Sustainability Management Workshop Midterm Briefings

Summer 2012 Midterm Briefing Presentation for the Sustainability Management Capstone Workshop will take place on Wednesday, June 27 from 6:10 to 8:00 p.m. in 507 Lewisohn Hall.

The workshop midterm briefings are delivered at the midpoint of semester-long projects working on sustainability issues. This semester students have undertaken a project on environmental performance reporting for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). This will be an opportunity to learn more about the project and provide feedback for your colleagues as they prepare their final client reports and presentations.

If you would like to attend the midterm briefing presentations, please RSVP to aladue([at])

What: Sustainability Management Capstone Workshop Midterm Briefings
When: Wednesday, June 27, 6:10 -8:00 p.m. (Please arrive by 6:00 p.m.)
Where: 507 Lewisohn Hall. Map

Source: SUMA

NYC Reinvent Green Hackathon

The City of New York is excited to announce its first sustainability hackathon: Reinvent Green, a joint initiative of NYC Digital and the Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability. Hosted at NYU-Poly in downtown Brooklyn over the weekend of Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, 2012, the hackathon aims to rally and incentivize the City’s best technology talent to create digital tools and apps that encourage a greener, greater New York. The City is very excited to partner with two great Brooklyn technology institutions on this initiative – NYU-Poly and Brooklyn Beta.

Space is limited. Development and design candidates are encouraged to apply now through Sunday, June 17 by completing the short application at the link below. Candidates will be informed of the status of their application by Friday, June 22.

The City is proud to team up once again with the talented technology community in New York, and looks forward to collaborating to address the City’s most important sustainability challenges.

Reinvent Green Hackathon
Application Deadline: June 17, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: June 22, 2012
Hackathon Dates: June 30- July 1, 2012
Location: NYU-Poly, Six MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the weekend in a variety of categories. Four of the five prizes will be determined by a panel of judges that includes:

  • Charles Adler, co-founder of Kickstarter
  • Jenny Ahmed, founder of Pia Car
  • Ron Gonen, Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation
  • Cas Holloway, Deputy Mayor for Operations for the City of New York
  • Micah Kotch, director of Incubator of Initiatives, NYU-Poly
  • Jessica Lawrence, managing director of New York Tech Meetup

Saturday, June 30, 2012
9:00AM Breakfast and Registration
9:30AM Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:00AM Technology & Data Office hours and work begins
12:00PM Working Lunch
6:00PM Social Dinner
1:00AM Work ends, doors close

Sunday, July 1, 2012
8:00AM Doors open and breakfast
12:00PM Working Lunch
2:30PM Hacks due
3:00PM Demos begin
5:00PM Judging and Prizes
6:00PM Event end

Source: NYC Digital

Lauren Yarmuth on Sustainability for Smart Business

Watch Lauren Yarmuth, LEED Faculty for USGBC, principal at YR&G who is teaching the course CNAD4130 Green Building and sustainability: Tools and Techniques speak about state of sustainability in the business environment.


Lauren Yarmuth.

Lauren Yarmuth teaches “Green Building and Sustainability: Tools and Techniques” in the Construction Administration graduate program at Columbia’s School of Continuing Education and is co-founder and principal of YR&G. With over ten years of experience spearheading the sustainability industry, she is a recognized leader skilled at helping people, companies, buildings, and communities to implement and benefit from sustainability-focused solutions.

An architect by training, Yarmuth applies her diverse project experience and whole-systems perspective to enable teams of people to develop creative approaches to realize greater success in their work. This process draws upon Yarmuth’s skills in teaching, facilitating an integrative process, and inspiring people to engage with their work and surroundings in more meaningful ways.

Yarmuth is also a celebrated presenter, educator, and facilitator. She is LEED Faculty for USGBC, and she teaches at various colleges and universities including as faculty at Columbia University and New York University.

She has worked with the LEED Rating System since its inception including supporting hundreds of projects nationally and internationally to earn LEED certification, and as a technical consultant to USGBC for project certification reviews, credit interpretation (CIR) responses, reference guide content development, and training curriculum.

Source: MSSM Program Website

New SUMASA Board

Congratulations to our new SUMASA board, the recent graduates and all of you for finishing the Spring 2012 semester! Thank you to everyone who voted and please join us in extending a very warm welcome to your new:


President – Saami Sabiti
VP of Academic Affairs – Kwesi Daniels
Co-VP of Communications – Sarah Volkman
Co-VP of Communications- Nick Turchak
VP of Community Outreach and Events – Ian Estes
VP of Finance – Tobi Li
VP of Community Outreach – Henry Fernandez

The outgoing board will be working over the coming few weeks to help them transition into their new roles. We look forward to helping them get off to a great start for the 2012-2013 year! We would also like to host a kickoff to summer/welcome event for the new board, stay tuned for more details. Please note that the newsletter will be on hold for the next few weeks as we move into summer and get the new communications folks on board.