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May 11 2010

NYIT Hosts Fifth Annual Energy Conference, “Building a Sustainable Future”

New York, N.Y. (May 11, 2010) – New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) will host its fifth annual energy conference, “Building a Sustainable Future,” on Friday, June 4, 2010, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in New York, NY.

Speakers will address sustainable initiatives in architecture, business, and engineering. Topics will also include climate models, media issues, and public perception (NIMBY).

The conference will also include a special multimedia performance by violinist Kenji Williams, who will present “Bella Gaia: A Poetic Vision of Earth from Space.” Attendees may receive five continuing education hours applicable to re-registration as a professional engineer or registered architect.

The keynote speakers include:
•    Gavin Schmidt, Ph.D., NASA’s Godard Institute for Space Studies and creator of RealClimate.org.
•    Joshua Wolfe of GHG Photos, a coalition of science, environmental, nature, and documentary photographers focused on Greenhouse Gas emissions and their effects.
•    Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies and author of Green to Gold and Green Recovery.
•    Wendy Williams, author of Cape Wind.
•    Leslie Jabs, AIA, from Gensler Architects.
•    Drury Crawley, Ph.D., formerly of the Commercial Buildings Team, Office of Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy.

•    Louis Nowikas, director of Operations, Real Estate, and Facility Planning for Hearst Corporation.
•    New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) team members, who will discuss the new “Green NY” statewide program.

“NYIT has taken the responsibility of bringing together leaders in architecture, business, and engineering to explore the energy issues facing society,” said Dr. Frank Zeman, director of NYIT’s Center for Metropolitan Sustainability and associate professor of energy management. “It is important to cover a breadth of topics in order to educate attendees about how the pieces fit together. There is no silver bullet, and working together is the surest way forward.”

The conference is presented by NYIT’s Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, Office of Financial Affairs, Office of Academic Affairs, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, School of Management, and School of Architecture and Design. The conference is sponsored by NORESCO, Metro Fuel Oil Corp., Santander Bank, New York Community Bank Foundation, U.S. Green Building of New York, the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, located at 1871 Broadway, between 61st and 62nd Streets in New York City. Lunch will be held at O’Neals, located at 49 W. 64th St.

To register for NYIT’s energy conference, fill out the online registration form or contact events@nyit.edu. For more information about the conference, visit nyit.edu/sustainable.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), founded in 1955, offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 90 fields of study, including architecture and interior design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 81,500 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.

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