited)

John M. Reilly has worked on neighborhood and housing issues since
1975, first with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition as
a community organizer and for the last 29 years as the Executive
Director of the Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation in the Bronx. The
Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation was established by local tenant
and neighborhood leaders from their Northwest Bronx community in 1980
to prevent housing deterioration and abandonment. Today the Housing
Corporation provides management and oversight for 95
community-controlled apartment buildings with more than 2700
apartments and conducts housing renovation and new construction. Mr.
Reilly is a graduate of Manhattan College and a lifetime resident of
the Bronx in New York City. He resides in the Bedford Park section
with his wife and has two daughters.

Peter Magistro, the President and Founder of Bronx Pro Real Estate
Management, holds a master’s degree in finance from Fordham
University. Peter began his real estate career in 1972 buying
properties in the Bronx and Long Island while pursuing a career at
Citibank. After attaining the title of Vice President at Citibank,
Peter decided to pursue real estate full time. Peter is also active in
community affairs, sponsoring the education of needy children and
working with homeless prevention agencies. In addition, he is a member
of the 197-A Housing Committee of Bronx Community Board 5, serves on
the Enterprise NY Advisory Board, and is a 7a Administrator.

Jim Buckley is the Executive Director of University Neighborhood
Housing Program (UNHP), a non-profit, Bronx-based community
organization that is the result of a collaboration between Fordham
University and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition.
UNHP’s mission is to create and preserve affordable housing. To
accomplish that goal, UNHP administers several loan funds, provides
technical assistance and training to community and tenant
organizations operating affordable housing, and develops research on
issues affecting affordable housing.

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