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Agenda At A Glance

Seminar on Green and Sustainable Schools II
and the 6th Annual Green Building Conference


March 27-28, 2008

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter to host the Annual Green Building Conference on Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28, 2008.

The program will be reviewed for continuing education credits for Engineers, Architects and Landscape Architects. Certificates will be issued pending review. *Pending review, Thursday's program may be assessed for 6.0 PDUs, 6.0 LUs or .6 CEUs and Friday's program may earn 6.5 PDUs, 6.5 LUs or 0.65 CEUs (PDUs are Professional Development Units for Engineers, LUs are Learning Units for Landscape Architects and Architects and CEUs are Continuing Education Units, as defined by the NYS Office of the Professions).

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sustainability in our Community: Green and Sustainable Schoolsimageimage
Thursdays program was brought to you in part, by a grant from the US Department of Labor and acollaboration of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY).

Conference Session and Room
7:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast in Atrium
8:15 am

Welcome and Overview in Ballroom West

  • Chuck Spuches, Associate Dean, Outreach, SUNY-ESF
  • Robert Meyer, Professor, Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering, SUNY-ESF

Green Government: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, and Where We Are Going
Patricia Mosley, Director, Onondaga County Division of Purchase

8:45 am

Integrated School Design: The Key to Green Strategies That Cost Less in Ballroom West
Michael H. Nicklas, FAIA, Principal, Innovative Design, Inc.

*1.5 PDUs, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs pending review

With the experience that comes from being involved in the design of 100 green schools, our firm has learned many important lessons – none more important than the fact that green doesn’t always have to cost more. In fact, we have been able to integrate numerous sustainable design strategies while keeping our projects 5% under budget. This presentation will lay out fifty sustainable design strategies that we have implemented in schools that initially cost less to build than conventional, non-sustainable strategies.
10:30am Break in the foyer with tabletop displays
10:45 am

LEED for Schools: Let's Get Specific! in Ballroom West
Diane Brandli, ASID, CID, LEED AP, Director of Interior Design, Ashley McGraw Architects, P.C.

*1.5 PDH, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs pending review

This presentation will focus on strategies and products to assist in achieving some of the LEED for Schools credits in the “Materials & Resources” and “Indoor Environmental Quality” categories.We will also discuss why these strategies and products are important for occupant health and well being, improvement in test scores, community enrichment, environmental protection and the school district’s bottom line. The information presented will be taken from case studies and personal experiences.

12:00 pm

Formal Lunch in Ballroom East

  • Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chairman, US Green Building Council
1:15 pm

Keys to Good School Daylighting in Ballroom West
Part A
Michael H. Nicklas, FAIA, Principal, Innovative Design, Inc.

*1.5 PDUs, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs pending review - Part A and Part B

Daylighting can be one of the best strategies that you implement in a school. But to achieve the energy and productivity benefits that are possible, your daylighting strategies must be implemented correctly. There is a big difference between view windows and strategies that optimally allow controlled daylight to enter a space in a manner actually deceases cooling demand and does not create glare and contrast problems. This session will discuss the benefits of daylighting but mainly focus on enhancing the attendees’ knowledge about practical, cost-effective, state-of-the-art daylighting design practices.
2:15 pm

Break in the foyer with tabletop displays

2:25 pm Keys to Good School Daylighting in Ballroom West
Part B
Michael H. Nicklas, FAIA, Principal, Innovative Design, Inc.
3:10 pm

Sustainability Through the K-16 Education System in Ballroom West

  • President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., SUNY-ESF
  • President Raymond Cross, President, SUNY Morrisville
4:10 pm


Jeremy Harris, former Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii in Ballroom West

*1.5 PDH, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs pending review

5:25 pm Reception served in the foyer

Friday, March 28, 2008
Sustainability in our Community: Schools, Neighborhoods, and Public Spaces

Conference Session and Room
8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast in Atrium
8:00 - 9:30 am

Community sustainability efforts: Plans and Progress in Ballroom West

Architect Credits to be administered by Ashley McGraw Architects and *1.5 PDUs, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs for Engineers and Landscape Architects to be adminsitered by SUNY-ESF pending review

Welcome and Introductory remarks by Dr. Robert Meyer, SUNY-ESF

Panel Presenters:

  • Fernando Ortiz, Commissioner of Community Development
  • Andrew Maxwell, Neighborhood Planner and TNT Coordinator
  • Robert Haley, Urban Design Center of Syracuse (UDC)
  • Dean Biancavilla, Urban Design Center of Syracuse (UDC)

 SDAT (Sustainability Design Assessment Team) update and progress report from Commissioner Ortiz.

Recent Planning and Sustainability including County Settlement Plan by Andres Duany of 2001, the City Comprehensive Plan and components of 2002-6, the SDAT initiative of 2006, and UDC case studies in sustaining neighborhoods and historic resources.

9:30 am Break in the foyer with tabletop displays
9:45-11:15 am

Panel presentation of the Near West Side Initiative in Classroom 4, 5, 6

*1.5 PDUs, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs pending review

Panel Moderator and Members:

  • Ed Bogucz, Moderator, Center of Excellence,
    • Paul Driscoll , Home Headquarters,
    • Marilyn Higgins, Syracuse University,
    • Tim Benson, Syracuse Center of Excellence
    • Julia Czerniak, Syracuse University

 The Near West Side Initiative - What is it?

Panel members will discuss projects underway to develop and revitalize a community neighborhood of 200 acres located between Fayette Street, Geddes Street and West Street in Syracuse, NY.

11:15-12:30 pm

LEED for Neighborhood Development in Classroom 4, 5, 6

*1 PDH, 1 LUs or 0.1 CEUs pending review

Speakers: Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green and a LEED–ND core committee member, Kevin Stack and Josh Stack, Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC

12:30 -1:30 pm Luncheon Banquet in Classrooms 1, 2, 3
1:30 - 2:00 pm Award Ceremony to follow presented by Tracy Hall and Chief Oren Lyons
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Tom Kubala, The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc. , Architect who designed the Aldo Leopold Center

*1 PDH, 1 LUs or 0.1 CEUs pending review

3:00 pm Break in the foyer with tabletop displays
3:30 - 5:00 pm Concurrent presentations on focused topics:
Classroom 5

Sustainability Academy

*1.5 PDUs, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs pending review

Speakers: Ken Bobis, Architecture and Interior Design, O.C.C., Mark Naef, Greg Michel

Come find out what the Sustainability Academy is all about.

The Sustainability Academy is a series of educational seminars to be delivered to interested Syracuse home owners in an effort to increase sustainability within our own community.  The 6 week series will provide groups of experts in sustainability practices in focused sessions that can be used in our own households and neighborhoods. 

Sustainable living topics will range from practical tools that anyone can use in daily living to more esoteric topics such as green building strategies for neighborhoods.  The topics covered such as: home energy audits, planting and harvesting a vegetable garden, securing grant funds or tax incentives to purchase a first “green” home, and other empowering topics will be explored by 3-6 presenters in each session. 


Classroom 6

How the Architects can Stop Global Warming- (Architecture 2030)- David Ashley, LEED AP and Peter Larson of Ashley McGraw Architect, P.C.

*1.5 PDUs, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs pending review

David C. Ashley, AIA, LEED  has given lectures and seminars on green building principles, including the E-4 Conferences for EBA and NYSERDA, NYSERDA Green School presentations, lectures at SUNY ESF, AIA, CSI, ASID, subcontractors’ associations and Society of Military Engineers. He regularly conducts classes on becoming a LEED Accredited Professional. He assists in sustainable issues on all of his firm’s projects. One such current project is the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems which is being designed to achieve a LEED platinum level certification.

Peter E. Larson, AIA, LEED AP is the leader of Ashley McGraw Architects’ Advanced Building Studio. This studio is a separate consultancy within Ashley McGraw, committed to implementing the firm’s goal of creating zero carbon footprint, zero fossil fuel energy, environmentally responsible buildings on both Ashley McGraw’s projects and as a consultant to other architects and building owners.

Classroom 4
Bold Landscaping—Dramatic Impact and Reduced Maintenance

Speaker: Terry L. Ettinger, Principal Horticulture

Consulting Services

*1.5 PDUs, 1.5 LUs or 0.15 CEUs pending review

Using the Oncenter convention complex landscape installation as a case study, this presentation will illustrate how replacing 15,000 square feet of turf with nearly 10,000 shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and spring-flowering bulbs has reduced maintenance costs while creating a visually stunning landscape that relates to the seasons and provides plant materials for other county facilities.