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Sustainability Practice Network: 2013-14 Meeting Program

September 13, 2013
Ride On NYC CitiBike Share Panel

October 15, 2013
Urban Redevelopment – How the Eco-District Model Can Drive Economic Growth

November 19, 2013
New York City's Road to Resiliency

February 18, 2014
Environmental Policy Predictions NYC 2014

April 16, 2014
The Tale of Two Cities: Turning Rhetoric into Reality

April 25, 2014
Slow Money Panel Discussion: Anatomy of a Deal: Financing Sustainable Food

May 8, 2014
Cleaning the Canal: Who Pays for Gowanus?

September 3, 2014
'Under the Hood: Corporate Sustainability 2014'

October 8, 2014
'Obama's Climate Plan: State Action, Grassroots Opportunities'



September 17 2013, 6-8 pm
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Ride On NYC CitiBike Share Panel
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Venue: Baruch College's Library Building, 151 E 25th Street (between Lex and 3rd), Room 750

Confirmed Panelists: Justin Ginsburg, Project Director, Alta; Charles Komanoff, Komanoff Energy Associates

Invited Panelists: John Orcott, Policy Director NYC DOT; Valerie Smith Director, Corporate Sustainability at Citi; Hillary Brown, Director NS Program in Sustainability CUNY

Moderator: TBA

Video Ride On: NYC's CitiBike Share Program Video

In May 2013, after nearly two years of planning and intensive public input, the much-anticipated New York City bike sharing program, sponsored primarily by Citi and thus named Citi Bike, launched with roughly 6000 bicycles and 600 docking stations in Midtown, Lower Manhattan and West Brooklyn with plans to expand further north and east. Operated by NYC Bike Share LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alta Bicycle Share, Citi Bike is the most high-profile bike sharing program in the US and, arguably, the world, joining existing systems in Hangzhou, Mexico City, London, Washington, D.C., Boston, Melbourne, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal and many others.

In the few months since its launch, the program has added 65,000 annual members and hosted over 1.5 million cumulative trips, with daily trips increasing from roughly 6,000 at launch to over 40,000 by the end of July, capturing the attention of city planners, commuters and environmentalists across the country. Yet, many city residents are still not convinced whether Citi Bike will benefit the city as a whole and not just a small segment of the population.

Advocates expect the program to improve commute times, lessen crowding on public transportation and reduce congestion and pollution from New York 's streets. According to New York City 's Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, the program will generate approximately $36 million in economic activity and create 170 new jobs in the first year.

What are the long- and short-term implications of the Citi Bike program for New Yorkers' health, wealth and happiness? Will New York be changed forever, while leading a nationwide turn toward bicycle commuting? Can the program survive without its heavy corporate subsidies? How will the program affect the real estate market? What are the next steps in this commuting rediscovery?

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October 15 2013, 6-8 pm
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Urban Redevelopment –
How the Eco-District Model Can Drive Economic Growth

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Host
NYU / Stern Social Enterprise Association

Venue: Vanderbilt Hall Room 214 at NYU Law, 40 Washington Square South

Confirmed Panelists: Michelle Canizio; Chief of Sustainability Initiatives, NYCHA; Margaret Jolly, Distributed Generation Ombudsman, Con Edison; Tria Case, University Director of Sustainability, City University of New York ; Cameron Thomson, Sustainability Consultant, Arup; Nathan Taft, Director of Acquisitions, Jonathan Rose Companies;

Invited Panelists: Jake Baker Assistant Vice President, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management; Daniel Hernandez, Managing Director of Rose Urban Solutions, Jonathon Rose Company;

Moderator: Llewellyn Wells, Founder - Living City Block, Co-Founder - Urban Energy Systems Corporation

Despite the increasing interest in climate change, green building, and sustainability, the redevelopment community continues to struggle with integrating environmentally sensitive features into the built environment. Stakeholders find it difficult to define and adopt what proves to be a complex and costly arena, let alone quantify and report on the effectiveness of sustainability metrics.

Case studies from around the world have shown that eco-districts reap economic and financial gains. In addition, they have the benefits of supporting a growing population density while maintaining quality of life, spreading the use of natural resources more efficiently, fostering healthy living, and providing grounds for innovation and evolution of cities. What are the key elements of an eco-district that lends itself to economic growth? Can eco-districts be implemented in NYC? How can the various stakeholders, from developers to community organizations, work together to foster regenerative sustainable neighborhoods? How can these projects be incentivized as well as funded?

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November 19 2013, 6-8 pm
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New York City's Road to Resiliency
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Host
NYU / Stern Social Enterprise Association

Venue: Bard College – 1150 Sixth Avenue (44 /45 Sts) 5th floor

Confirmed Panelists: Roland Lewis, President, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance ; Adam Friedberg, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Principal Arup;

Invited Panelists: Daniel Zarrilli Director of Resiliency at NYC Office of the Mayor; Ernest Tollerson, Director, Environmental Sustainability & Compliance; Laurie Kerr, Director of the City Energy Project, Natural Resources Defense Council; Valerie Smith, Director Corporate Sustainability, Citigroup;

Moderator: Eban Goodstein, Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Following the devastation from Hurricane Sandy on the New York City region, the second costliest hurricane in United States history, Mayor Bloomberg convened the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) to "analyze the impacts of the storm on the city's buildings, infrastructure, and people; assess the risks the city faces from climate change in the medium term (2020s) and long term (2050s); and outline ambitious, comprehensive, but achievable strategies for increasing resiliency citywide."

In June, 2013, eight months after the storm, the Mayor's office released the updated version of PlaNYC: A Stronger, More Resilient New York. In the same month, Urban Green's Building Resiliency Task Force's Report "for making New York buildings and residents safer and better prepared for the next extreme weather event" was officially considered by the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings.

The reports' proposals include suggestions on updating building codes, raising homes, minimizing wind damage, reassessing flood plains, controlling stormwater, planning reliable and flexible power systems, protecting and managing water resources, and improving emergency management procedures and systems. Further concerns such as food delivery systems, transportation services, healthcare accessibility, school closings / reopenings and government assistance access and availability also need to be addressed before the next major weather event.

Join our panel of experts to address the contents of these reports and access New York's progress in answering the critical questions: "Where were we?" "Where are we?" and "Where should we be?" before the next major storm.

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February 18 2014, 6-8 pm
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Environmental Policy Predictions NYC 2014
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Host
Bard College
Center for Environmental Policy

Venue: Bard College – 1150 Sixth Avenue (44 /45 Sts) 5th floor

Invited Panelists: Laurie Kerr, Director, City Energy Project, National Resources Defense Council; Cecil Scheib, Chief Program Director, Urban Green Council; Marcia Bystryn, Executive Director, New York League of Conservation Voters; Carter Strickland, Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection

Moderator: Eban Goodstein - Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

As Mayor de Blasio has begun to make appointments, the sustainability community is watching to see what his environmental agenda will be. How do Mayor de Blasio's recent appointments align with his campaign's "Framework for a Sustainable City"? What will it take to successfully translate his campaign rhetoric into the no nonsense business realities of NYC? Will Mayor de Blasio build on Bloomberg's environmental sustainability record? Will de Blasio's track record as a city councilman translate into his environmental promises? Or with the economy still struggling will some environmental programs be scaled back?

Though climate change was not a sound bite during the campaign; environmental issues will likely gain more traction in the months ahead, especially after NYC recently experienced several of the worst winter storms on record, which many see as another harbinger of climate change.

Please join environmental experts in a discussion looking back at Bloomberg's environmental record and looking forward to de Blasio's environmental promises.

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April 16 2014, 6-8 pm
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'The Tale of Two Cities: Turning Rhetoric into Reality'
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Host
Baruch College
Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity

Venue: Baruch College's Library Building, 151 E 25th Street (between Lex and 3rd), Room 750

Panelists: Miquela Craytor, Vice President, Center for Economic Transformation, NYCEDC; June O'Neil - Professor of Economics Baruch College l CUNY Graduate Center, Wollman Distinguished Chair in Economics, Director of the Center for the Study of Business and Government at the Zicklin School of Business; David R. Jones, President, Community Service Society; Valerie Smith, Director Corporate Sustainability, Citigroup; Greg Larkin, Innovation Product Development, Bloomberg LLP;

Moderator: Nicole Gelinas, Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Contributing Editor City Journal

Income inequality is the topic of the day globally, throughout the nation and in our city. The World Economic Forum's Global Risks 2014 report notes that "Widening gaps between the richest and poorest citizens threaten social and political stability as well as economic development." In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama said "…corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened." Here in New York City, Mayor de Blasio was elected in large-part due to his criticism of "the two New Yorks" and his promises to work to correct the increasing income disparity in this city.

What will it take to turn de Blasio's rhetoric into reality? Can he substantially improve life in New York City for the nearly 2 million residents living below the poverty line? Can he protect and restore the disappearing middle class? Can the Mayor accomplish all of this without alienating Wall Street and keep the city solvent and avoid a repeat of the catastrophic budget failures that have plagued the city's past? Join us on April 16th as the Sustainability Practice Network and Baruch College's Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity convene a panel to address these questions and more.

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April 25 2014
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Anatomy of a Deal: Financing Sustainable Food
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Host
Slow Money NYC

The Sustainability Practice Network and Slow Money NYC would like to invite you to a Panel Discussion entitled, "Anatomy of a Deal: Financing Sustainable Food," April 25, 2014 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm at The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Screening Room, Cellar Level). RSVP and Buy Tickets Here.

This expert panel highlights a unique Case Study demonstrating how a sustainable food entrepreneur was able to successfully aggregate diverse funding from both Foundations and Investors. Central to the discussion will be an analysis of how entrepreneurs can address Three "E" Returns on Investment -- Equitable, Environmental and Economic -- to create the opportunity for this type of "integrated" financing for social enterprise.

In a rare glimpse of how a collaborative financing deal has been put together, we have assembled all of the parties who made the transaction a success:

The panel is part of a day-long Food + Enterprise Gathering on April 25, 2014 as part of 3rd Food Book Fair, exploring the potential for enhanced collaboration amongst multiple stakeholders aiming to change the local food system -- Entrepreneurs, Consultants, Foundations and Investors. Related events include an Entrepreneur Clinic and a Pitch Competition. Register for Day Pass Here.

Food + Enterprise has been planned with amazing partners such as Food Book Fair, Grow NYC, NRDC, Community Food Funders, Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders and the Sustainabilty Practice Network.

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May 8 2014
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Cleaning the Canal: Who Pays for Gowanus?
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Host
Baruch College, Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrit
Steve L Newman Real Estate Institute

Venue: 14-220 of Baruch College's Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave. (enter on 24th or 25th Street). A map and directions can be found online. When you arrive on campus, please check in at the public safety desk. Then take the elevator to the 14th floor where you will immediately see the registration desk.

Invited Panelists: Brian E. Carr - Assistant Regional Counsel, United States Environmental Protection Agency; Marcia Bystryn - President, New York League of Conservation Voters; Lawrence Schnapf - Principal, Schnapf LLC; Walter Hang, President, Toxics Targeting

Moderator: David Rosenberg, Associate Director of the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity

The Gowanus Canal, a nearly two mile body of water in Brooklyn, is one of the most polluted sites in New York City. In 2010 the Canal was placed on the EPA's Superfund Priorities List. With this designation, the EPA can compel parties responsible for the pollution to pay for the Canal's cleanup. Holding the appropriate parties responsible, however, is not a simple matter.

The Canal has been the entryway for contaminants almost continuously since the nineteenth century. Determining which entities – factories, shippers, New York City itself – caused harm and determining their proportion of liability is almost impossible decades after the event. Indeed, many of the original polluters are companies that no longer exist. Nonetheless, the EPA is in the process of identifying "potentially responsible parties" and is prepared to bring legal action to force them to pay their share of the cleanup.

The EPA's actions raise a number of compelling legal, ethical and policy issues regarding our approach to the restoration of polluted public areas. On May 8th Baruch College's Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, in partnership with the Sustainability Practice Network, will convene a panel to address the question of who should pay for the Gowanus Canal cleanup.

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September 3 2014
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'Under the Hood: Corporate Sustainability 2014'
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Venue: Baruch College's Library Building, 151 E 25th Street (between Lex and 3rd),
Room 750.

Invited Panelists: Lorraine Smith, Senior Director, SustainAbility; Michael Deane, Vice President, Chief of Sustainability, Turner Construction Company, Su Gao, Senior ESG Analyst, Bloomberg LP; Davida Heller, Ass’t VP, Corporate Sustainability, Citi; Tessie Petion, Vice President, Responsible Investment Research & MIS, Domini Social Investments;

Moderator: Max Driscoll, Director of Sustainability, Croxton Collaborative Architects

In the last decade, the market conditions driving corporate and global sustainability - climate change, stakeholder pressure for transparency and accountability, resource constraints, security, world health and globalization - have become increasingly more apparent and identifiable. At the same time, there is a corresponding corporate awareness that developing a strategic response to these conditions will result in greater brand equity and stock price, better quality of life, healthier ecosystems and more resilient infrastructure for all company stakeholders – including investors and customers, employees and business partners, and the communities it serves.

According to KPMG 95% of the top 250 companies globally are reporting their sustainability performance. Does this mean we can collectively breathe a sigh of relief? Are corporations finally getting it? Maybe, maybe not. McKinsey and Company’s most recent Global Survey Results showed that while many companies view sustainability as a priority, most are failing to incorporate it into their core business practices, services, and products.

This panel will explore the workplace culture, technology and processes essential to optimize strategy execution to enhance environmental, social and economic performance. What impact are (ESG) metrics having on Wall Street’s demand to deliver immediate financial results at the expense of longer term prosperity? How are leaders in corporate sustainability addressing internal realities and the pressure from Wall Street? What are the specific lessons they've learned and how can that learning be shared? Join us on September 3rd as the Sustainability Practice Network and Baruch College's Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity convene a panel to address these questions and more.

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October 8, 2014
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'Obama's Climate Plan: State Action, Grassroots Opportunities'
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Venue: Bard College – 1150 Sixth Avenue (44 /45 Sts) 5th floor

Invited Panelists: Monique Segarra, Policy Faculty, Bard Center for Environmental Policy; David Goldston, Director, Government Affairs, National Resources Defense Council; Josh Klainberg, Sr Vice President, New York League of Conservation Voters; Sergej Mahnovski, Director, Utilities of the Future, Con Edison; Rob Freudenberg, Director Energy and Environment, Regional Plan Association;

Moderator: Eban Goodstein - Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, released in June 2013, detailed three areas of focus: Cut Carbon Pollution in America; Prepare the US for Impacts of Climate Change; and Lead International Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change. However, increasingly ominous scientific reports from the United Nations (UNEP l IPCC) and the dysfunction in the United States legislature seem to have morphed the President’s plan into more of a scramble toward sustainability.

Using the authority of the Clean Air Act, Obama’s EPA is moving forward with proposed regulations on global warming pollution from existing power plants. The EPA’s target is 17% reductions below 2006 levels by 2020, but the final outcome will be determined as the states actually move to implement the regulations. Today, citizen groups have an unprecedented opportunity to drive the state level dialog, and advocate for deeper emission cuts. This panel will examine the background for the latest EPA action, and the possible impacts regionally, nationally, and globally over the next few years.

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