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green building conference


Thursday, March 29th

Keynote Speaker

Paul Anastas

Paul Anastas, Ph.D., will speak at the 10th Annual New York State Green Building Conference on March 29, 2012.

Anastas earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Brandeis University and is a synthetic organic chemist. He joined the Yale University faculty in 2007 and is now the director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, and the inaugural Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Anastas has also been appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development and as a science advisor to the EPA.

As the “Father of Green Chemistry,” Anastas has been recognized nationally and internationally for his many contributions to science and the environment, as well as for his innovative research on the design, manufacture, and use of minimally toxic, environmentally friendly chemicals

Plenary Speaker

Dan Phillips

Dan Phillips, a Texas-based designer and builder whose creative work embodies environment, social, and economic passion, will speak on March 30, 2012.

Together with his wife, he founded The Phoenix Commotion, a building initiative that builds affordable houses for single parents, artists, and low-income families using reclaimed and recycled materials. Having been associated with the construction industry in many capacities for over twenty years, he is now concentrating on using one social problem to solve another, with his low-income housing initiative.

His projects have been featured in Fine Homebuilding, People, The New York Times, Natural Home, Houston House and Home, Change Magazine, Reason, and many others--as well as on CBS, ABC, HGTV, CNN, PBS, TNN, The Texas Country Reporter, and The Discovery Channel.

He has been commended both nationally and internationally for his numerous accomplishments which include the 2003 Award for the Most Innovative Housing Model Worldwide by the Institute for Social Invention in London. And in 2010 he received the Edison Green Award in New York, sponsored by Rutgers University, and the Environmental Excellence Award sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Check out his TED talk