MS Students Present Final Analysis on Reporting Standards to NRDC

On Wednesday, August 8, students in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program presented their final Capstone Workshop presentations for fellow students, program faculty, and colleagues at Columbia University’s Faculty House. The project, entitled “Environmental Performance Reporting,” required the team to work closely with data provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to conduct a thorough comparison of reporting standards, like the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Facility Reporting Project. The students had to analyze the pros and cons of the most viable reporting systems in order to recommend the standard that would be the best match for the NRDC’s operational and disclosure goals.

“The diverse professional backgrounds encompassed by the MSSM student population were a huge strength when it came to our Capstone project,” stated Michael Cook, the presenter for the workshop group. “Our team was comprised of a Vice President of Sustainability, an environmental consultant, an equity trader, an operations manager, and a non-profit professional. This breadth and depth of the students’ experiences allowed us to deliver an incredibly dynamic product to NRDC.”

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The Nature Conservancy Happy Hour

The Nature Conservancy’s Young Professional Group is hosting a happy hour on September 18th. This Happy Hour is a Fundraiser, $10 donation at the door. Drink specials, foosball, and pool table!

YPG: Tree Tour and Happy Hour Fundraiser

WHEN: September 18, 2011
Tree tour: 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., meet at the intersection of Broadway and 5 Ave at Madison Square Park
Happy hour: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Slate
54 West 21 Street
Between 5 Avenue and 6 Avenue

More info here.

Microgrids & Demand Response Lecture from GreenHomeNYC

Microgrids and Demand Response hold the potential to be two of the most impactful developments in smart grid expansion. Small self-sustaining power networks within the larger grid system can provide a higher level of local reliability than what is provided by the entire power system as a whole and implement an infrastructure that collects load data and more. By gathering more data from different parts of the grid, microgrids allow for more informed distribution of power throughout the entire grid and more efficient use of power at peak load and throughout the day.

WHEN: Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012 09:15 AM – 12:30 PM

WHERE: The Markle Foundation 10 Rockefeller Place, 16th Floor New York, NY 10020

Hosted by: Agrion: Global Network for Energy, Cleantech & Corporate Sustainability

Panel Speakers:
Vatsal Bhatt – Brookhaven National Laboratory, Research Engineer & Energy Policy Analyst
Ray Chudgar – Power Analytics Corporation, VP Smart Grid/Microgrid
Sarah Bronin – University of Connecticut Center for Enegy & Environmental Law, Associate Professor of Law
Luke McAuliffe – World Energy, VP Demand Response
Ami Ben Horin – Constellation Energy, NY Demand Response Sales DIrector

Read more here.

RSVP here.

Sustainability Management Alum Pursues Green Building Dreams

MS in Sustainability Management (MSSM) alum Jessica Bollhoefer (’12) is doing exactly what she set out to do when she began the program in the spring of 2011 – working with green buildings. Combined with her undergraduate background in architecture and her prior professional experience in construction, Jessica’s education in the MSSM program has proven invaluable to her in her current role as a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Goby L.L.C., a LEED and Energy Star consulting firm.

1. What is your current job?

I am a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Goby L.L.C., a LEED and Energy Star consulting firm. We aim to optimize the performance and cost efficiency of real estate by providing expertise in high impact sustainability planning, monitoring, and implementation for commercial, office, and real estate operations. We provide services including building retrofits, energy audits and simulation, Energy Star consultation, utility incentive opportunities, LEED consultation, marketing for green building achievements, real estate portfolio analysis and planning, risk management, and strategic initiative alignment.

2. Do your current job responsibilities align with the professional goals that you originally had when you began the MSSM program?

Absolutely. I have an undergraduate degree in architecture, so when I entered the MSSM program at Columbia, I knew that I wanted a career that focused on real estate development, renewable energy ventures, and green design. My current position in the Green Building industry allows me to utilize my newly acquired skills from the MSSM program, my educational background in architecture, and my professional experience in the fields of construction and real estate development.

3. What skills has the MSSM program taught you that you think have proven useful to your current position?

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