Episode 8: Decarbonizing Finance
Measuring and disclosing “financed carbon emissions”—or Scope 3 emissions—by banks and financial institutions is critical for investors who seek to understand climate risk in their portfolios.
New York City Comptroller Brad Lander is responsible for the management of over $240 billion in pension funds and is leveraging this role to drive carbon disclosure, including Scope 3 emissions, from the companies in which pension funds are invested. On September 13, 2023, Comptroller Lander joined Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck for a conversation about his net zero plan and how finance can be a lever for decarbonization.
- John Mandyck, CEO, Urban Green Council
- Brad Lander, NYC Comptroller
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Episode 12: Commissioning, You Complete Me!
25:27Building systems are designed and installed separately, but at the end of the day, they have to work together in order for a building to work as intended. Commissioning makes that happen. In this episode of Building Tomorrow, Kelly Westby from Steven Winter Associates joins Urban Green’s Ellen Honigstock to discuss all things commissioning, including: Commissioning as a systems-thinking process The importance of communication Where human science and building science come together By the end of their conversation, you’ll be able to see how commissioning makes a building complete! This is a crossover episode! Make sure to listen to the Buildings + Beyond podcast to hear Kelly interview Ellen about addressing the skills gap in the sustainable building industry. HOST: Ellen Honigstock, Senior Director, Education, Urban Green Council SPEAKER: Kelly Westby, Managing Director, Building Operations, Decarbonization, and Efficiency, Steven Winter Associates RESOURCES: Listen to our crossover episode featuring Ellen on Steven Winter Associates' Buildings + Beyond podcast: "Mind the Gap – Addressing the Skills Gap in the Sustainable Building Industry" Explore the resources mentioned in this episode: Buildings + Beyond Podcast by Steven Winter Associates Ishmael by Daniel Quinn Workforce Solutions for Decarbonizing Buildings Event, November 15, 2023 Want to learn more? Previous Building + Beyond Episode with Kelly about Commissioning, "The Keys to Commissioning with Kelly Westby"
Episode 11: Historic Buildings, Modern Policies
35:37Retrofitting existing buildings can help increase energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions. But what do these retrofits look like in a place like Manhattan, where almost one-third of total floor area has landmark status and is, therefore, energy-code exempt? In this episode, Dr. Erica Avrami, Nate Rogers and Kate Reggev discuss these energy code waivers and how, despite the waivers, new greenhouse gas legislation could necessitate energy retrofits in historic buildings. This new era of regulation marks a momentous shift in regulation practices and signals a need for significant reforms to preservation policies in light of climate change. This interview expands on Dr. Avrami’s previous research, including her paper, “Energy and Historic Buildings: Toward Evidence-Based Policy Reform,” which examines the implications of a changing legislative landscape on historic preservation in NYC. Recorded May 10, 2022 HOSTS: Nate Rogers, Senior Associate, Beyer Blinder Belle Kate Reggev, Project Manager, Zubatkin Owner Representation SPEAKER: Dr. Erica Avrami, James Marston Fitch Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation RESOURCES: Article: Energy and Historic Buildings: Toward Evidence-Based Policy Reform Watch the interview on Urban Green’s website
Episode 10: Workforce Solutions for Decarbonizing Buildings
11:42The first compliance period for Local Law 97 is here, and energy upgrades in NYC’s existing buildings will need to pick up. But what kind of upgrades are needed, and who will do the work? Manny Pastreich, President of 32BJ SEIU, joins Urban Green CEO John Mandyck on Building Tomorrow for a discussion on how we can mobilize the green workforce to complete these energy upgrades. HOST: John Mandyck, CEO, Urban Green Council SPEAKER: Manny Pastreich, President, 32BJ SEIU RESOURCES: Recording of the Workforce Solutions for Decarbonizing Buildings event
Episode 9: Retrofits in Occupied Buildings
22:10Installing an energy upgrade in an occupied building is difficult. These projects are also critical to realizing decarbonization goals. In this episode of Building Tomorrow, hear from Trevor Smith, a construction manager with extensive experience in completing design-build energy projects in occupied buildings. Trevor shares tips on how to carry out these projects successfully, including how to improve communication and work better with operations staff. HOSTS: Ellen Honigstock, Senior Director, Education, Urban Green Council Shruti Narkar, Sustainability Project Manager, JLL SPEAKER: Trevor Smith, Project Manager, Ecosystem Energy Services
Episode 8: Decarbonizing Finance
26:59Measuring and disclosing “financed carbon emissions”—or Scope 3 emissions—by banks and financial institutions is critical for investors who seek to understand climate risk in their portfolios. New York City Comptroller Brad Lander is responsible for the management of over $240 billion in pension funds and is leveraging this role to drive carbon disclosure, including Scope 3 emissions, from the companies in which pension funds are invested. On September 13, 2023, Comptroller Lander joined Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck for a conversation about his net zero plan and how finance can be a lever for decarbonization. HOSTS: John Mandyck, CEO, Urban Green Council SPEAKER: Brad Lander, NYC Comptroller RESOURCES: NYC’s Net Zero Implementation Plan
Episode 7: The Sustainability Myth
24:53In Dr. Melissa Checker’s 2020 book, The Sustainability Myth, she took a critical look at the hidden costs—and contradictions—of New York City’s ambitious sustainability agenda. Her insights into the dynamics of environmental gentrification shed light on some of the hidden forces driving redevelopment in the city. Three years after the book was published, Dr. Checker joined Building Tomorrow to chat about what has changed in the years since and how we can equitably distribute the benefits of the green transition. HOSTS: Ellen Honigstock, Senior Director, Education, Urban Green Council Amy Marpman, Director, Sustainability, SBM Management Services SPEAKER: Dr. Melissa Checker, Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center RESOURCES: Link to purchase: The Sustainability Myth
Episode 6: Cutting Down Embodied Carbon
28:33Embodied carbon—the emissions resulting from the manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of building materials—will play a key role in decarbonizing the built environment. In this episode of Building Tomorrow, Ellen Honigstock and Prateek Srivastava sit down with Stantec’s Robby Vogel to get a Structural Engineer’s perspective on strategies to reduce embodied carbon and how they can be employed in the built environment. They discuss everything from new technologies to navigating client relationships to how emerging and established professionals can learn from one another to shape the future of sustainable projects. If you’ve ever wondered what embodied carbon is and why it matters, this episode is a must-listen! GUEST Robby Vogel, Principal, Structural Engineering Design Leader, Stantec HOSTS Ellen Honigstock, Senior Director, Education, Urban Green Council Prateek Srivastava, Structural Engineer, Stantec RESOURCES Stantec What is SE2050?
Episode 5: Prioritizing Environmental Justice as we Electrify
30:56As New York City transitions away from fossil fuels, it’s imperative that environmental justice be centered in policy making, and that people from historically disadvantaged communities actively benefit from the transition. In this episode of Building Tomorrow, Zakiyah Sayyed and Anushka Maqbool sit down with Sonal Jessel, Director of Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, to talk about Sonal’s career journey, WE ACT’s work with electrification and workforce training, and the importance of centering environmental justice in the electrification conversation. GUEST: Sonal Jessel, Director, Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice HOSTS: Zakiyah Sayyed, Former Crew Supervisor for NYC°CoolRoofs Anushka Maqbool, Programs Associate, Urban Green Council RESOURCES: WE ACT for Environmental Justice Website Gas Free NYC: Decarbonizing New York City’s Future Buildings with Local Law 154 WE ACT Membership Urban Green's Analysis: Exploring Equitable Electrification
Episode 4: Innovations in Sustainable Construction
46:11In February 2023, Michael Deane, former Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Turner Construction and Urban Green Board Member, passed away, leaving behind a legacy as a dedicated sustainability champion and friend to the green building movement. Today, we’re re-releasing this 2018 conversation between Michael and Urban Green Senior Director of Education Ellen Honigstock: a wide-ranging discussion on eliminating construction waste and the wide array of innovations that lie at the intersection of sustainability and construction. This conversation remains as timely now as when it was recorded. Guest: Michael Deane, former Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Turner Construction Host: Ellen Honigstock, Senior Director, Education, Urban Green Council Resources: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute Tally, Life Cycle Analysis App Carbon Leadership Forum, Embodied Carbon Network Living Building Challenge
Episode 3: Embodied Carbon 101
28:57As materials and construction account for 11 percent of global carbon emissions, embodied carbon—the emissions arising from the manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of building materials—will play a key role in our path to deep decarbonization of our built environment. Join Shruti Narkar and Ellen Honigstock in a conversation with Aurora Jensen where she provides helpful tips on how to measure, track and scale the reduction of embodied carbon through her experience of working on real-world projects. Guest: Aurora Jensen, Senior Technical Specialist and Embodied Carbon Lead, Brightworks Sustainability Hosts: Shruti Narkar, Project Manager, CodeGreen Ellen Honigstock, Senior Director, Education, Urban Green Council