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Author Talk: A Country Of Cities

24 April

Vishaan Chakrabarti will discuss his recently released book, A Country of Cities, which argues that well-designed cities are the key to solving America's great national challenges: environmental degradation, unsustainable consumption, economic stagnation, rising public health costs and decreased social mobility. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion with the author about cities, suburbs, and exurbs, and how they developed across the 50 states and their roles in prosperity and globalization, sustainability and resilience, and health and joy.

Sponsor: Urban Green Council

Author/Speaker: Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principle - SHoP Architects and SHoP construction. He is also the Director of the Center for Urban Real Estate - Columbia University.

Moderator: Thomas Lewis, Associate - Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Date: Thursday, April 24, 6-6:30 pm registration & reception, 6:30- 8:00pm presentation & discussion

Location: The Mohawk Group, 71 West 23rd Street, 18th Floor

RSVP: Urban Green Council

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NYC Green Festival

27 April

New York City Green Festival launches its third year where there is something for everyone interested in living a more sustainable and healthier life. Experience products and services to work green, play green and live green – from food, fashion and health, to energy to construction and design. Enjoy vegan and vegetarian cooking demos, educational activities for kids and families, panels featuring inspirational speakers, and live music and entertainment. Shop in our marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses

Date: Wednesday, April 26 - Thursday, April 27

Location: Pier 94! At Green Festival®, NEW VENUE

For More Information: NYC Green Festival

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Greening Seminar: How to Make Lasting Behavior Change

12 May

Have you been educating your community about topics such as recycling, saving energy, composting, or purchasing green products? Are you disappointed that your staff, members, or tenants know what they should be doing, but they're still not doing it?

Community-Based Social Marketing (CBSM) is a results-oriented proven approach that will help you achieve measurable change. CBSM combines insights from psychology and social marketing that will enable you to understand the specific barriers to change in your organization and community and develop strategies to overcome them.

In this workshop, you will learn the five steps in CBSM and begin to create your own campaign to foster sustainable behavior. This workshop will not only focus on behavior change for environmental sustainability, but the principles can be applied to changing other kinds of behaviors as well.

Sponsors: UJA Federation of NY & The Jewish Greening Fellowship of Hazon

Date: Monday, May 12, 9:00AM–12:00PM
A light breakfast will be served 9:00 – 9:30 and the program begins promptly at 9:30

Location: The Wiener Educational Center of UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street

RSVP: UJA Federation of NY. Workshop is free, but you must register.

Click here for online registration.

For more information:
email Fern Maraminsky or call (212) 836-1624
email June Fortess or call (212) 836-1603

Instructor: Michelle Vigen is the public affairs manager for Loudoun County in the Virginia/D.C. Metro area, where she draws on her program management expertise to coordinate the development of constituent engagement platforms including a county mobile app. In addition, Michelle provides counsel for organizations developing community-based social marketing programs that target measurable energy efficiency and sustainability outcomes. Prior to her work with Loudoun County, Michelle was a research analyst for the Behavior and Human Dimensions Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington, D.C.

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NY14 Passive House Conference & Expo, Building Big: Going Massive

17 June

Get the latest on PH apartment buildings, offices, schools and shops from around the world. Don't miss the Expo of component and service providers that cater specifically to this market. Professionals, policy makers & the public are welcome!

Presenters: New York Passive House & Passive House Academy

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 8:00am–6:30pm

Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18 Street

RSVP Online: NY14 PH

Program Topics and Speakers: Student Dormitory Housing: Brian Kavanagh, Kavanagh Tuite Architects; The Energy Puzzle: Passive House, Renewables and a Decarbonized Grid: TBA; Manhattan Multi-Family: Chris Benedict, Chris Benedict R.A.; The Cost Logic of Passive House: Adam Cohen, Passiv Science with panelists Rob Conboy, better Inc., Larry Sprague, Sustainable Energy Funding Program and Andrew Padian, Community Preservation Corporation; City of Passive House: building Brussels for work and play: Sabine Leribaux, Architectes Associes; New York City High-Rise: Lois Arena, Steven Winter Associates; Primary and University School Buildings: Jonathan Hines, Architype; EnerPHit Pecha Kucha: Renovating New York City: Stas Zakrzewski, Zakrzewski + Hyde Architects, Gregory Duncan, Gregory Duncan Architect, Cramer Silkworth, Baukraft Engineering, Ryan Enschede, Ryan Enschede Studio, David White, Right Environments; The Future is Passive: Big Buildings from Austria to China and Beyond: Gunter Lang, Lang Consulting, with panelists including Russell Unger, Urban Green Council and moderated by William Menking, Editor-in-Chief, ArchitectsNewspaper.

Sponsors: Platinum: Internorm Windows & Doors & Gold: Zehnder America, European Architectural Supply, Association for Energy Affordability

Event Partners: Passive House Institute; International Passive House Association; North American Passive House Network; The Sallan Foundation; AIA New York; Urban Green Council; & Green Light New York

Media Partners: Architects Newspaper; Passive House Plus

Event Media Contact: Ken Levenson either by phone (917) 837-8487 or email

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Tree Care Tuesdays 2014

2 September

The goal of Tree Care Tuesdays is to beautify NYC neighborhoods, create community relationships, promote green space, mitigate air pollution, and prevent stormwater runoff. Tree care sessions involve community volunteers, alongside HII crew cleaning-up, aerating and mulching tree beds and planting bulbs in the tree bed soil all while spending quality time with your community and mother nature.

Tree Care Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday from April 22nd 2014- September 2nd 2014. Sessions run from 10am-12pm with one session a month at 5pm-7pm. Human Impacts Institute will provide supplies for tree care. Participants should bring water bottles, sunblock, a hat, and any other personal items. Participants under 18 need to be accompanied by a guardian. And it's FREE

Sponsor: Human Impacts Institute

Date: Begin Tuesday, April 22 and ends Tuesday, September 2

Locations: map of locations: Tree Care Tuesday 2014

RSVP: Space is limited. Registration is recommended for individuals and required for groups by providing your full name, email, phone to or calling (917) 727 9761. Please, specify “Tree Care Tuesday”, the specific DATE, as well as how many people will be attending in your registration.

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