The 2016 Urban Green Conference

Continuing Education Credits

Approved for 4 CE Hours
Approved for 4 Hours LU/HSW Hours
Event Prices: 
Free Admission
Free for Urban Green members


Read the conference recap on our blog, Points of View.

To be truly sustainable, the office of the future needs to expand the definition of sustainability to include environmental measures that improve occupant comfort and productivity. Our 2016 conference will examine strategies for building owners, tenants and municipalities to make improvements that lower energy use and have bottom-line impact. 

Lecture & Panels

The Sustainable Office: What’s New In Form and Function

Featuring: Rafael Pelli (Pelli Clarke Pelli)Adrian Tuluca (Vidaris)
Beauty and efficiency don’t always go hand-in-hand. From floor-to-ceiling windows that are desirable to many but tough to insulate, to power-hungry server rooms that are a growing necessity—it’s clear that designers, architects, and engineers will have to work harder to make our most beautiful spaces also our most sustainable. Join us for a thoughtful conversation of what it means to cut energy by 50%, and strategies on how to do it.

Photo from our 2015 Conference

Pulling Together: 2050’s Owners, Tenants, and Facility Managers

Featuring: Daniel Egan (Vornado)Jonathan Flaherty (Tishman Speyer), Emily Kildow (Taconic), Dana Schneider (JLL)
The City’s 80 X 50 plan calls upon commercial building owners to dramatically reduce energy consumption, but how much control do owners have when tenants drive energy use? Collaboration, innovation, and communication are key to achieving significant energy reductions in a commercial space.

Join us for a discussion on the cultural and organizational challenges that owners, tenants and facility managers must work together to overcome to uncover deep energy reductions in the office of the future.

Photo from our 2015 Conference

The Design Team/Client Conversation: How to Move Beyond “Is This a LEED Project”?

Featuring: Zachary Edelson (The Architect's Newspaper)Michael Kocher (Behnisch Architekten Boston) Michael Szabo (Diamond Schmitt Architects) Jan Willemse (ZGF Architects)
Designers can take an active role in reaching 80 X 50 goals by using their influence to encourage building owners and tenants to create spaces that address increasing densification, new ways of working, and a shifting climate.

Join us as designers discuss changing methods for presenting information to clients, streamlined workflows, and new technologies that move past basic code and program requirements toward a new way of creating innovative and sustainable workplaces.

Photo from our 2015 Conference

Please note: RSVP is required to attend this event. Walk-ins will not be accepted.


12:00 - 12:45 PM               Registration and Lunch
12:45 - 12:55 Welcome and Opening Remarks
12:55 - 1:40 Lecture: The Sustainable Office: What’s New In Form and Function
1:40 - 2:10 Keynote: Take it Nationwide: Bringing 50% Energy Reduction to Scale
2:10 - 2:25               Coffee Break
2:25 - 3:40               Panel #1: Pulling Together: 2050’s Owners, Tenants, and Facility Managers
3:40 - 4:00               Coffee Break
4:00 - 5:25               Panel #2: The Design Team/Client Conversation: How to move beyond “Is this a LEED project”? 
5:25 - 5:30 PM           Closing Remarks

Become a Member

Our annual conference is free and open to members only. Join now to be part of the conversation.

This event is generously hosted by Bloomberg L.P.

Special Thanks to our Outreach Partners:

AIA New York & Archtober

AIA Staten Island 

American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY)

Building Energy Exchange

The Municipal Art Society of New York

New York Passive House

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)

Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)

Regional Plan Association

Solar One

Sustainability Practice Network

USGBC - Long Island


Bloomberg L.P.

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