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1.5 LU / 1.5 HSW

This course has been approved for 1.5 GBCI credits.

In 2012, New York City adopted a package of amendments to the NYC Zoning Resolution, collectively called Zone Green, to facilitate more sustainable and energy-efficient design. Zone Green addressed barriers to building thicker, better-insulated walls. It also covered the inclusion of sustainable design strategies, such as solar panels, solar shading systems, green roofs, and greenhouses.

Fast forward six years: although Zone Green successfully solved the problems anticipated at the time, new technologies and new barriers have since emerged. Last fall, the Urban Green Council convened a Task Force of over 40 stakeholders to develop a roadmap for Zone Greener, a set of potential upgrades to the Zoning Resolution that would unlock further opportunities for the next generation of green building. These recommendation are detailed in a new Urban Green report, Zone Greener.

Part 2 of this event series will focus on modifications to the Zoning Resolution that would continue to advance solar energy in New York City. This event will discuss progress made in the uptake of solar installations since 2012, as well as recommendations and solutions for newly identified issues involving rooftop solar, ground-mounted solar, and solar batteries.

Part 1 of this two-part series focused on building better walls. You can read more about that event here.

Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, Senior Policy Advisor, Urban Green Council
Derric Meister, LEED AP, New York Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY
James Hannah, Vice President of Client Energy Services, Bright Power

Laurie Kerr is the President of lk POLICY LAB and the former Director of Policy at Urban Green. A licensed architect with over 15 years of experience, Kerr is a national leader in the development of green building and urban sustainability policy. As Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, she was responsible for developing the city’s signature green building policies, including the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the NYC Green Codes Task Force, the Mayoral Challenges to Universities and Hospitals, and the Energy-Aligned Lease. Kerr has been awarded the AIANY’s Public Architect Award and the NYS AIA’s DelGaudio Award for outstanding service to the profession. She serves on the board of the Global Cool Cities Alliance and the Cornell Alumni Advisory Board for Sustainability and is the inaugural Director for Sustainability at AIANY. 

Derric Meister, a member of the Zone Greener Working Group, is currently working with the NYSolar Smart Distributed Generation Hub on permitting, interconnection, and zoning and planning issues in NYC. Before joining Sustainable CUNY, Meister worked at the forefront of the huge growth in the solar market as a residential engineering manager and solar tech. He has designed and worked on hundreds of projects in various states throughout the northeast, from as small as a few kilowatts to over a megawatt.

James Hannah and his team at Bright Power are responsible for developing and coordinating the projects and services that Bright Power provides for its clients. Bright Power is a leading energy and water management company headquartered in NYC. From data analytics to design-build services, Bright Power delivers on-site power generation, efficiency, green building, and resiliency solutions to the real estate sector. Hannah uses his knowledge of energy systems, building science, green building certifications, local codes, incentives, project financing and real estate to help property managers, investors/owners and developers increase property value and achieve their sustainability goals.

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Organized by
AIANY Committee on the Environment and Urban Green Council
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