Photos and Video from AJC Event

Building a Greener Gotham: Now's the Time

This Code Green event was held at the storefront Center for Architecture on La Guardia Place September 22, 2008, co-sponsored by the Sallan Foundation and The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE).

Backstory
In overhauling its Building Code for the first time in nearly four decades New York City not only achieved a major milestone in 2007, it created a sturdy platform and mechanism for future improvements in the Code.

As stated in its groundbreaking proposal, PlaNYC 2030, the City aims to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions 30% from 2005 levels by the year 2030. Carbon dioxide dominates them, and nearly 80% of carbon emissions are related to our building stock.

In July 2008, at the Mayor's request, the New York chapter of USGBC launched a Green Codes Task Force. By December, it will review local laws in order to identify obstacles to green building and articulate a menu of recommendations to encourage greener, high performance practices in the marketplace.

Panelists
Michael Bobker, Project Director, CUNY Building Performance Lab, CUNY Institute for Urban Systems and author of Decoding the Code. Download Michael's PowerPoint Presentation.

Chris Garvin, Architect, Cook + Fox, A Member of the Mayor's Sustainability Advisory Board and Green Codes Task Force

Thomas Congdon, Assistant Secretary for Energy in Governor Paterson's office. From 2000–2007 he served as a policy analyst in the New York State Attorney General's Environmental Protection Bureau. Download Tom's PowerPoint Presentation.

Respondent
Charles M. Griffith, Polshek Partnership Architects, Co-Chair COTE