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  • New York's Adaptation Plan | Adapting to New York's Changing Climate | Our Back Pages | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    Us Coping With Uncertainty In the Media Home Sallan Goes Global Our Back Pages Adapting to New York s Changing Climate New York s Adaptation Plan What key questions do experts ask about urban climate adaptation and what are decision makers doing to prepare for the day after tomorrow Revisit Sallan s panel at Climate Week NY C 2010 Today it matters more than ever Home About Sallan News Views

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2012/11/new_yorks_adaptation_plan.php (2016-02-10)
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  • Too Damn Hot | Extreme Heat: Hot Cities — Adapting to a Hotter World | Twitter Conversations | The Sallan Foundation in the Media
    Under 2 MOU In the Media Home Ski 3 Solar Powered Slopes Twitter Conversations Extreme Heat Hot Cities Adapting to a Hotter World Too Damn Hot At the Extreme Heat Hot Cities conference Nancy tweeted about how cities can do a lot to cool their urban heat island effect keep folks healthier and more comfortable while doing something about climate change A Collection on Twitter Home About Sallan News Views

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Sallan_In-the-Media/2015/11/xheat.php (2016-02-10)
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  • Not Your Grandma's Infrastructure: The Urban Energy Revolution | September 2012
    that converts electrical current from AC to DC and DC to AC to reduce the instability associated with allowing microgrids to supply electricity to the national power grid The Pareto Gridlink acts as a buffer between the microgrid and the utility grid The NYU CUSP campus in downtown Brooklyn will be installing it and thereby serve as a test bed for the technology Moderator David Bomke Exec Dir of the New York Energy Consumers Council Sukanya Paciorek VP of Corporate Sustainability at Vornado Realty Trust Guy Warner Chairman and CEO of Pareto Energy describes Pareto Gridlink technology Alex Lowenstein of Living City Block makes the case for microgrid adoption Moderator Bomke clarifies a point made from the floor regarding Con Edison Attendee drills down further According to Mr Warner this technology can facilitate the widespread adoption of microgrids To this end he called for creation of energy improvement districts owned and operated by the utility managing a given service district as mechanisms to significantly reduce the cost of building distributed energy systems Alex Lowenstein of Living City Block provided the third case study of New York City energy system innovation As a hands on not for profit Mr Lowenstein explained Living City Block LCB is in a unique position to prove the business and finance case for microgrid adoption LCB begins by working with property owners tenants and neighborhood residents to identify the energy needs of the community Its first goal is to engage tenants and residents to identify priorities before bringing in experts to perform modeling Next it would seek to aggregate small and medium sized building owners residential commercial or industrial into legal entities to engage service providers to manage energy supply and demand Ordinarily such buildings would be too small to obtain financing for their own energy infrastructure development project At sites such as the demonstration project located near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn LCB aspires to showcase the ability of microgrids to shave off peak demand and flatten the demand curve for energy Key Technical Financial and Regulatory Issues In the concluding conference session moderated by Vignesh Gowrishankar Sustainable Energy Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council the panelists assessed technical financial and regulatory challenges to the widespread urban adoption of microgrids and other types of distributed generation From a technical standpoint Margarett Jolly Distributed Generation Manager at Con Edison observed that such technologies can be difficult to incorporate into the grid because a grid outage that coincides with a problem with the consumer s on site generation system can result in the consumer losing power altogether Nevertheless Con Ed has witnessed growth in applications for distributed generation installations since 2005 In addition Ms Jolly expects as on site generation technologies improve and their costs decline the City s PlaNYC 2030 goal of producing 800 megawatts of energy by 2030 may be attainable At present Con Ed projects that by 2030 New York can have somewhere between 400 800 megawatts of installed power Simultaneously such advances

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/Infrastructure_Event-Wrap-up/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Wind Power in New York | Event Coverage and Resources | The Sallan Foundation
    of a proposed 5bn transmission system off the eastern coast of the US are due to begin thi undefinedStaticflickr Ran Kohn as moderator jumps in with an impromptu Q A Q What does DOI mean by its finding of no competitive uses A AWC is the only firm interested in leasing the outer continental shelf space so no auction will be needed Sarah Biser follows up and sets off a free wheeling discussion Q How did Google become an AWC investor A Google supports renewable energy as a corporate policy It s got a 40 interest in a 40 million development budget The 5 billion figure that s out there would be for overall project costs Robin Shanen LI offshore wind project does face competing users of the sites they want Today wind farm turbines must be spaced at least a mile apart and there will be NO exclusionary zones This should overcome the problem of other users because they won t be excluded Tim Daniels True offshore wind is more expensive than on shore turbines the maintenance and repair in a marine environment is really a tall order but the price will come down with experience And with scale offshore power will become sellable Ballpark estimate 4 000 installed kW Also offshore power generated much more of the time than onshore 45 50 My Turbine Blade Is Bigger Than Your Turbine Blade The Energy CollectiveThere s a my turbine blade is bigger than your turbine blade battle going on in the wind power industry Siemens just showed off a 75 met Charles Komanoff If 4 000 kW this amortizes to 400 kW year and at 35 000 hours in operation year this becomes 10 cents kW How can this compete with natural gas Tim Daniels Don t compare current fossil fuel generated power costs to wind costs Why TD expects lots of old power plants to be retiring soon and the capital cost of replacement will change cost calculations Construction of NEW natural gas plants is very expensive in our region To recover these costs he expects power to be 8 9 cents kW undefinedStaticflickr Komaoff gets up and presents 5 slides Worldwide energy sources by 2030 599 000 MW and 50 of ths could come from wind He forcefully says and repeats that we have to transcend our NIMBY ethos to solve our energy needs undefinedStaticflickr Biser Q post closure clean up costs Melnyk A a federal requirement already sets aside for this Komanoff From 2007 to 2011 coal s share of the actual energy produced has declined 14 while wind increased 248 tiny base and tiny total From 2000 to 2011 wind power grew faster than the comparable boom years for nuke power growth another slide We need policies to promote US wind power including pilot projects so we can learn from experience and a pro active government policy to ban where needed regulate and enforce and fine where permitted Also calls for feed in tariffs renewable

    Original URL path: http://www.sallan.org/EventResources_NYIT-Wind/ (2016-02-10)
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  • Reimagining the Metropolis: New York's High Performance Building Revolution | Event Four of Four | Visions for A Near Future | April 2011
    was home to over 1 000 plant and animal species all co existing in a unique ecosystem What needs to change today is our paradigm of the relationship between humanity and nature Currently we assume that humanity dominates nature or at best exists side by side with nature In Sanderson s vision for the future we would understand that humanity is part of nature and have that insight drive our interactions with our natural and built environment Only then can we map out what kinds of interactions our cities should have with nature Human beings need a sense of being in addition to shelter which is why we need cities they provide meaning by giving us choice in our food water and shelter The future of Sanderson s own research will include expansion of his Welikia the Lenape Indian word that means my good home Project that will extend the Mannahatta Project to include data and depictions of eco systems in the Bronx Brooklyn Queens and Staten Island before first contact with Europeans Predictions are always difficult especially when they involve the future This witty one liner set the tone for Laurie Kerr s vision for the future of New York City By exploring past predictions of the future we can begin to tease out not real predictors of life but reflections of what our society was at that time Fritz Lang s 1930s dystopic vision of the future in his film Metropolis revealed the anxiety of a society still reeling from war and economic depression In contrast our latent vision of the future is a bucolic nostalgic utopian construct filled with green roofs on every building and harmonious people walking to and from work Kerr warned us not to get too wrapped up in these visions the key to reaching our goals is not to move like a one trajectory rocket but to sail like a ship continually tacking and adjusting our course In her office the motto is Ambitious but achievable which favors new greenhouse gas reduction strategies inspired by the now classic stabilization wedge model created at Princeton University After outlining the actual energy reduction strategies that the Mayor s Office is undertaking including changing building operations adding cost effective measures and marginal supply reduction Kerr shared her own vision for the metropolis In 2050 we will only use energy when needed through installation of sensors and smart building controls All glass buildings will be oh so retro and building maintenance will be as prestigious a profession as medicine or law Roofs of the future will have no black tar but 25 will host solar or PV panels while others will have green roofs or be spaces for urban agriculture Building sites would no longer be paved with asphalt but will use permeable pavement Lawns with their watering and pesticide demands will be universally disdained For Cas Holloway the natural evolution of the newly updated PlaNYC is for City agencies to adopt and implement the report s

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  • Reimagining the Metropolis: New York's High Performance Building Revolution | Event Three of Four | A Banker, A Lawyer & An Underwriter Walk Into A Bar | February 2011
    eliminates the right to pass along building operating costs to tenants and a skilled labour shortage make it difficult to aggregate demand To change the split incentive equation Marks proposed making the retrofits part of the housing marketplace and routinizing both the transactions and the measures taken To accomplish this grand task the Deutsche Bank Living Cities Project put together a working group of stakeholders that developed a Request For Proposal for aggregating and amalgamating existing sets of benchmarking data that lenders would be comfortable to work with At present the main barrier for lenders is their lack of confidence in long term energy savings By assembling the data on over 12 000 unit of multi family housing the Deutsche Bank Amercias Foundation report will identify out the best practices in use The final piece of the project will involve reaching out to residential lenders and advisors about financing retrofits to see how current metrics and practices can be modified to include this groundbreaking data Sadie McKeown stressed that the world of underwriting is not as complicated as it seems and went on to demystify an aspect of retrofitting buildings that often confounds even the most educated on building green She asserted that if you added together all of the incentives currently available from NYSERDA to Energy Star you could impact just 1 of the building stock While the housing market of five years ago would have allowed for extra financing to cover the marginal costs of retrofitting a building many owners weren t opting for the long term gain and were instead cashing out and moving on The market today is under such scrutiny that many lenders are hesitant to make loans for energy retrofits The solution according to McKeown lies in incorporating the financing for retrofitting into first mortgages McKeown took the first step in this process by training her staff in the benchmarking process later McKeown was approached by Freddie Mac and Fannie May to discuss how they might train their in house staff in benchmarking as well McKeown emphasized that when the benchmarking is a routine part of the mortgage process it starts to shift the overall attitude toward retrofitting buildings Just as lead paint abatement and underground tank removal have become standard practices covered by first mortgages McKeown believes that benchmarking can be viewed as simply another step in a mortgage loan application Incorporating it into the process a home buyer or developer not only secures the correct funding for the retrofits but also it creates the greatest overall impact on the efficiency of building stock McKeown noted that there are some challenges to this change such as the need to train building operators to raise tenant awareness and the need to amass more concrete data like the Living Cities Project to propel the move toward incorporating benchmarking into the underwriting process But the truth is McKeown stressed the math doesn t lie Lawrence Schnapf started off by taking a deep look back on the

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  • Reimagining the Metropolis: New York's High Performance Building Revolution | Event Two of Four | Making It Happen | November 2010
    50 000 sq ft for their energy use green house gas emissions and code compliance in some instances sub meters are installed to monitor specific use over time Lower lighting costs for government buildings is a good measure of progress For Maron the key is using a data driven implementation strategy to verify the government claims of energy reduction By benchmarking doing efficiency retrofits verifying measurements and looking at performance indicators City government is able to analyze the operations and management of a building and prioritize facilities in need of attention In addition to internal audits Maron s office offers incentives through an outreach strategy of motivation conditional funding for energy managers posting performance reports conditional flexible funding and staff awards and recognition To date her office has benchmarked all government buildings over 10 000 sq ft and completed 216 retrofits and 74 audits saving NYC 4 million in energy costs and 17 1000 metric tons of green house gas emissions Dan Nall examined the relationship between the building and the community where it is situated He elaborated on the idea of energy efficiency and water conservation as being instrumental to achieving community goals like livability and uplifting the human environment The main issues ahead Nall contends lay in the exploration of transportation energy and carbon emissions economic viability solid waste and water use at a local scale Strategies not technology would be key to finding solutions in all of these areas and these should include dense buildings increased pedestrian access access to amenities and enhanced accessibility from work to home Nall used the example of community centered utilities to illustrate how to find synergies between different issues traditionally viewed as separate and put the most appropriate resources in the place they belong Andrew Padian outlined why green lending can be a contradiction in terms He pointed to the roots of green lending creating investment opportunities for distressed communities and showed that the lending itself wasn t what was sustainable Rather it was the building improvements in underserved communities Tightening the building envelope upgrading building control of heating air conditions and hot water helps create brighter spaces and save water The ingenuity in building green over the last five years has come from prioritizing multifamily home retrofits In the coming years we need to green those professionals that work within the field such as borrowers mortgage staff and service departments to close the high performance building knowledge gap Wendy Fleischer highlighted the positive effects of retrofitting buildings improved indoor and outdoor air quality improved health and the environment a more engaged civic community job creation and increased affordable housing But even with these plusses there are many barriers to retrofitting homes For many homeowners the upfront cost is hard to swallow when the payback is over the long term Many people are averse to the idea of being in debt and new green ideas can be unfamiliar and daunting As well there is a real degree of technical difficulty that

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  • Reimagining the Metropolis: New York's High Performance Building Revolution | Event One of Four | The Big Picture
    Tapestry project is 185 units of which 50 are set aside for market rate tenants 30 for middle income tenants with rents set at 130 of the area median income AMI and 20 for low income tenants earning below 50 of AMI It is LEED Silver certified with green roofs rainwater harvesting systems efficient mechanical systems ENERGY STAR rated appliances and fixtures low or no VOC paints and primers and formaldehyde free materials to enhance indoor air quality Via Verde currently under construction will consist of 222 mixed income residential units and 9 500 square feet of retail and community facility space with over 40 000 square feet of green roofs and open space for residents Via Verde aspires to promote healthy living both through the use of eco friendly ideas like rainwater harvesting to grow fruits and vegetables and physical elements such as the creation of a fitness center and bike storage units Ashok Gupta articulated just how understanding markets and policies can help jump start the means to overcome some of the obstacles to building high performance buildings at scale In considering the potential contribution of green leases Gupta outlined the split incentives between owners who would have to pay for goods or services that would financially benefit tenants that are created by conventional leases He suggested the development of guidance documents and financial products that can help circumvent split incentives and generate demand for such building upgrades Gupta also looked at the increasing role of software in gathering and analyzing data to allow both building managers and advocates of green building to make informed decisions especially when it comes to building operations and tenants behavior modification Turning to the nexus between typical building energy use and governmental electric power rules he stressed that fifty separate state regulators set energy policy in the US this adds up to the nationwide inefficient use of electricity Gupta explained that natural resources do not follow political boundaries which implies that that regulation of electric power is a state s rights issue not easily amenable to greening through federal litigation or rule making Speaker Bios Adam Freed New York City Office of Long Term Planing and Sustainability Adam Freed AICP is the Deputy Director of Mayor Bloomberg s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability which is responsible for implementing New York City s long term sustainability plan PlaNYC and supporting other sustainability efforts in the City In this capacity Freed leads the City s climate change adaptation efforts and chairs the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force which is working to develop adaptation strategies to secure the City s critical infrastructure Previously Freed served as the Assistant Comptroller for NYC in the Office of the New York State Comptroller where he evaluated large scale economic development projects and crafted corporate governance strategies for the 150 billion state pension fund In addition to his work in city and state government Freed has worked on several city state and national political

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