February Monthly Forum: Green Building 101

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.

This month’s topic: “Green Building 101“. Rather than do a high fly-over of intro of green building, we’ve picked a couple key topics relevant for NYC (energy and water) and asked three professionals who have engaged the issue at length and intimately to give us their version of the “Green Building 101” — essentially a short primer of things that he/she would like everyone to know about the topic — including: importance, common misconceptions, best practices, and reflection on what it would take to move toward fast and ubiquitous adoption of best practices.

  • When: Wednesday, February 18 from 6:30-8PM
  • Where: Häfele Showroom (25 East 26th Street @ Madison Ave)

Speaker bios and RSVP after the jump!


Building Energy
Tom Sahagian is the Director of the Energy Division at Power Concepts, an MEP consulting engineering firm based in New York City. He has more than 25 years of experience in institutional, commercial, industrial and residential energy efficiency. Tom is conversant with virtually every energy-efficiency technology, including solar and wind. He prefers spending time in a boiler room or an electrical closet rather than his office.

Water + Stormwater
Landscape Architect Laura Starr is an expert in the planning and design of urban parks. Her practice began with a twelve-year tenure at the Central Park Conservancy, where she served as Chief of Design and shepherded collaboration among multiple clients and stakeholders to implement a series of award winning designs. With Stephen Whitehouse, she formed Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners in 2006. The lower-Manhattan based firm specializes in public and institutional planning and landscape architecture. Recent projects include Bronx River House (with Kiss+Cathcart), a recipient of a 2007 Design Award by the NYC Design Commission; The Hudson Rise project (with Zakrzewsky + Hyde Architects); and Public Place (with Rogers Marvel).

Timothy Terway is an environmental planner and urban designer at EDAW in New York, where he is constantly pushing for a better understanding of the differences between reducing unsustainability and sustainability. Prior to joining EDAW, he worked on large scale urban design plans and sustainability reports in China, Brazil, Italy, the Bahamas, and various cities in the U.S. He is interested in urban information systems that facilitate the collection of citizen-generated urban environmental data to better inform decision-making and ultimately inspire behavioral change. Tim received a Master in City Planning from MIT.


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