East Coast Green Conference To Offer Green Legislation Courses

July 21, 2010

The Committee on the Environment of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced that its green conference, East Coast Green, will offer numerous courses that focus on “green” legislation. The event will be held at Bally’s Atlantic City, N.J., on September 16 and 17 in conjunction with its annual Design Day event.

Some of the “green” legislative courses and lectures will include:

• “Mayors’ Panel on Green Efforts of New Jersey Municipalities,” presented by Lorenzo I. Langford, mayor of Fairfield, N.J., and Fred R. Profeta Jr., deputy mayor for the environment of Maplewood, N.J.
• A presentation on the state Department of Environmental Protection by Commissioner Robert Martin
• A presentation on “Sustainable Growth as Public Policy,” presented by Mark Strauss, senior partner at FXFOWLE Architects, an architectural, interior design, planning and urban design firm
• A presentation on “Municipal Zoning Incentives,” presented by Anton Nelessen, undergraduate program director and associate professor at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, David Roberts, land use planning department manager of Maser Consulting P.A. and Anthony Iacocca, partner at Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst, Doukas LLP, a New Brunswick, N.J.-based law firm.

“We’re pleased to offer such an appealing array of courses and lectures at our green conference,” said Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP, president of AIA-NJ, conference co-chair and director of sustainable design with Spiezle Group in Trenton, N.J. “The lineup represents many of the relevant industries in the green marketplace, including government and legislation, alternative energy and healthcare.”

The conference will be preceded on September 15 by a full day of LEED workshops sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. A Green Building Expo featuring green building products and materials will also be held in conjunction with the conference.

The theme will be “Meeting the Architecture 2030 Goals.” Architecture 2030 is a U.S.-based, non-traditional environmental advocacy group focused on protecting the global environment by using innovation and common sense to develop and quickly implement solutions to global warming.

Keynote speakers include:

• Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental action group.

• Edward Mazria, who founded “The Architecture 2030 Challenge,” is the central keynote speaker. He has been responsible for reshaping the debate surrounding climate change and global greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on the role of buildings.

• Bill Reed, an internationally recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainability, is president of Integrative Design Collaborative, a consulting organization working to evolve green building design practices into an approach that is fully integrated with living systems.

Trenton-based AIA-NJ, which has about 2,000 members, is the state chapter of the national AIA, which helps architects serve the public’ needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society.

To register, visit the East Coast Green website and click the “Register to Attend Here” tab. Registration rates can be found on the website as well. Pricing varies depending on the package—two-day pass, one-day pass or a la carte items. “Early bird” rates are available through July 31 as well as discounts for AIA members, government officials, educators and students.

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are also available for the event. For information on exhibiting or sponsorship, visit the ECG website or email Jack Purvis, AIA, LEED AP.
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