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Tue 09.30.2014

Regional Power to the People: Risks, Options, Solutions


When: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Where: Offsite AIANY Event   

Pace University | Main Auditorium | 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038

A symposium and Combined Heating & Power [CHP] Workshop
Presented by the Pace Energy & Climate Center/Pace Law School, International District Energy Association (IDEA), the AIANY Design for Risk & Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), and the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Two years ago Superstorm Sandy revealed what many already knew - our power grid is vulnerable. There are solutions on the table to make our grid resilient, our buildings self-reliant, and the environment cleaner. We will show you how to get there.

This symposium, first of two events on the grid and its future, identifies multiple risks to the built environment at all scales: regional, local, individual buildings. It explores ways to mitigate these risks through various strategies used in combination with informed design. Among them are political, economic, and community efforts, new micro-grid technologies, as well as CHP (Combined Heating and Power) cogeneration.

This first program will provide much-needed information to architects, engineers, building owners, government agencies and community rebuilding leaders throughout New York City and the region who are working toward the goals of the NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) and the NYS 2100 Commission Report. We will examine current governmental positions, funding opportunities, and requirements for design professionals and building owners. Participants will gain a working knowledge of policy, process, and key technologies for their current and future projects.

In the afternoon, speakers will present specific technologies in current projects. IDEA will conduct a workshop that will examine specific projects brought by pre-enrolled attendees to assess vulnerability, propose options, and explore ways to finance advanced alternatives.

The symposium will feature experts ranging from lawyers, advocates, economists, architects, engineer, to Homeland Security, Con Edison, and Security specialists. Among these experts are Thomas Bourgeois, director of Pace Law School’s Energy and Climate Center; Hillary Lobo, ARUP; Jason Vollen, AECOM; Donald Watson, FAIA, Earthrise; Dr. Beka Kosanovic, co-director of the Northeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership; Dr. Michael McDonald, Chairman of Global Resilience Initiatives, and Laxmi Rao, Director of International District Energy Association

Our partner’s statement: More than a think tank, the Pace Energy & Climate Center turns ideas into action. We believe thoughtful engagement of government and key stakeholders leads to better public policy. We conduct research and analysis on legal, regulatory and policy matters because thorough, objective analyses are essential to finding solutions to today’s complex energy and climate change challenges. We bring decision makers and stakeholders together because achieving results often entails learning together and finding common ground. We are lawyers, economists, scientists and energy analysts, committed to achieving real-world progress. Please link to:


Thomas Bourgeois, Dept. Director at the Pace Energy and Climate Center, Director of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Northeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership
Dr. Beka Kosanovic, Research Professor in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Dept. at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Co-Director of the Northeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership and Director of the Industrial Assessment Center.
Donald Watson, FAIA, NCARB
, Principal at EarthRise and 2014 recipient of the American Solar Energy Society’s “Passive Solar Pioneer Award”.
Hillary Lobo, PE, Principal at ARUP
Steven Gutkin
, Associate Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness
Dana Levy
, Project Manager for Industrial Research at NYSERDA
Dr. Michael McDonald, Chairman of Global Resilience Initiatives
Laxmi Rao, Director of International District Energy Association (IDEA)
James Brennan, Department Manager, DG ConEdison


8:30 AM Sign-In and Continental Breakfast

Session One
9:00 AM
Welcome, Lance Jay Brown FAIA, 2014 President AIANY
9:10 AM Event Overview and Goals of the day, Illya Azaroff, Co-Chair DfRR
9:30 AM “The Big Picture” Overview, Tom Bourgeois + Dr. Beka Kosanovic
10:00 AM 10 minute Presentations
11:15 AM
 Plenary Discussion

12:30 PM Lunch Break

Session Two
1:30 PM CHP Assessment Presentation, Laxmi Rao + Dr. Beka Kosanovic
2:00 PM PACE/ IDEA Presentation and Roundtable Project Screening
2:00 PM
 Innovation Grid Presentations

  • Jason Vollen
  • Hillary Lobo
  • James Brennan

2:45 PM SOM Presenter (To Be Confirmed)
3:00 PM  Q&A from the Audience
3:30 PM Adjourn, Thank You, Tom Bourgeois + Illya Azaroff

Save the date: on October 29th – Sandy’s anniversary – the second power grid-related program will be held at the Center for Architecture. More information to follow.

Co-Organized by: Pace Energy & Climate Center/Pace Law School, International District Energy Association (IDEA), the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Price: $50 for AIA members, PACE, and IDEA affiliates; $75 for non-members; Free for Students


This pro­gram is presented in conjunction with the Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, AIANY Chapter 2014 pres­i­den­tial theme “Civic Spirit: Civic Vision


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