NYU Schack's Fourth Annual Sustainability Conference Will Explore the Future of Sustainable Development in NYC

Keynote Speakers will be U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan and New York City Economic Development Corporation President Kyle Kimball

New York, February 12, 2014 – The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Center for the Sustainable Built Environment’s (scps.nyu.edu/sbe) fourth Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate, titled “Taking Stock and Moving Forward: Ideas for the Next Generation of Sustainable Real Estate,” will take place on Thursday, February 27 at the New York University Kimmel Center for University Life.

The Conference will critically evaluate the accomplishments of the real estate and construction industries in adopting and implementing sustainable practices in order to develop a clear understanding of what has worked and where further opportunities remain. It is expected to draw hundreds of industry professionals, environmental advocates, and academics. Leaders from the private, public, and academic sectors will discuss new ideas for a comprehensive, cohesive, and collaborative roadmap for the future of sustainable real estate.

“It’s been more than 20 years since the first Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released, and the real estate industry has made a number of positive changes to address climate change since then,” said Conference Co-Chair Dr. Constantine E. Kontokosta, P.E., FRICS, founding director of the NYU Schack Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and deputy director of the NYU Center for Urban Science & Progress. “But there’s far more that needs to be done to reduce energy consumption, to lower emissions, and to make our buildings healthier and more productive places in which to live and work. I look forward to hearing the different perspectives on what the industry has achieved thus far and how we can develop collaborative efforts between government, industry, and academia to advance the next generation of urban sustainability metrics and goals.”

The morning keynote speaker is Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency of the U.S. Department of Energy. The lunchtime speaker will be Kyle Kimball, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Divisional Dean and Clinical Associate Professor Rosemary Scanlon will make opening remarks. Stuart Brodsky, deputy director of the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and NYU Schack clinical assistant professor, serves as Conference co-chair.

Four panel discussions will evaluate the industry’s progress to date, present new ideas and concepts for urban sustainability, and explore options for the future that encompass every stage of the development process, from planning and design to construction and asset management.

  • Panel 1: “Before Looking Forward: What Has Been Achieved?” – Moderated by NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Stuart Brodsky, the panel includes Hines’ Andrew Cooke, Institute for Market Transformation’s Cliff Majersik, Brandywine Realty Trust’s Brad Molotsky, and USAA Real Estate Company’s Brenna Walraven.
  • Panel 2: “A Changing Marketplace for Green: What Can We Learn from the Data?” – Moderated by The Real Estate Roundtable’s Duane Desiderio, the panel includes: Gardiner & Associates’ David Gardiner, Natural Resources Defense Council’s Laurie Kerr, Vornado Realty Trust’s Sukanya Paciorek, and TIAA-CREF’s Nicholas E. Stolatis.
  • Panel 3: “Innovative Approaches to Energy Efficiency and Sustainability” – Moderated by BuildingGreen Inc.’s Nadav Malin, the panel includes: Albanese Organization’s Michael Gubbins, New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation’s Susan Leeds, Natural Resources Defense Council’s Yerina Mugica, and New York State Research and Development Authority’s Marsha Walton.
  • Panel 4: “Charting a Future for Sustainable Real Estate” – Moderated by the NYU Schack Center for the Sustainable Built Environment’s Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, the panel includes: Rudin Management Inc.’s John. J. Gilbert III, Crust Young New York Inc.’s Henk De Jong, and Jonathan Rose Companies’ Wendy Rowden

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., both long-time supporters of the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment’s annual conference, are this year’s sponsors.

Registration for the Conference is now open. To view the complete agenda or to register, visit scps.nyu.edu/sbeconference.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at jessica.watson@nyu.edu.

About the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (scps.nyu.edu/schack) was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, NYU Schack offers graduate degrees—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—as well as graduate certificates in real estate and construction management, all of which enroll nearly 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries, with over 3,000 graduates around the globe. In September 2013, the Schack Institute launched a new B.S. Degree in Real Estate.

Each year, approximately 4,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute’s certificate programs, noncredit courses, intensives, and licensure-related offerings in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering. The Institute also is home to the NYU REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and REITs. NYU Schack is one of several academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU‑SCPS), which offers a broad range of professionally focused undergraduate, graduate, and noncredit offerings.

About the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment
The Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (http://www.scps.nyu.edu/sbe/) was created to respond to the urgent need to bridge the knowledge gap between theories of sustainability and their application in real estate development, investment, and management. The mission of the SBE is to provide a multidisciplinary, collaborative platform to foster innovation and advance the practice of sustainability in the real estate and construction industries through applied research, education, and outreach. The SBE brings together academic, industry, and public sector leaders to address the most pressing issues related to climate change, resource efficiency, and the built environment. In addition to its research program and annual conference, the SBE hosts an annual student competition, a speaker series, and provides a range of graduate and executive education offerings in the field of sustainable real estate.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.