When someone asks how many people work at Urban Green, the stock answer is “fifteen…and about 500.” That’s because our full-time staff are just the tip of the iceberg of an incredible team of volunteers that incalculably boosts our impact on green building in New York.
And actually, we can calculate some of the effect, because we know that in the last year volunteers working on the Building Resiliency Task Force and Green Codes contributed pro bono time worth over $1.1 million. On October 9, Urban Green honored those individuals who went well beyond the call of duty at our 2013 Service Awards.
Marianna Vaidman Stone, who kept the dream of Green Codes alive after Hurricane Sandy threatened to snatch it away, said, “It’s an honor to work with such a great group of like-minded wonks.” We’re going to choose to take that as a compliment!
It was particularly gratifying to hear Jack Bailey, representing the Electrical and IT Working Group of the Building Resiliency Task Force, tell the crowd that “I help on these task forces because I know my work will have a real impact. When I talk to my friends in other cities about green building policy, they are green with envy about what we get done in NYC.”
Scott Frank, on behalf of the HVACR, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Working Group, commented that “many people in the industry were surprised when we were tasked with convening the Task Force; I think it’s safe to say we wowed them.” That’s a real compliment for everyone who helped improve our city’s resiliency by serving on the Task Force! And the Structure, Facades, and Interiors’ Aine Brazil liked the process as well as the product, noting that “During a normal code cycle, it takes years to get things done – very deliberately. The hallmark of the Building Resiliency Task Force is that it was fast.”
Les Bluestone explained how the Homes Committee met the Task Force deadlines Aine mentioned, thanking everyone for “putting up with the endless emails and requests for additional help.” He also apologized for sometimes having to “play the bad guy” to get things done, but no need to say you’re sorry, Les. Now that it’s over, we only have happy memories of the Task Force!
We were thrilled to have a packed house on hand to pay due respect to all the Service Award recipients. If you missed the event, you can see photos here.
Our 2013 Service Award Winners are:
BUILDING RESILIENCY TASK FORCE
Jack Bailey, OneLux
Greg Bauso, Monadnock Construction
Les Bluestone, Blue Sea Development Co.
Daniel Bower, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Aine M. Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti
James Colgate, New York City Department of Buildings
Susanne DesRoches, Port Authority of NY & NJ
Dan Eschenasy, New York City Department of Buildings
Scott Frank, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Chris Garvin, Terrapin Bright Green, COOKFOX Architects
Ramon Gilsanz, Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
Patricia Harris, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
Nico Kienzl, Atelier Ten
Arthur Klock, UA Local 1
Richard A. Leentjes, FM Global – New York Operations
Maureen McGeary Mahle, Steven Winter Associates
Walter J. Mehl, Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Gita Nandan, Thread Collective, LLC
Signe Nielsen, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Philip F. Parisi, Jr., Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Stephen Rizzo, RizzoGroup
Grant Salmon, Steven Winter Associates
Jon Weiskopf, Steven Winter Associates
Phillip White, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Marc Zuluaga, Steven Winter Associates
Marianna Vaidman Stone, Green Codes Fellow, Urban Green Council