Greening Industry: Sustainable Solutions for NYC’s Manufacturing Community

Greening Industry: Sustainable Solutions for NYC’s Manufacturing Community

Thursday, September 17 2020 2:30 pm

Finding sustainable business solutions is more important now than ever. Whether you are an owner of industrial property in NYC or a tenant in a medium to large sized building, learning how to improve your energy efficiency prepares you and your business for a more sustainable and financial future.

Enacted in 2019, Local Law 97 places carbon caps on most buildings larger than 25,000 sq. ft., requiring properties across NYC to take action to reduce emissions beginning in 2024. Hundreds of NYC manufacturing businesses are in spaces affected by Local Law 97 and is crucially important towards reducing our collective environmental impact.

This Made in NYC webinar brings together experts on industrial energy efficiency to discuss what Local Law 97 is, its implications for industrial property owners and tenants, and highlights programs designed to support local manufacturers to navigate these changes and comply these new requirements.

Fatou Jabbie, USL Technology Inc

Fatou Jabbie is a LEED Accredited Professional in New Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C), with a MSc. in Sustainability Management and a BSc. in Computer Science. Ms. Jabbie has over 15 years’ of experience working in both the private sector and as Founder at USL Technology Inc., a NYC based sustainability and energy efficiency consultancy firm.

In order to address climate change or meet New York City's 80x2050 carbon emission reduction targets; Ms. Jabbie's company delivers project engineering implementations and energy cost savings through the delivery of a more comprehensive range of systems upgrades for commercial, multi-family residential, hotels, supermarkets and industrial building owners while specializing in energy simulation modeling per LEED requirements, smart energy management; NYC sustainability, carbon emission limit and energy local law compliance; improving indoor air quality for occupant and tenant health and wellbeing.

Brian Coleman, Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center

Brian T. Coleman serves as the CEO of the Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center and its related companies. Mr. Coleman joined GMDC in 2003 after sixteen years of experience in economic development, commercial, industrial, and residential development and property management in New York City and New Jersey. He supervises GMDC’s staff and oversees the organization’s building portfolio, organizational operations and real estate development. Prior to joining GMDC, Brian worked in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he oversaw light manufacturing, retail and condominium management and development. Brian also served as the chief executive of a business improvement district, and has held positions with the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation and the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation. He is a Brooklyn native and a graduate of Marist College.

Elissa Knight, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Elissa is a policy advisor on the Strategic Initiatives team and supports the development and implementation of the NYC Accelerator, with particular focus on buildings larger than 25,000 square feet and affordable housing. She received her Masters of Science in Sustainability from Columbia University.

Rebekah Morris, Senior Program Manager, Pratt Center for Community Development

Rebekah Morris is Senior Program Manager at the Pratt Center for Community Development. Her work is centered on supporting low- and moderate-income New Yorkers living in the city’s small residential buildings. This includes designing and implementing EnergyFit NYC, which is an innovative model for increasing energy efficiency retrofits in 1-4 unit homes across New York City; and policy and advocacy work for creating legal and safe basement apartments with the BASE Campaign and the East New York Basement Conversion Pilot.

Rebekah joined Pratt Center in 2013 as a Regional Outreach Coordinator for NYSERDA’s EDGE Program, for which she created and implemented comprehensive outreach strategies that connected NYC’s industrial community to economic development opportunities via the agency’s cleantech, energy efficiency, and R&D programs.