WNY Solar Homes and Green Buildings Tour

As Co- Chair of the WNY Solar Homes and Green Buildings Tour, I would like to take a minute to add some information on my blog about it.

The tour is this Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 10am – 4pm. The tour is the largest in NY and has gained a lot of attention from our parent chapter – NESEA.  We have 43 sites so far, all which can be seen on our website – www.wnysea.com. We are having a kick off awards party which will give away prizes, awards to green buildings and have speakers talk about some innovative projects going on in Western New York. Cool, huh?

Below is the poster for the tour . Additionally, In the next coming months, the WNYSEA organization will also be working on a series of short forums and videos to show to the public. I am working on what I call the “sustainability series” where I plan to have a variety of talks about areas that promote sustainability. I will post more information about that soon enough.

I hope to see everyone there! This is a big deal for Western New York. We can easily be the leaders of the Green Movement in New York, if we just pushed a little harder!


NESEA Annual Meeting Weekend in NYC

So, for those who dont know, I am actively involved in NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) and I am the Co- Track Chair for the Building Energy 12 Conference. I am also a lifetime member of NESEA. The conference is one of the best in the country and the organization is truly a special, inspiring bunch.

We met this weekend for the annual NESEA meeting and to discuss the conference planning. I was happy to see so many friends and take part in many fun things such as walking the highline, a tour of a green building construction site and many hang outs/dinner times.

There are so many young, emerging professionals that I have become friends with. It is inspiring and so exciting. In Buffalo, I can easily be the only one but in NYC, its fun and great to talk and learn with people my age.

Being in New York is refreshing because there is so much going on.. its amazing. The highline was like walking into the future.. I was anxiously awaiting the escalator sidewalks and the ice cream that comes in circles… akthough that didnt happen, the buildings and innovation was very clear.

I was very happy to see so many great public spaces and food carts – something that Buffalo is trying hard to stop. I will be posting a little something about my experiences in New York and how they can help Buffalo create some small, vibrant spaces.

Anyhow, here are the photos.

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