9.22.14: Pratt Institute PSPD Green Infrastructure Fellows attended the Opening of the ‘House of Green’ Exhibit at Urban Future Lab (the NY center for the cleantech community. The House of Green showcases green Danish technology encompassing energy, water, climate and the environment; and marks a partnership between NYC and Copenhagen to solve these issues of urban development, sustainability, resiliency and climate change.
Green Infrastructure Fellows were in attendance to join the conversation on green technologies, especially as Pratt constructs a Green Roof and retrofits a Permeable Pavement Lot on campus this semester.
NYC Cleantech Opportunities is a forum for entrepreneurs, investors, industry insiders, and others involved in the renewable energy industry. Danish Royalty, Copenhagen City Officials, and Bjarke Ingels of BIG were in attendance.
Join LEAP for a Sustainability Crash Course on March 29, 1:15pm – 2:45pm at the Engineer Building!
Be sure to register HERE!
Passive House Panel:
The Passive House concept represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%. Widespread application of the Passive House design would have a dramatic impact on energy conservation. The Passive House panel will discuss applied concepts of the passive house design throughout the speakers' career. We will have two insights of the entrepreneurship path of the building performance industry from the architect, founder of 475 High Performance Building Supply and President of the NY Passive House, Ken Levenson; and the civil-environmental engineer and certified passive house designer Marty Rowland.
Ken is president of NY Passive House, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the Passive House standard, and a founding volunteer of the American Passive House Network. Ken regularly lectures on the Passive House standard and building science. Ken is also the COO at 475 High Performance Building Supply, a company dedicated to providing those products that help transform green building into high-performance building across the US.
Marty Rowland is a certified passive house designer, currently working with the NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation, and as an adjunct professor of environmental science at Pace University. He is also a licensed professional civil and environmental engineer who worked in the aerospace industry for 28 years. Dr. Rowland is an expert in collective use of common natural resources, having researched water management in Tampa and Baton Rouge. The point of view he will be expressing today concerns how the passive house movement necessarily needs to become the rule rather than the exception in the American construction industry; he has ideas on how that could happen.
Interested in Anerobic Digestion?
Then Be Sure to Check Out the
Brooklyn Biogas Workshop
|Date/Time:||Saturday April 26 (9-5) & Sunday April 27 (9-3)|
Biogas is “the original natural gas”. Put together materials similar to those used in making a compost pile, keep the stuff warm, wet, and away from the air, and bingo: a burnable gas is produced. Use it anywhere you might use fossil natural gas, but without the fracking.
On the weekend of April 26th-27th, in Brooklyn NY, David House, the author of The Complete Biogas Handbook (referred to by some as “the bible of biogas”), will be offering a biogas workshop. The first day of the workshop offers complete information about how to understand, successfully make and properly use biogas. David will show you examples of and provide plans you can use to make any of the four most common types of small scale biogas digesters (the sealed containers used to make biogas).
New laws and a changing approach to the environment in NYC (see information below) will mean that more of those who generate the kind of waste useful to make biogas— food waste from restaurants, for example— will need to be prepared to make changes. What if you knew how to build a digester and generate biogas from that food waste? David will show you the example of a small resturant in Oregon where, from food they are presently throwing away, they could generate perhaps 18,000 cubic feet of biogas every month!.
The second day will be mostly hands-on, but first you will learn the astonishing benefits of biogas, worldwide. Then those who have purchased a $30 kit will build their very own (it’s-yours-so-take-it-home) core for a very low-cost biogas digester. (If these digester cores are kept warm and well fed, they can produce enough gas for a family of 2 or 3 to cook all their meals, but the kits do not include insulation, a gas storage unit, stoves or other appliances.) Everyone who attends will get a copy of the Complete Biogas Handbook, and a CD containing the world’s best free information on biogas. Zero to biogas in two days!
Finally, at this workshop, a new, inexpensive, well insulated, 2 cubic meter digester design will be shown, and every participant will be given plans showing how to build it from widely available low-cost materiasl: a $175 value! (Kits will also be available.)
For further details or to sign up, please visit the complete biogas web site, at completebiogas.com/workshops.html. (Or if you wish, you can sign up by using the buttons, just below.)
|Cost:||$215 for two days, going from zero to biogas. Do you think that's too much? Well, here’s the thing. We are offering a satisfaction guarentee. If you're not satisfied that everything we have given you and that you are learning are worth the cost, then simply return all items to us by lunchtime on the first day, and we will refund your money.|
Use this button to register and pay for the two-day workshop!
Use this button to buy a digester core kit (limit 20 for the whole workshop!)
Meet our Spring 2014 Green Infrastructure Fellows here!
A Tale of Two Cities: Closing the Gap is a Public Lecture series that will explore how the DeBlasio Administration – and new City Council – can address the 2 Cities gap, in the areas of solid waste and climate justice, planning, broad legislation and affordable housing.
For lecture dates, times and details click HERE!
Friday Febuary 28th 6-8 pm Pratt Mannhattan 213
Friday March 7th 6-8 pm Pratt Brooklyn HHN 406
Friday March 28th 6-8 pm Pratt Manhattan Room 213
Friday April 11 6-8 pm Pratt Manhattan Room 213
This Fall, Pratt PSPD’s introductory courses in City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation focused their studies on the Lower East Side. The Historic Preservation program’s Documentation/Interpretation course worked in tandem with the Fundamentals studio to address issues focused on the needs of public housing tenants in the area, using a historic preservation lens. Check out the website below for the culmination of the Documentation/Interpretation course’s work!