Zoning, Sustainability & City Policy

June 10, 2010
Herrick, Feinstein LLP2 Park Avenue, New York, NY

This seminar shed light on many of the issues surrounding the intersection of zoning, sustainability, City policy and more. Developers, property owners and lenders learned about the specifics of the City's new Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, major legislation recently passed that will profoundly impact the energy efficiency of existing buildings in NYC. Additionally, we addressed green efforts in the City's Zoning Code, highlighting the current requirements, as well as how the City plans on using the Code in the future to encourage sustainable development. Finally, we discussed specific actions developers and property owners are taking right now to improve their buildings' energy efficiency.

Topics discussed:
Barriers in the zoning resolution causing impediments to green design
The Greener, Greater Buildings Plan and its impact on the City's existing building stock
Difference between greening existing buildings vs. new construction

Howard Slatkin, Deputy Director of Strategic Planning, Department of City Planning
Adam Freed, Deputy Director, Mayor's Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability
Andrew Zumwalt-Hathaway, Director of Sustainability Consulting, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Introductions by Mitchell Korbey, Partner, Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Moderated by Eldad Gothelf, LEED AP, Senior Planning and Development Specialist, Herrick, Feinstein LLP