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  • The Sallan Foundation | About Sallan | Annual Report 2010
    a Green Finance page Original Content The guest Snapshot column was published eight times in 2010 on subjects ranging from technical analysis of benchmarking and data disclosure to the C 40 meeting in Hong Kong Dr Anderson s own Torchlight was posted seven times on such topics as green finance climate adaption and the need for tenacious green urban policies Special Features The website highlights Sallan related public events through photo and text collages white papers and other media assets Readers can and do download Power Points and other materials provided by event participants This year the Smart Grid conference the Climate Adaptation panel and the Reimagining the Metropolis forum were prominently featured Sallan s Executive Director was invited to write a column for the on line REIT Cafe about leading developments in public policy that foster high performance building development Social Media Sallan began to post daily on Twitter and has some 280 followers Impact is monitored through metrics like retweeting and mentions In Other Media Sallan established a presence of the Sustainable Cities Collective website by posting two articles and notices about Sallan sponsored events It continues to post on line in the New York Times Yale University s 360 Gotham Gazette and the Council on Foreign Relations blog Fostering an Informed Public In 2010 Sallan developed produced and participated in conferences and panels with the goal of fostering an informed public that gives priority to sustainable urban agendas The Foundation s strategy was to solicit participation of scholarly and professional experts media and advocate to identify and advance core green urban issues Dr Anderson also undertook public speaking engagements and university level lectures New York University The Sallan Foundation approached the NYU Wagner School the CUNY Building Performance Lab and the New York League of Conservation Voters with a proposal to develop a conference on the Smart Grid For Smart Cities Opportunities and Challenges This half day conference was held at NYU with speakers from the utility industry finance and IBM academia and government It was covered in the Scientific American New York City Council At the request of the City Council Environmental Protection Committee Dr Anderson presented testimony on wind power and its urban potential Pratt Institute Terrapin Bright Green Based on a successful Sallan sponsored panel series in 2005 with partners Pratt Institute and Terrapin two forums of the four part Reimagining the Metropolis project were held this year The Executive Director moderated the first panel on The Big Picture with speakers from the Mayor s Office Jonathan Rose Companies and the Natural Resources Defense Council NYU Real Estate Institute Again Dr Anderson joined the faculty of the NYU Dollars and Sense certificate program Separately she lectured at NYU Real Estate Institute on the implications of New York City s Greener Greater Building Plan Continuing Legal Education The Executive Director was invited to lecture on PACE bond legislation at a continuing legal education class The Economist Magazine Nancy spoke about the importance of measurement and

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  • The Sallan Foundation | About Sallan | Annual Report 2009
    a Sustainable Cities group on Scribd a website that provides free downloads of myriad topical publications Sallan posts its reports and columns on its group page and since May the group has amassed 1 756 members In Other Media Sallan continued to appear in on line blogs in the New York Times Dot Earth and Green Inc and it weighed in with comments in the Yale University 360 environmental policy website Nancy was interviewed for stories published by the Women s City Club GreenHome NYC and the Council of NY Coops and Condos and she was taped for one broadcast on CUNY TV and another for an NYU web based broadcast Deploying Original Research In 2008 the Sallan Foundation e published Decoding the Code How Can NYC s 2007 Building Code Help Meet PlaNYC 2030 Energy Carbon Reduction Goals a research report commissioned from the City University of New York on the role of the 2007 New York City Building Code in helping the City to meet the carbon and energy reduction goals laid out in PlaNYC 2030 This year Decoding the Code was used as resource by New York City Green Codes Task Force in preparation for writing a report to the Mayor and City Council Speaker that will make recommendations on removing impediments to incorporating green building technologies identifying opportunities to promote energy efficiency into codes while incorporating climate adaptation measures Fostering an Informed Public In 2009 Sallan developed produced and participated in public and by invitation only panels to foster an informed public which gives priority to high performance urban agendas Its objective was the articulation and refinement of up to the minute useful knowledge for developing greener cities in rapidly evolving areas of professional practices and opportunities The Foundation s strategy was to seek participation of scholarly and professional experts media and advocates to identify and advance core green urban issues and also to undertake public speaking engagements The Newman Real Estate Institute Baruch College Sallan was invited to work in depth on all aspects of three conferences in an ongoing Toolkit series at the Institute s conference center Green Leases Kilowatts to Cash and Legally Green attracted a cross section of New York City s real estate community and its allied professional and financial industry representatives New York Academy of Sciences The Foundation co planned and moderated Glass Buildings The Energy Challenge This was the first Academy professional event to be webcasted New York City Bar Association Sallan co sponsored and moderated a panel presentation on the concept of green zoning and the tools it would offer for creating more sustainable land use mass transit planning and greener buildings New York Law School Nancy returned to New York Law School to lecture at an Environmental Law Class on pending green building legislation NYU Real Estate Institute Nancy was invited back to give three lectures as a guest faculty member at the Dollars and Sense of Designing Green a certificate program for architects developers and design

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  • The Sallan Foundation | About Sallan | Annual Report 2008
    most read columns The Deep Green Quartet parses the green building legislative package developed by the Bloomberg administration which seeks to increase the energy efficiency of the City s existing building stock because current law does little to drive energy improvement at a scale large enough to make a difference Over the year she solicited eight Snapshot columns written by guest contributors Contributors brought wide ranging expertise to their columns from engineering to measure and verify the performance of building energy upgrades to urban political economy to advocate for an urban growth dynamic requiring education and training to foster a labor force equipped with the skills for an urban green economy One contributor drilled down to analyze the problem of split incentives between landlords and tenants that acts as a stubborn barrier to improved building performance Another made the case for New York City s potential to create and upgrade thousands of good green collar jobs in building retrofits building maintenance and energy management When a new column is posted each preceding column is archived and remains available on the website A 2008 website innovation was the launch of Flash Module displays of public events either sponsored by the Sallan Foundation or in which the Executive Director participated The year s first display contained video text and photos from the Green Committee of the American Jewish Committee s Symposium on US Energy Independence and Dr Anderson s presentation In May Greening the Apple a panel co hosted by Sallan SIPA at Columbia University and the New York League of Conservation Voters examined progress made on PlaNYC 2030 In September Building a Greener Gotham a panel organized around the Sallan commissioned report Decoding the Code was co sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment The Foundation the NYC Bar Association s Environment and Energy Committees and the Environmental Law Institute jointly sponsored A Nuclear Tomorrow a debate on the future of nuclear power in the US in October This year the web site attracted a loyal and growing readership from some twenty eight countries as well as government entities and academic institutions Through this medium the Foundation continued to widen its informational scope while enhancing its education impact Featured web pages Nancy s Subway Reading Worldwide and In the Carbon Age provided a constantly changing array of press academic and NGO articles as well as feature reports from around the world The Events calendar made up to date information and registration easy to access for Foundation related meetings as well as numerous happenings around town Fostering an Informed Public As in previous years Sallan developed produced as well as participated in public and by invitation only panels In light of ongoing interest in nurturing effective strategies to combat climate change Sallan developed and co sponsored A Nuclear Tomorrow a debate about the future of nuclear power in the US The organizers decided on the debate format because it was ideal for engaging complex issues associated with strongly

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  • The Sallan Foundation | About Sallan | Annual Report 2007
    for happenings around town easy to access It targeted Foundation sponsored panels in addition to conferences and other events of importance The website launched into the multi media era in 2007 by starting to post Sallan event photos and linked to a podcast produced by the New York City Bar Association related to a Sallan co sponsored event Fostering an Informed Public As in previous years Sallan developed and produced public panels In light of the growing public interest in discussions about effective strategies to combat climate change Sallan developed and co sponsored a debate with the New York City Bar Association s Environmental Protection and Energy panels This debate brought together four of the nation s leading experts on cap and trade and tax policy to engage on the best legislative strategy for rapidly and effectively cutting greenhouse gas emissions The sponsors decided on the debate format because it was ideal for engaging complex issues with strongly held views In 2007 the third annual presentation co sponsored by Sallan and the New York Academy of Sciences was entitled The Spitzer Team Tackles Climate Change This year the New York League of Conservation Voters joined as a new co sponsor Paul Tonko Executive Director of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided a thorough overview of New York s energy and climate policy planning and programs He emphasized an initiative intended to achieve a dramatic acceleration in gains in energy efficiency as the easiest most cost effective way to reduce carbon emissions Another major Authority initiative could speed the transition to renewable energy In 2005 New York City enacted a Green Building Law and in 2006 Sallan initiated the Local Law 86 Roundtable a series of meetings about the new statute Roundtable membership reflected the constellation of advocates who supported the passage of Local Law 86 in addition to other high performance building experts and advocates In January 2007 Sallan and other members of the Roundtable presented testimony at public hearings on the rules drafted for implementing Local Law 86 This concluded the work of the Roundtable Over the year Dr Anderson continued to serve as a member on the Environmental Sciences Section of the New York Academy of Sciences This membership enabled the Sallan Foundation to advocate for broad agenda setting develop targeted subjects and communicate with a wide range of expert speakers In addition she was invited to join a planning committee to develop a new panel series presented at the Academy that focused on a wide array of technical and policy issues in the green building arena Dr Anderson also helped to develop an Environmental Sciences Section panel on congestion pricing in London and New York City The Executive Director continued to advance the Foundation s goal of fostering an informed public by successfully reaching out to the mass media The Foundation appeared in on line media outlets including the New York Times Dot Earth blog the Christian Science Monitor New York Magazine and

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  • The Sallan Foundation | About Sallan | Annual Report 2006
    website serves as a crucial communications component of the Foundation s work Dr Anderson authored seven Torchlight columns and she solicited seven Snapshot columns written by guest contributors When a new column is posted each preceding column is archived and remains available on the website An article reporting on the last of four panels in the Sallan Foundation sponsored High Performance Building in New York City panel series was posted Sallan also sponsored and published an eBriefing on Market Muscle Can Cap and Trade Cut Carbon as part of a panel co sponsored by the Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences Environmental Sciences Section Three regular new feature pages were initiated on the website to widen its informational scope and to enhance its education impact Nancy s Subway Reading Worldwide and Climate Change provide a constantly changing array of press academic and NGO articles and feature reports from around the world The Events calendar provides up to date information on happenings around town It pinpoints Foundation sponsored panels as well as conferences and other events of importance to urban environmental sustainability provides up to date information on happenings around town Fostering an Informed Public Sallan developed and produced the panel series High Performance Building in New York City in partnership with the Municipal Art Society the Committee on the Environment a project of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the NYC Apollo Alliance In early 2006 the fourth and final panel in the series was a by invitation only panel targeted at elected officials and their staffs held It was designed to inform and educate public officials about the architectural design market financial and environmental developments in the fast growing world of high performance building By convening experts and advocates along with public officials participants were able to identify develop and have an in depth discussion about core concepts and real world experience for making green or high performance building into New York s new normal In late 2005 New York City enacted a Green Building Law and in early 2006 Sallan initiated the Local Law 86 Roundtable a series of meetings about the new statute Roundtable membership reflected the constellation of advocates who supported the passage of Local Law 86 in addition to other high performance building experts and advocates Seeking to educate the public about the purpose and status of Local Law 86 the Roundtable invited experts to make presentations on high performance building in NYC Participants also met on several occasions with members of the Mayor s staff responsible for program implementation in order to share information and new developments At the request of the Mayor s staff the Roundtable wrote a lengthy memo with recommendations about the form and content of the mandated Annual Report Over the year Dr Anderson continued to serve as a member on the Environmental Sciences Section of the New York Academy of Sciences This membership enabled the Sallan Foundation to advocate for broad agenda

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  • The Sallan Foundation | About Sallan | Annual Report 2005
    was developed and went live in 2005 and quickly became a crucial communications component of the Foundation s work Torchlight columns written by the Executive Director and Snapshot columns written by guest authors were posted bi monthly Articles reporting on the Sallan Foundation sponsored High Performance Building in New York City panel series were regularly posted Sallan sponsored a preBriefing on New York Tackles Climate Change as part of a panel co sponsored by the Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences It was posted on the website as were the Introductory Remarks of the Foundation s Executive Director Electronic links to two reports concerned with innovations in urban environmental sustainability in which the Foundation played the role of critical reader were posted A regular website was launched that offered a calendar of upcoming events which includes both Foundation sponsored panels as well as conferences and other events of importance to urban environmental sustainability Fostering an Informed Public Sallan developed and produced the panel series High Performance Building in New York City in partnership with the Municipal Art Society the Committee on the Environment a project of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the NYC Apollo Alliance This series brought together experts and advocates to identify and develop core issues to make green or high performance building into New York s new normal Panels were attending by representatives from government and business environmental and community advocates academics students and members of the media Sallan testified before the New York City Council in support of a high performance building policy and posted this testimony on its website In October 2005 New York City enacted a Green Building Law The Foundation s Executive Director Nancy E Anderson Ph D was invited to serve as a member

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  • Use The Future As A Reference | Nancy Anderson, Ph.D. | Torchlight Column | the Sallan Foundation
    concert with local utilities and existing subsidy programs to incentivize energy retrofits in exchange for affordability commitments from building owners This proposal would significantly extend energy efficiency goals beyond the 50 000 square foot threshold of the City s energy benchmarking and audit retro commissioning laws At the same time the report observes the City could tackle the problem renters face with monthly utility bills that have risen 20 from 2002 2011 I look forward to program details Housing New York calls repeatedly and accurately for planning and funding the infrastructure new housing development will require While many kinds of infrastructure are entailed in new development especially the new dense development envisioned in the plan there is no mention of the electricity and natural gas energy infrastructure and what will be done to meet new demand reliably cost effectively and in a low carbon manner More work is needed here to define the Administration s position on developing microgrids or fostering more combined heat and power systems and how the state and federal government could assist in such efforts The City s energy infrastructure has to be part of its affordable housing plans Housing New York is acutely aware of how little vacant land is available in the City for new construction and expects new waterfront development to be part of the picture This will entail as the report stipulates that coordinated planning and public investment to build resiliency for coastal flood risks is a must Again the roll out of plan details may reveal how energy systems will be made more resilient in flood prone areas and the ultimate success of the plan will hinge on fostering robust sustainable critical infrastructure upon which the physical economic and social resilience of our communities rests It is encouraging that the de Blasio Administration will establish an Existing Buildings Code Revision Committee to address how to make housing more flood and wind resistant among other things The linkage of housing sustainability and affordability comes to the fore in sections of the report addressing the preservation of affordable housing Among its key strategies is Promote Sustainability Resiliency and Long Term Affordability While Helping Building Owners Reduce Operating Costs Yes The report suggests small landlords May benefit from training on best practices for maintaining their residential buildings and from information about resources that are available to improve building performance and operating costs The report also calls for creation of an energy and water utility cost reduction program by way of building and equipment retrofits It cautions however that too many buildings have not undergone even simple low cost upgrades because owners lack technical understanding or lack the financial means Accordingly The City will create a pilot outreach and financial assistance program to provide grants or loans as appropriate to accelerate investment in energy and water efficiency projects The pilot program intends to target some of the oldest and most vulnerable housing stock including smaller and mid size tenement buildings While this is a good

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  • Carpe Diem | Nancy Anderson, Ph.D. | Torchlight Column | the Sallan Foundation
    working on another energy efficient affordable housing project nearby which will benefit from a 2013 change in City law that makes it easier to put insulation on exterior building walls Exterior insulation will also make multi family building rehabbing easier and less expensive because tenants can remain in residence during the work As Ken Levenson a leading local Passive House expert notes energy efficiency must be baked in during construction or rehabilitation We have the technology and we have the knowhow to bring in energy efficient projects at costs equal or nearly comparable to conventional construction Now as our learning curve rises and supply costs decrease we are well positioned to make sure that construction costs of high performing affordable housing will not be an obstacle while helping to keep operating outlays down for tenants and owners year in year out Before saying slam dunk for energy efficient affordable housing a few words of caution Putting together the financing for new construction or renovations has been and will continue to be complex and challenging New York is fortunate in being able to draw on the expertise of organizations like the NYC Housing Development Corporation Enterprise Community Partners and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation but aligning the financial resources with the details and execution of housing policies of the de Blasio Administration will be critically important for meeting his goal of creating or preserving 200 000 units of affordable housing Adding to New York s ability to structure a financing strategy that makes data driven decisions about affordable housing preservation is the information already in hand from annual building energy benchmarking reports required under Local Law 84 This information can offer guidance to affordable housing senior management in allocating capital and expense dollars for making energy efficiency improvements part of building upgrades and equipment replacement We all look forward to the City s plan slated to be rolled out on May 1 With the vacuum created by the disappearance of federal funding for affordable housing new ideas for project financing are in ferment Here s one innovative idea for attracting new funding sources Development Impact Bonds DIBs Similar to Social Impact Bonds DIBs are designed both to attract private investors According the Center for Global Development they provide a new business model for development programs that would encourage the innovation and flexibility or better results that are often stymied by the limitations of government budgeting contracting and performance management DIBs are meant to create incentives for investors to provide for feedback loops data collection and performance management systems required to achieve desired outcomes all ideal resources for maximizing affordable residential energy efficiency performance In his February State of the City address Mayor de Blasio said Today new industries are driving an economic future with jobs we could not have envisioned just a few years ago and he will pursue a city economic strategy that grows whole sectors of small businesses in emerging industries from technology to green jobs companies that can

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