Green Drinks NYC: SPARK Series – Ron Barth – Tuesday, February 26th

Join Green Drinks & The Moderns for their SPARK Speaker Series presentation on”Resourceful Furniture and The New Efficiency” with featured guest, Ron Barth President of Resource Furniture and space-saving missionary.  Ron will be speaking on “The New Efficiency” of furniture,  apartments and modern small spaces. From the history of transforming furniture to the evolution of the “efficiency” apartment, he will shed light on the topic of why people have lived in efficiency apartments over the course of this century, some reasons are still the same, and some are entirely new and green!  Join us for a lively look back in history and flash forward to what Resource Furniture Showroom features and how modern living in small spaces is evolving!

Green Drinks NYC: SPARK Series – Ron Barth
Resourceful Furniture and The New Efficiency
Tuesday, February 26th

The Moderns
900 Broadway, Suite 202, NYC
Wine, snacks and refreshments are provided.


SUMASA Film Screening: Blue Vinyl – Wednesday, February 27th

Join SUMASA for a screening of the award-winning documentary Blue Vinyl: A Toxic Comedy Look at Vinyl, The World’s Second Largest Selling Plastic. With humor, hope and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director Daniel B. Gold travel from Helfand’s hometown to America’s vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of answers about the nature of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Her parents’ decision to “re-side” their house with this seemingly benign cure-all for many suburban homes turns into a toxic odyssey with twists and turns that most ordinary homeowners would never dare to take. The result is a humorous  but sobering and uniquely personal exploration of the relationship between consumers and industry in the feature-length documentary BLUE VINYL.

Mike Schade, the Markets Campaign Coordinator with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions. Please be prompt in your arrival!

SUMASA Film Screening: Blue Vinyl
Wednesday, February 27th
Havemeyer 209

For a trailer and a scene preview, CLICK HERE

Sustainability Media Lab: Information Meeting – Wednesday, February 27th

Join the Sustainability Media Lab, a new student initiative at Columbia working to make sustainable development more accessible, relevant, and compelling across all forms of media. We’re looking for writers, journalists, researchers, filmmakers, designers, artist, web developers, social/digital strategists, and creatives from all academic backgrounds. The Sustainability Media Lab seeks to explore new ways to communicate sustainability through analysis of media behavior & content strategy.
Find out how you can get involved at the Info Meeting on Wednesday, February 27th at 9PM in the CTV Studio (Lerner 5th floor). Get more info at & send questions to

Consulting 101 Workshop: How Consulting Firms Win Work – Saturday, March 2nd

The next Sustainability Skills Seminar Series entitled Consulting 101: How Consulting Firms Win Work is on Saturday, March 2. Marc Tipermas (bio below), President of National Programs at Willdan Group Inc.,  will be conducting the seminar.  If you have not yet done so, please RSVP here.


Event: Consulting 101: How Consulting Firms Win Work

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: 501 Schermerhorn Hall

Format: Lecture




Marc Tipermas, President of National Programs at Willdan Group, Inc. will be providing experience-based, practical insights into how and why successful environmental consultants and firms conduct business development activities, and will share his best practices and strategy for “Capture Management” and “Proposal Writing” including:


  • Why Business Development is so important to Consulting Firms
  • How  an understanding of business development can help your career as a consultant
  • Proactively identifying project opportunities
  • The Role of the Capture Manager
  • Techniques for gathering information from Clients and Competitors
  • Evaluating your firm’s competitive position
  • Developing a win strategy
  • Teaming relationships with other firms
  • Making Bid/No Bid Decisions
  • Analyzing how to respond to RFPs
  • Writing winning proposals
  • Preparing for oral presentations to Clients



Marc Tipermas serves as President of National Programs at Willdan Group Inc., and has been its President of National Programs of since June 11, 2007. Mr. Tipermas has spent most of his nearly 40-year career in the professional services industry in a variety of senior executive level business development and operations positions. From 1981 to 1998 he was with ICF Kaiser International, a global consulting, engineering, and program management firm with over 6,000 employees, and was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the company in 1997. Mr. Tipermas served as Senior Vice President for Business Development of Dynamac Corporation, an environmental consulting firm, and has also been an independent business development consultant to several nationwide engineering and consulting firms. Earlier in his career Mr. Tipermas worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in 1980-81 served as the first Director of EPA’s Superfund Policy and Program Management Office. Prior to his work at EPA he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Mr. Tipermas received an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also holds PhD and AM degrees from Harvard University in political science.

MSSM Capstone Presented at GreenHomeNYC

On February 20th, MSSM student, Julia Ragragio Ruiz presented a capstone presentation on flood insurance in NYC at the February forum on flood reslience of GreenHome NYC. The presentation was featured along with Albert Wei of Kohn Pedersen Fox and Lance Jay Brown of Lance Jay Brown Architecture + Urban Design and a larger conversation about a flood insurance report prepared for the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

For more information about the event, visit the GreenHomeNYC website.