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  • The Brain Trust of Benchmarking | Climate Week NYC 2015 Event | Event Wrap-up
    change coming to energy use in buildings across the city regardless of their size Stuart Brodsky advised that we need to understand how any market mechanism including public disclosure is effective for the substantial portion of the property market that is in buildings of less than 50 000 square feet the size threshold for Local Law 84 s disclosure requirement For over fifteen years owners of larger commercial buildings have been increasingly responding to demands of institutional investors and corporate tenants that need to demonstrate their own commitment to the environment Even if those owners are given further incentives because of LL 84 and even if some of that incentive is to avoid the risk of being exposed for owning an inefficient building how does any of this affect the owners of smaller buildings In smaller buildings it is likely there is neither the demand from lenders or investors nor demand from tenants or prospective tenants Further where large buildings may be staffed by property management professionals smaller buildings are not Cliff Majersik suggested benchmarking and energy efficiency are more likely to be embraced quickly by owners with the largest buildings and largest portfolios with best practices spreading from there Constantine Kontakosta pointed out that 45 of the relevant energy use is in Local Law 84 covered buildings which make up a small percentage of the total number of structures in the City Furthermore the economics of energy monitoring and efficiency have been shifted by placing the start up costs on those most able to afford it the owners of larger buildings thus making it possible for smaller buildings to follow in their footsteps in the near future Jeff Perlman highlighted the easy efficiencies he is often able to find as a result of low performing building systems or operations which can amount to a 10 15 reduction in energy use Additionally clients with large portfolios have the opportunity to look across their buildings to tackle their least efficient buildings first as part of a routinized cycle of maintenance and upkeep Highlighting how his firm has developed scorecards for clients that are more market oriented Jeff Perlman described his efforts to create more directly actionable information His firm works directly with owners to find cost efficient solutions not stopping at the mere collection of information to satisfy the letter of the benchmarking law Moreover by aggregating data from both the benchmarking law and Local Law 87 which requires building energy audits and retro commissioning it has become possible to predict the inefficiencies of any multifamily building in the city This creates the potential to sharply reduce the cost of performing building by building audits which has been a major barrier to small buildings that might want to shrink their energy usage and carbon footprint Perlman said that opportunities for enhanced energy performance exist throughout all types of NYC buildings and that his company s recent analysis of the LL87 data done in conjunction with the Building Energy Exchange suggests that some of the largest low hanging fruit opportunities are in post war buildings especially those with oil fired heating and hot water systems Laurie Kerr made the case that Local Law 84 provides owners with the opportunity to change their behavior make their assets more efficient and to avoid potential public shaming Everyone has a chance to dramatically improve their energy performance since building operations are the low hanging fruit People care about what others think and that is leverage that can be used to help reduce emissions Benchmarking is a first step in finding systemic problems and then bringing solutions to bear 3 Are we going fast enough in reducing GHG emissions to meet the City s 80x50 goals What specific role does benchmarking play in the campaign to cut its carbon footprint Laurie Kerr provided rough calculations for meeting the New York City law stipulating an 80 reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 Achieving the targeted two thirds reduction in usage for buildings would not alone get the City there and other GHG emissions sources like cars and trucks must be addressed At the same time meeting the 80 goal will require greater reductions than the 40 50 target in the Bloomberg administration That said it must be underlined that benchmarking is a critical tool in determining what is physically possible and economically efficient Local Law 84 data is at the core of any attempt to distribute reduction burdens with a semblance of fairness and efficiency There needs to be development and deployment of a large toolkit of policy solutions and we are only now getting started using benchmarking to shine a light on what exactly might be needed understanding the different types of buildings and uses and their relative efficiencies and inefficiencies Constantine Kontakosta predicted that even with the retrofit opportunities identified through Local Law 87 data which requires energy audits and building retro commissioning there would still be insufficient GHG reductions to meet the 80 goal Therefore we need to be looking for disruptive changes in the real estate industry in order to achieve major reductions in energy use and carbon emissions Using benchmarking alone is not sufficient For other things that will help he cited experiments with remote sensing and other novel technologies to understand patterns of energy use across the city Real time and interval data are the next step in tracking usage Jeff Perlman estimated that the cost for benchmarking is as low as a penny per square foot and many easy gains still exist in NYC to increase energy efficiency especially on the residential side Benchmarking is a tool to monitor how reductions in other areas are going for example the switch from carbon fuels to renewables Cliff Majersik highlighted national and international benchmarking regimes as part of the wider campaign to reduce GHG emissions California enacted the first law in 2007 but it lacked public disclosure requirements Washington DC implemented a public disclosure law benchmarking law which has become the

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  • Innovations In Green Finance: Smart MoneyFor Sustainable Cities | May 2015 Event | Event Wrap-up Posted June 2015
    still grappling with their individual roles and responsibilities Carol Kostic on Green Munis On the municipal side Carol Kostic described the New York City Green Bonds program conceived over a year ago by the Office of the New York City Comptroller The comptroller s office spent several months meeting with investors and advocates to vet the program and was gratified but not surprised to receive strong positive feedback on the plan and its potential effect on the green bond market as a whole Kostic noted that there have been 15 U S municipal green bond issuances since September 2014 and more issuers have begun to seriously consider the idea As for New York s potential entrance into the market the Comptroller s office believes that the program will benefit New York City in three ways by expanding its investor base creating a national model for other U S cities to follow and encouraging a greener capital program On the investor side Mary Barber described the Investor Confidence Project a specific tool for engaging more private capital in the energy efficiency space The Environmental Defense Fund EDF created the project after examining a range of barriers to the deployment of capital to energy efficiency projects One problem it found was that lenders insurers regulators building owners and engineers lacked a standardized method to gauge the accuracy of predicted energy and financial savings from efficiency upgrades So the EDF assembled a group of national engineers to develop a set of best practices and protocols for investment underwriting in order to create investor ready energy efficiency projects ranging from multi family to commercial projects Mary Barber talks transparency Barber noted that the Investor Confidence Project is helpful to the green bond marketplace especially in terms of project transparency Many investors are concerned about greenwashing or the deceptive promotion of certain projects as environmentally friendly when in fact they are not The project provides independent third party project credentialing to ensure investor confidence and help spur renewable energy investments Kim asked Barber about specific examples of investor use of the protocols Barber noted that the protocols are only just now being rolled out but that PACE programs in San Francisco and Texas as well as municipalities in New York and New Jersey have begun to use the standards in some public projects Kim asked the panelists what impact the expected long term rise in interest rates will have on the green bond market Kostic predicted that a higher interest rate environment will bring in more individual investors and will create more opportunities to sell green bonds Smith noted that because interest rates and bond prices are inversely correlated there could be an impact on green bond issuers As interest rates increase their cost of capital will also rise However issuers are still going to issue debt and investors are still going to want green bonds so Smith doesn t view higher interest rates as a risk to the green bond market Issuers may have to pay a little more for their cost of access to capital but the effect won t be detrimental Kostic was optimistic about the ability of the green bond market to grow with the help of younger investors These new investors are more socially conscious than previous generations in turn she anticipates that green bonds will help securities firms attract new and younger buyers This will add new resources to the marketplace benefitting renewable energy companies and issuers alike Overall Kostic stressed that increasing green bond demand is important for the larger renewable energy marketplace During the Q A session audience questions ranged from broad subjects such as the role of public pension funds in the green bond market to specific issues such as whether all bonds should be identified in terms of green ratings Panelists also discussed the role of green bond markets on municipal green infrastructure development and the perceived competition between green investments and gray investments in municipal budgets Panel Two Office and Home Energy Performance Upgrades Making It To Scale New York Green Banking and Solar Aggregation Heats Up The second panel was moderated by Nick Lombardi a Program Manager for Conservation Services Group and it focused on the financing aspects of the renewable energy market and the overall state of the market for clean energy projects in New York The panelists were Jessica Aldridge Vice President NY Green Bank Tria Case Esq University Director of Sustainability City University of New York Yerina Mugica Managing Director NRDC Center for Market Innovation Michael R Weisberg Founder M Core Credit Corporation Nick Lombardi opens with a challenge Moderator Nick Lombardi opened the panel with a challenge Why are we not seeing a higher number of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects given innovations in financing and public policy of recent years Is it just a matter of patience Or have we gotten our projections all wrong Through this challenge Lombardi solicited the panelists observations and analyses about the slower than predicted growth by advocates of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects For Jessica Aldridge renewable projects soft costs such as higher financing costs keep them at a disadvantage compared to traditional energy projects For example banks are more likely to lend at favorable rates to carbon based energy projects because banks better understand the risks and rewards involved with carbon based project financing as they ve been financing these projects for years Renewable energy projects tend to be more complex and perceived risks are less well understood Aldridge s employer NY Green Bank NYGB is a state sponsored investment vehicle dedicated to overcoming obstacles in clean energy financing markets NYGB is designed to address gaps and barriers in clean energy financing markets and to transform those markets as part of the integrated statewide transition It is market focused and market responsive in that we work with private sector capital providers and project developers who are prepared to move forward with a project but for a specific barrier or

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  • Sallan Event Pick: Innovation & Technology: Solutions To The Global Water Crisis
    00 pm Location New York Institute of Technology 1871 Broadway Auditorium MAP RSVP Eventbrite February 2016 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Around Town Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment 11 Feb Data analytics and data driven decision making can revolutionize the provision of city services and the design and evaluation of urban policy Get up to speed on opportunities and challenges using existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs Event Details Around Town 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC 19 Feb Get energized by learning about the wildlife labor environmental justice and business perspectives on the future of offshore wind power for the Big Apple Event Details Around Town New York State Environmental Year in Review 22 Feb Stay current Leading practitioners regulators and professors from New York City and Albany will review the past year s most significant developments in New York State environmental law Event Details Around Town Passive Massive

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  • Sallan Event Pick: Behind The Meter: Energy Storage At Different Scales
    NYSERDA s Clean Power Technology Innovation program and NY BEST Speakers will present the technical components of storage systems of different scales showcase leading projects and discuss their relationship to demand response and grid stress Sponsor Building Energy Exchange BEEx Date Tuesday February 2 9 00 10 30 am Location Building Energy Exchange 31 Chamber Street Suite 609 Speakers Jesse Remillard Project Engineer Energy Resource Solutions Doug Staker Vice President Demand Energy Networks will discuss the behind the meter market in NYC and the implementation drivers for the regulator and utilities A moderated discussion led by H G Chissell Chief Commercial Officer GridMarket LLC will follow the presentations RSVP BEEx This program is available for 1 5 AIA CEU s February 2016 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Around Town Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment 11 Feb Data analytics and data driven decision making can revolutionize the provision of city services and the design and evaluation of urban policy Get up to speed on opportunities and challenges using existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs Event Details Around Town 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC 19 Feb Get energized by learning about the wildlife labor environmental justice and business perspectives on the future of offshore wind power for the Big Apple Event Details Around Town New York State Environmental Year in Review 22 Feb Stay current Leading practitioners regulators and professors from New York City and Albany will review the past year s most significant developments in New York State environmental law

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  • Sallan Event Pick: Meet-Up On Green Financing
    Bruce Kahn Portfolio Manager Sustainable Insight Capital Management Lecturer Columbia University Date Tuesday February 9 6 30 8 30 pm with networking afterwards Location Enterprise Community Partners 1 Whitehall St 11th Floor Map RSVP GreenHomeNYC February 2016 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Around Town Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment 11 Feb Data analytics and data driven decision making can revolutionize the provision of city services and the design and evaluation of urban policy Get up to speed on opportunities and challenges using existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs Event Details Around Town 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC 19 Feb Get energized by learning about the wildlife labor environmental justice and business perspectives on the future of offshore wind power for the Big Apple Event Details Around Town New York State Environmental Year in Review 22 Feb Stay current Leading practitioners regulators and professors from New York City and Albany

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  • Sallan Event Pick: Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment
    existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs It will conclude with the discussion of a new research initiative the Quantified Community that demonstrates the potential to advance urban design and planning by integrating urban IoT technologies large scale data fusion and community engagement and problem solving Sponsor New York Association for Energy Economics Speaker Constantine Kontokosta PhD PE Deputy Director for Academics NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress CUSP Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics NYU CUSP and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Department of Civil and Urban Engineering Date Thursday February 11 12 2 pm Location Location Tonic Upstairs 727 Seventh Avenue 49th Street RSVP USAEE February 2016 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Around Town Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment 11 Feb Data analytics and data driven decision making can revolutionize the provision of city services and the design and evaluation of urban policy Get up to speed on opportunities and challenges using existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs Event Details Around Town 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC 19 Feb Get energized by learning about the wildlife labor environmental justice and business perspectives on the future of offshore wind power for the Big Apple Event Details Around Town New York State Environmental Year in Review 22 Feb Stay current Leading practitioners regulators and professors from New York City and Albany will review the past year s most significant developments in New York State environmental law

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  • Sallan Event Pick: 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC
    much needed green energy project We have speakers from Uprose National Wildlife Federation IBEW DeepWater Wind and Professor Mark Jacobson will join us by Skype Specific details to be announced soon Sponsors Sane Energy Project Presents SANE SOLUTIONS Co Sponsors United For Action All Our Energy 350NYC 350BK Sierra ClubNYC Date Friday Feb 19 6 9 pm Location Saint Peter s Lutheran Church 619 Lexington Avenue 54th Street More information Sane Energy Suggested donation to cover costs 15 bu no one will be turned away This venue is wheelchair accessible If childcare would facilitate your participation please contact kim saneenergyproject org February 2016 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Around Town Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment 11 Feb Data analytics and data driven decision making can revolutionize the provision of city services and the design and evaluation of urban policy Get up to speed on opportunities and challenges using existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs Event Details Around Town 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC 19 Feb Get energized by learning about the wildlife labor environmental justice and business perspectives on the future of offshore wind power for the Big Apple Event Details Around Town New York State Environmental Year in Review 22 Feb Stay current Leading practitioners regulators and professors from New York City and Albany will review the past year s most significant developments in New York State environmental law Event Details Around Town Passive Massive 22 Feb Sign up now for a half day workshop that will go

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  • Sallan Event Pick: Passive, Massive
    much more Challenges particular to different building types will be highlighted New buildings and retrofit case studies will be explored and the potential for application to New York demonstrated Sponsors Building Energy Exchange Passive House Academy Instructor Kevin Brennan Building Science Consultant Trainer for Passive House Academy PHA Kevin is a Certified Passive House Tradesperson and holds a variety of certifications from BPI and ABAA For the past 3 years Kevin has been delivering the PHI certified passive house tradesperson courses in the Bronx at AEA s hands on passive house training facility Most recently Kevin led the Passive House details on NYC s first historic certified EnerPhit project Date Monday February 22 9 am noon Location BEEx 31 Chambers Street Suite 609 RSVP BEEx This proram is available for 3 AIA CEU s February 2016 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Upcoming Events Around Town Data Driven Decision Analysis For The Urban Environment 11 Feb Data analytics and data driven decision making can revolutionize the provision of city services and the design and evaluation of urban policy Get up to speed on opportunities and challenges using existing and new streams of data to inform city operations focusing on building energy data and energy efficiency programs Event Details Around Town 4 Perspectives On Offshore Wind For NYC 19 Feb Get energized by learning about the wildlife labor environmental justice and business perspectives on the future of offshore wind power for the Big Apple Event Details Around Town New York State Environmental Year in Review 22 Feb Stay current Leading practitioners regulators and professors from New York City and Albany will

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