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green building conference

Speakers New York State Green Building Conference
9th Annual  |  March 24-25, 2011

Doubletree Hotel Syracuse
6301 State Route 298
East Syracuse, New York, United States 13057

Friday, March 25, 2011, 8:30 - 9:30 AM Keynote presenter, James Howard Kunstler in the Harbour Ballroom

Keynote and Plenary Speakers:

James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler
Urban Planning Expert Social Critic Author Journalist

“The future will require us to build better places, or the future will belong to other people in other societies.”

—James Howard Kunstler

The well-known author of The Geography of Nowhere (Simon & Schuster, 1993) and Home from Nowhere (Simon & Schuster, 1996), James Howard Kunstler, has long been recognized as a fierce critic of suburban sprawl and the high costs associated with an automobile-centric culture. Now training his eye on the permanent global oil crisis, Kunstler’s book, The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of the Oil Age, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-first Century (2005), expands on his past critiques of suburbia by exploring the sweeping economic, political and social changes that will result from the end of access to cheap fossil fuels and the impact this will have on the way we live, work, farm and build. In spring 2008 the Atlantic Monthly Press published Kunstler's tenth novel, World Made By Hand,a story set in America's post-oil future.  The follow up, The Witch of Hebron, will be published this fall.

Mr. Kunstler has lectured extensively about urban design, energy issues and new economies for the TED Conference, the American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the National Association of Science and Technology and other professional organizations as well as at numerous colleges and universities, including Yale, MIT, Harvard, Cornell, University of Illinois, DePaul, Texas A & M, West Point, and Rutgers University among many others. A seasoned journalist, he continues to write for The Atlantic Monthly, Slate.com, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and the Op-Ed page where he writes about issues related to the environment, urban planning and the economy.

"Kunstler, like George Orwell, understands that being honest about the past and present is the only way to prepare ourselves for an uncertain future." —David Ehrenfeld (Professor of Biology, Rutgers University), American Scientist

"A wonderfully entertaining useful and provocative account of the ravaging of the American environment by the auto, suburban developers, purblind zoning and corporate pirates." —Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe


"Wake up America: We're driving towards disaster" Washington Post article

FACT SHEET with publication list

Paintings by James Howard Kuntsler



Wayne Trusty

Wayne Trusty

With a Masters degree in economics and almost 40 years of experience in such diverse fields as resource industry economics and policy, water resources, transportation, energy policy and markets, and regional development, Wayne Trusty now serves as President of the ATHENA Sustainable Materials Institute and its U.S. affiliate, Athena Institute International.

He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor on the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design, a member of the board of the Green Building Initiative, and Chair of the Technical Committee established in the U.S. to take the Green Globes rating system through a full American National Standards Institute process.

He serves on the Metrics and Life Cycle Assessment task force for CaGBC and, until recently, on the LEED Resources and Materials Technical Advisory Group in the United States. Wayne is a member of several other standards setting organizations, is past chairman of an international technical committee examining the use of LCA with regard to building materials and products, and was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Materials Flow Accounting.


Thursday, March 24th 3rd Annual Deconstruction Summit Presenters:(Bios and photos linked on agenda page)

Dr. Robert Falk, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service

Friday, March 25th Conference Presenters: (Bios and photos linked on agenda page)

Gregory A. Pedrick, C.E.M., R&D Buildings Forest Manager, NYSERDA

Jessica Millman, The Agora Group

Scot Case, TerraChoice

Michelle Jones, Energy Manager, Office of Facilities, Ithaca College

Pam Campbell, Senior Associate, Cook+Fox Architects, LLP

John D. Manning, PE, LEED AP, Earth Sensitive Solutions

Chris Rdzanek, LEED AP, Director of Museum Facilities, The Wild Center

Maureen M. Mahle, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Michael Stiller, IES, LEED AP, Principal Michael Stiller Design

Susan L. Weaver, PE, LEED AP, Barton & Loguidice, P.C.

Neil Chambers, LEED AP, Chambers Design, Inc.

Kirk Narburgh, AIA, ASLA, LEED AP, King and King Architects