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A conversation on Green Buildings with Anthony E. Malkin

February 28, 2017, 9:00 am10:00 am EST

On February 28th the Guarini Center held a talk about improving building energy efficiency entitled:

“Stop the Greenwashing: A Conversation with Mr. Malkin, Chairman Empire State Realty Trust”

In 2009, Anthony E. Malkin joined former President Bill Clinton and others to announce a pioneering initiative to retrofit a portfolio of properties in New York City, including the Empire State Building. The initiative has been a powerful vehicle for change; at the Empire State Building, energy use has declined nearly 40% since the retrofits were completed all while improving tenant comfort. On February 28th, Anthony Malkin joined us for a discussion about lessons learned during the retrofits of his properties and reforms that are needed to inspire more building owners to implement meaningful energy efficiency improvements.  The conversation was moderated by Cecil Scheib, Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council.

Tuesday, February 28th, 9:00 – 10:00 am

NYU School of Law
Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, Furman Hall
245 Sullivan Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10012


  • Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Empire State Realty Trust
  • Cecil Scheib (Moderator), Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council

Speakers Bios:

Anthony E. Malkin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Empire State Realty Trust

He joined ESRT’s predecessor entities in 1989. Mr. Malkin has been a leader in existing building energy efficiency retrofits through coordinating the team of Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, JLL, and Rocky Mountain Institute in a groundbreaking project at the Empire State Building (www.esbnyc.com). Mr. Malkin is a board member of the Real Estate Roundtable and Chair of its Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, a member of the Urban Land Institute, member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, member of the Partnership of New York City’s Innovation Council, member of the Building Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, member of the Advisory Board of MissionPoint Capital Partners, and member of the Advisory Council of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Mr. Malkin received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Harvard College.

Cecil Scheib, PE, CEM, LEED AP is Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council.

With 25 years experience spearheading sustainability projects in the built environment, he leads Urban Green’s policy, research, and education initiatives. As Managing Director of the Building Resiliency Task Force for the City of New York, he led an effort to consider how to best rebuild after Hurricane Sandy in order to prepare New York City for future extreme weather events. Previously, he was Director of Energy and Sustainability at New York University, cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in five years. He was the lead author on NYU’s Climate Action Plan and Energy and Water Design Standards for new construction. NYU received AASHE STARS Gold and the highest rating of any institution in the Operations category. Prior to NYU, he founded and lived at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, a growing community of 75 in northeast Missouri with a per capita carbon footprint just 10% of the US average. As seen on Morgan Spurlock’s “30 Days”, Dancing Rabbit is dedicated to innovating sustainable technology and social systems, and he now serves on its Board of Directors. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Professional Engineer’s license from New York State, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Professional.


February 28, 2017
9:00 am – 10:00 am EST
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NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, Lester Pollack Colloquium Room
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012 United States
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