NYIT Energizes Sustainable Initiatives

Drury Crawley of the U.S. Department of Energy discusses sustainable practices in the construction industry.

Scientists, alumni, business leaders, government officials, and students converged at NYIT-Manhattan on June 4 for the university’s fifth annual energy conference, held at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. This year’s theme, “Building a Sustainable Future,” provided a forum for experts to discuss challenges and potential solutions to issues surrounding climate change, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and sustainable initiatives in architecture, business, and engineering.

Violinist Kenji Williams presents "Bella Gaia: A Poetic Vision of Earth from Space" at the conclusion of NYIT's energy conference.

Frank Zeman, director of NYIT’s Center for Metropolitan Sustainability and associate professor of energy management, opened the day with a call to action to explore initiatives via partnerships and open discussion. Among the day’s presenters was Wendy Williams, author of Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound, who discussed the decade-long struggle to develop a wind farm in Cape Cod, Mass. “Although there are a number of offshore wind projects throughout the United States that appear to be progressing, none will be able to move until Cape Wind is able to,” said Williams.

Diana Pangestu, Energy Smart communities coordinator for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, introduced the Green New York program, a $112 million state legislative program to develop a green economy in New York.

Conference sponsors included Metro Fuel Oil Corp., NORESCO, Santander Bank, EmPower Solar, New York Community Bank Foundation, U.S. Green Building of New York, the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, the Association of Energy Engineers, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

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