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Lessons from Afar: Innovative Energy Efficiency Policies from Across the Atlantic

December 14, 2015, 9:30 am11:00 am EST

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On December 14th, the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School and Urban Green Council, will hold a discussion on, “Lessons from Afar – Innovative Energy Efficiency Policies from Across the Atlantic.”

The event is free, but space is limited. Please RSVP, here.

Speakers include:

Nico Kienzl, Director, Atelier Ten
Cecil Scheib, Chief Program Officer, Urban Green Council (moderator)
Miranda Schreurs, Director, Environmental Policy Research Centre and Professor at (FFU) Freie Universität Berlin
Marcos Vaquer Caballería, Chair Professor of Administrative Law at Carlos III de Madrid University and Secretary General of the University

Themes for discussion include European building label schemes, energy audit regimes and public-private partnerships to catalyze building retrofits and promote energy efficiency entrepreneurs.

Monday, December 14, 2015, 9:30am – 11:00am
NYU School of Law
Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

1.5 CLE credits are available in the areas of Professional Practice category for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys. Please see CLE reading, here.

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This event has been made possible through the generous support of the American Friends of Bucerius, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Transatlantic Climate Bridge, and Pérez-Llorca and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

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Speakers include:

bg_team_nicoNico Kienzl, Director, Atelier Ten

As a director of Atelier Ten and leader of its global energy analysis practice, Nico consults on a wide variety of large scale residential, commercial and institutional buildings, as well as on masterplan and renovation work in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Nico has particular experience with the application of advanced building analysis including facade optimization, daylight and shading analysis, and optimization of building systems. Recent work includes the first LEED Platinum condominium high rise in New York City, the sustainability framework for Columbia’s new Manhattanville Campus, and the adaptive reuse of the Horno3 blast furnace for the Museum of Steel in Monterrey, Mexico. Nico teaches building systems integration at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture Program and the core building systems class at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.

He is a LEED Fellow, and serves as a representative member of the U.S. General Services Administrations (GSA) Green Building Advisory Committee. Nico holds a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University in Munich, an M.S. in Building Technology from MIT and a Doctor of Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.


Cecil Scheib, Chief Program Officer, Urban Green Council

Previously, as Director of Advocacy, he organized efforts of the Building Resiliency Task Force at the request of the NYC Mayor and Speaker, and has led Urban Green’s green codes efforts since 2012. With over 20 years sustainability experience, Cecil was formerly Director of Energy and Sustainability at New York University, cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in five years. He wrote NYU’s Climate Action Plan and Energy and Water Design Standards for new construction, and managed the Sustainable Landscaping and Recycling Shops. Prior to NYU, he founded Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, an off-grid community of 75 residents dedicated to innovating sustainable technology and social systems. Cecil teaches GPRO:O&M through SEIU Local 32 BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund. He holds a B.S. 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.

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Miranda Schreurs, Director, Environmental Policy Research Centre and Professor at (FFU) Freie Universität Berlin

Prior to this she was Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland. Schreurs’ work focuses on comparative environmental politics and policy in Europe, the US, and East Asia. She was born and raised in the United States and has also lived for extended periods in Japan and Germany and briefly in the Netherlands. Her PhD is from the University of Michigan and her MA and BA from the University of Washington. She has also spent time researching or teaching at Harvard University, Utrecht University, the Freie Universität Berlin, Keio University, Chuo University, and Rikkyo University and has held fellowships from the SSRC-MacArthur

Foundation Program on International Peace and Security Affairs, the Fulbright Foundation, and the National Science Foundation/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
In July 2008 Miranda Schreurs was appointed to the German Advisory Council on the Environment.

M. CaballeriaMarcos Vaquer Caballería, Chair Professor of Administrative Law at Carlos III de Madrid University and Secretary General of the University

He has written numerous articles and books on urbanism and housing and has served as Undersecretary of Housing (Ministry of Housing, Spanish Government), CEO of the Public Enterprise of Land Development (2008-2010), General Director of Urban Planning and Land Policy (Ministry of Housing, Spanish Government, 2004-2008) and as a member of the bureau of the Land Management and Housing Committee of UNECE (2006-2008).

The Spanish economic crisis –and in particular, the associated construction and real estate sector crisis- provoked the exhaustion of the national economic development model and the emergence of a new urban planning regulation based on the “territorial and urban sustainable development” principle. For that purpose, new and innovative measures for building refurbishment and urban renovation were put in place, based on energy efficiency and universal accessibility criteria. This new paradigm relies heavily on innovative public-private partnerships, which will be explained during Professor Vaquer’s presentation.


December 14, 2015
9:30 am – 11:00 am EST
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