Photos and Resources from the Legally Green Event

Legally Green

Getting Legally Greener | Panel One: The Road to Compliance | Panel Two: Beyond Compliance | Panelist Presentations for Download

Getting Legally Greener

Building operations produce 79% of New York City's carbon footprint and the time has come for that to change. Anticipating passage of New York City's greener, greater building legislation, Legally Green, a Sustainability Shoptalk event, assembled a team of energy efficiency all-stars.

At this conference, speakers looked down the road toward complying with the new laws and then beyond compliance to achieving an energy efficient competitive edge. Legally Green was co-sponsored by the Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, CUNY and the Sallan Foundation. Since Legally Green was a standing room-only morning, it's clear that the topic and the timing were just right.

Jack Nyman, Director of the Newman Real Estate Institute started the morning by spelling out what's at stake for all New Yorkers.

Rohit Aggarwala, Director of the Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability led off with on overview of the City's legislation and insight into the politics of getting to 'yes'.

Panel One: The Road to Compliance

Turning to leading public and private sector experts the focus shifted to the practical side of making green a reality.

The first speaker, Ariella Rosenberg Maron, from the Department of Citywide Administrative Services laid out how City government is leading by example to make its building portfolio energy efficient. The second speaker, Michael Bobker, Director of the CUNY Building Performance Lab, clarified what to expect from energy performance benchmarking and the third presenter, Adam Hinge, a consulting energy engineer made a compelling case for both the need and the challenge of monitoring and measuring building energy performance. The fourth panelist, Bruce S. Schlein, the Citigroup Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, detailed a financial sector perspective on calculating the value of energy improvements and how to pay for them.

The first panel was moderated by Kenneth M. Block, Esq., Partner of Tannenbaum Halpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Panel Two: Beyond Compliance

Turning to issues beyond compliance, Alice Cook from Time Equities shed light on the experience of an owner seeking the best way to do an energy upgrade on its property portfolio.

Paul Rode of Johnson Controls provided real numbers from real projects, relaying his engineering experience with 'greening' the iconic Empire State Building and upcoming projects. Theddi Wright Chappell, of Cushman & Wakefield, by using a different set of real numbers, explained the principles of underwriting and valuation and applied them to green, high performance building.

The final presentation, by the Executive Vice President for the Sustainability Profit Group, Mayur Subbarao, Esq. examined financing obstacles to making existing buildings energy efficient and explored emerging finance strategies to solve new challenges.

Sallan's Executive Director, Nancy Anderson moderated the second panel.

Resources: Panel (1) The Road to Compliance

Kenneth M. Block, Esq., Partner, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
Download NYC's Greener Greater Building Plan Becomes Law

Ariella Maron, Deputy Commissioner of Energy Management, NYC DCAS
Download City Of New York: Leading By Example

Michael Bobker, Building Performance Lab, CUNY Institute for Urban Systems
Download How to Benchmark

Adam Hinge, Managing Director, Sustainable Energy Partnerships
Download Building Energy Performance Measuement & Metrics

Bruce S. Schlein, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Citigroup
Download Financing Energy Efficiency

Resources: Panel (2) Beyond Compliance

Theddi Wright Chappell, Managing Director, Sustainability Practice Valuation Services
Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Download The Green Value Trifecta

Paul Rode, Business Development Director, Johnson Controls Inc.
Download Industry Needs

Mayur V. Subbarao, Esq., Executive Vice President, Sustainability Profit Group
Download Financing Strategies for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings