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  • The Effects of Climate Change on the New York Area
    December 03, 2013
    6:00pm - 9:00pm

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    Are We Prepared? Can We Protect our Future?

    It has been a year since Super Storm Sandy devastated the New York area with $65 billion in damages.[CBSAC/NY event]

    Meanwhile, CO2 levels continue to increase globally, causing polar ice sheets to melt and sea levels to rise, along with the frequency of “100 Year Storms.”  The scientific community once again affirmed, in its strongest language yet, the near certainty that global warming is caused by human activity.  What should individuals, businesses and governments do to address the challenges climate change presents to our communities? 

    Join us as our expert panel examines the impact of climate change, its diverse effects and possible solutions to how we manage our infrastructure, our economy, our health and the way we live.  This event is part of the MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN series.

  • How To Get Funding From A Shark II
    December 03, 2013
    6:00pm - 10:00pm

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    How to get funding from a shark is an event started last year by a group of entrepreneurs who wanted to educate and support NYC business owners in technology, fashion, filmmaking and other various industries.  The entrepreneurs brought together an intense array of industry professionals, including Daymond John from ABC's show Shark Tank.


    The event was held at NYC Alley in Times Square and was sold out to a standing room only crowd.  Based upon the tremendous success of the event and the support given by by people in attendence, the entrepreneurs decided that they needed to do this event again.  For a look at the agenda of last year Last Years Agenda & Panel


    Shark "Daymond John" from ABC's show Shark Tank.
    Brian Cohen (Chairman - NY Angels)
    Charlie Donnell - (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures)
    Dane Atkinson (CEO Sumall)
    Alan Brody (Ibreakfast)
    and a few other well known investors.

  • Taking Action After Sandy
    December 03, 2013
    6:00pm - 8:00pm

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    Thirteen Building Resiliency Task Force proposals have now been enacted into law by the New York City Council. These laws safeguard buildings and their energy and water supplies, while removing barriers to resiliency.

    Residential buildings will now be required to install emergency fixtures to ensure drinking water during power outages, as well as post emergency planning information. Building owners will have to raise critical equipment above the flood line, including tanks, vents, and fire protection systems. But they will have more flexibility in doing so, including raising telecommunications cabling and using larger fuel tanks above the flood line so backup generators can run longer. Other proposals provide for better sanitation by ensuring toilets will flush during power outages and preventing sewage from backflowing into buildings.

    Join us for a presentation featuring real-world practitioners and Task Force members to learn how owners can comply with the new resiliency legislation – and how it will affect buildings, their tenants, and you.

  • Investors Speak w/ Ryan Armbrust, ff Venture Capital
    December 03, 2013
    7:00pm - 9:00pm

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    What will the most successful companies be building in 2014? What are some of the pain points in the industry; where is the money? If you're building the next big thing, join us for a Q&A session with Ryan Armbrust, Associate at ff Venture Capital and validate your idea.

    Ryan joined ff Venture Capital in early 2012.  Prior to joining ffVC Ryan spent seven years spinning out startups and otherwise commercializing early-stage technology at Columbia Technology Ventures, the technology transfer office of Columbia University.  A self-taught hacker, Ryan has been involved in the New York technology scene for a number of years. Ryan is on the Board of Columbia Venture Community and is the founder of Brooklyn Venture Community.  

    Ryan received a BA in American Studies from Columbia University in 2005.

  • Creating Impact with Stakeholder Engagement: The New CSR - Employee Engagement and the “Intrapreneur”
    December 02, 2013
    6:00pm - 9:00pm


    Sustainable Business Series with NYC Net Impact Professional Chapter - Fall 2013

    Join Bard MBA in Sustainability as we bring together sustainable business experts for our monthly conversation series. We are thrilled to host the NYC Net Impact Chapter in a conversation on Corporate Social Sustainability.

    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a now a key element of most companies’ business strategies. Business success depends on strong relationships with all stakeholders, including a company’s employees and its communities. In this new environment, employees are taking the reins in informing their company’s approach to community engagement. Join Net Impact NYC, Capital One, and Common Impact to hear about the different ways in which employees are returning value to their communities and their company’s bottom line, and how you can be part of this movement.

  • Change Leadership: Accelerating Energy Efficiency Improvement in the Built Environment
    November 22, 2013
    8:00am - 12:00pm
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    Annual benchmarking commenced in 2011 and the first energy audit and retro-commissioning reports are to be submitted before the end of 2013. The Greener, Greater Buildings Plan aims to accelerate energy efficiency improvement in the largest buildings in New York City. This suite of local laws requires the owners of large buildings to undertake annual benchmarking of energy and water consumption, apply the NYC Energy Conservation Code when upgrading buildings, conduct energy audits and retro-commissioning, implement lighting upgrades and install tenant sub-meters. This conference will discuss how change leadership can help participants identify ways to solidify energy efficiency improvements in structures of all types.

  • Ci3 Workshop & Seminar: Impact Investing/Social Entrepreneurship
    November 22, 2013
    9:30am - 4:00pm

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    Are you interested in learning about:

    Concept & Project Design

    Social Impact Metrics & Assessment

    Financial Due Diligence

    Community Led Impact Investing


    Please join us as we host a case-study based workshop with:

    Ellen Carey, GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network)

    Andrea Armeni, Executive Director, Transform Finance

    Nicole Stubbs, CEO, First Access

    Doors open at 9am, with complimentary breakfast.  Presentations start at 930am.

  • The Future Now: Energy Progress in the 21st Century
    November 22, 2013
    8:15am - 5:15pm

    The 9th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium builds on the proud tradition of convening leaders from across the energy sector -- companies, government, civil society and the broader Columbia community -- for a day of discussion. The guiding theme of this year's Symposium, The Future Now: Energy Progress in the 21st Century, centers on how the rapid development of unconventional oil and gas resources constitutes one of the most important and transformative innovations the energy industry has seen, one with reverberations across the globe. The transformation raises fundamental questions, including: how can newly accessible resources can be harnessed to favor long-term prosperity? How can the current momentum and innovation in the energy industry help realize an accelerated transition towards a low-carbon economy? What will the impact of these trends be on the US energy architecture, the global landscape of oil and gas markets, and environmental resources? These challenges and opportunities will be the focus of discussions and presentations throughout the day.

  • A Night With Former HopStop (acquired by Apple) CEO Joe Meyer
    November 21, 2013
    7:00pm - 9:00pm

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    Experienced Entrepreneur & Former CEO of HopStop (, which was recently acquired by Apple. Joe will speak informally on growing a start-up company to profitability and beyond.

  • FOCUS: SMART GRID 2013 The Future of Interactive Energy Consumption
    November 21, 2013
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
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    Over the past decade, we have seen exciting advancements toward smart infrastructure. And with major challenges such as population growth, blackouts and natural disasters, these much needed improvements are constantly being tested. Will the future bring a variety of separate patches that will target isolated electricity demand response goals?  And if so, will those systems cooperate well to form a functional network? Or will an integrated solution be introduced, which addresses a number of the coming challenges?  What would be the roadmap for rolling out such a massive project? Our panel will discuss the progress and challenges in developing new and sustainable infrastructure improvements. You will meet:


    Matthew Fairy
    Director of Sales for New York and New England, Pareto Energy, Ltd

    James Gallagher
    Executive Director, New York State Smart Grid Consortium

    Christian Höpfner
    Scientific Director, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE

    Brian Jones
    Senior Principal, Energy and Utilities, SAP


    Kurt Becker
    Associate Provost for Research & Technology Initiatives, Professor of Applied Physics, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of New York University 

  • Test Tube November - With Special Guest Amy DeCicco. UX Researcher @ Gilt Groupe
    November 21, 2013
    6:30pm - 8:30pm


    Welcome to an evening of intense usability testing with fellow startup companies. Over the course of an hour and a half you'll meet with 5-6 other startups and take turns to give and get feedback on each other's ideas. 


    You bring your wireframes, sketches, and just-baked apps - and arrive with one clear task you want the user to achieve.

    For example, it could be navigating through your onboarding, posting an event, listing an item on your site, or taking and sharing a photo.

    You'll then have 7 minutes to watch (and listen!) to another startup interact with your product, before the tables turn and you get to test their product out too.

    This month we'll kick things off with a short presentation by Gilt UX Researcher/Taxonomist

    Amy DeCicco on how Gilt does usability testing. Members of Gilt's UX team will also be circulating throughout the event to provide hands-on feedback on your ideas.


    Simply send a tweet to let people know you're attending the the event, and we'll refund your ticket. Be sure to include @testtubenyc and the link to All refunds will be processed the day after the event.


    NYC DevShop is a Ruby on Rails development shop that specializes in building initial products for early-stage companies. Our developers and designers create cutting edge web applications for exceptional entrepreneurial teams.

  • Fundamentals of Today's U.S. Electric Power Industry, the Smart Grid, ISO Markets & Wholesale Power Transactions
    November 21, 2013
    8:00am - 6:00pm
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    Seminar Agenda
    • The properties and terminology of electricity - current, power, var, voltage, etc
    • An overview of the electric service system, and how it works
    • The pros and cons of different sources of electric generation ( coal, natural gas, nuclear, renewables ), and how they work.
    • The structure and function of the North American power grid.
    • Who the various industry participants are and their roles.
    • Why restructuring today's power markets is such a complicated task.
    • How control areas function, what spinning reserves are, and how the lights are kept on.
    • A summary of FERC Orders 888, 889, & 2000
    • The difference between ISOs, ITCs, Transcos and RTOs.
    • What TLRs, ATC, OASIS, pancaking rates, shrinkage, economic dispatch and other terms mean.
    • What locational Marginal Pricing (LMP) is and why it's used
    • What the "smart grid" is, a summary of the different business models being tested, a discussion of the key issues and and how the smart grid is likely to develop.
    • The major issues facing wind energy, solar and other renwables and how these generation sources relate to the proposed buildout of the backbone power grid.
    • The difference between auction and bilateral bulk power markets and the pros & cons of each
    • The fundamentals of the PJM, MISO, ERCOT or California wholesale market (Depending on seminar location) and the role of LMP
    • How the PJM/MISO/ERCOT/California two-settlement energy and Day-Ahead markets operate, or will operate.
    • The meaning of the terms "RPM" and "Forward Capacity Markets " and why this issue is important.
    • A summary of the key issues of today and where the U. S. electric power industry is headed, including a discussion of the smart grid, renewable energy and the building of new transmission lines..
    • The pros & cons of PJM's RPM generation capacity planning proposal versus MISO's energy-only market-based approach.
    • What PJM FTRs are; their equivalent names in other ISOs, and how and why these financial instruments are used.
    • An overview of the similarities and differences between the PJM, New York, New England, MISO, ERCOT and/or California markets. (Depending on seminar location)
    • The fundamentals of bilateral bulk power trading units and terminology.
    • The three different types of wholesale forward power markets.
    • Common contract language used for bilateral power transactions.
    • What OASIS & NERC tags are.
    • How power marketers and traders use "sellers choice" to buy and sell forward power at "virtual hubs" across North America.

  • Clean Energy Connections presents The Other Debt Ceiling: Using Finance to Balance Our Environmental Budget
    November 20, 2013
    6:30pm - 9:00pm
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    Join Clean Energy Connections at The Other Debt Ceiling: Using Finance to Balance Our Environmental Budget   As weather events become more extreme, water shortages threaten, and human sprawl leads to biodiversity loss, there is a new focus on the global economic impact of environmental degradation. Studies from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Harvard School of Public Health, and others assert that our active growth and inactive conservation efforts have left us with a trillion-dollar bill. So how do we pay down this debt?

    In recent years, innovators in policy and finance have started to answer that question  by creatively using the tools of debt, capital, and ownership to clean up our lands, preserve our national treasures, and accelerate clean energy adoption.   For this event, we look at both sides of environmental debt. We will discuss the policies and ideologies that led us to this level of environmental debt, and then debate what financial and regulatory solutions exist to enrich both the environment and the economy.

  • Future Energy
    November 20, 2013
    6:30pm - 8:30pm
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    Future Energy is a series of startup-investor pitch events that connects entrepreneurs, researchers, and private investors in the energy and clean-tech industries to develop and commercialize radical solutions to the world’s energy challenges.

  • Startup Grind New York City Hosts Matt Mullenweg (WordPress, Automattic)
    November 20, 2013
    6:00pm - 9:00pm

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    What is Startup Grind?

    Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

  • David and Goliath: How the Little Guys Can Get Big Companies to Buy
    November 20, 2013
    8:00am - 10:00am
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    You are a small company trying to get a large company’s attention.  You have a great product, or a great product idea to sell, but you have no idea how you are going to break into the key large prospects you know you need in order to get market traction.  How will you get anybody to listen to you when you’ve got no other clients yet, no track record, no reputation with your product or service, and no relationship with your target prospects?  For those of you who have had some success but are frustrated by not being able to sell more, this session is for you, too.  What are the secrets to getting in, building relationships at the right level in the customer organization, getting the prospect to meet with you, all the way to getting the prospect to buy from you?  What works, and what doesn’t work?  For those of you who are WMBE’s (Women Minority Business Entities), do you know that you can get certified and win business using this certification? Come to this groundbreaking session where you will hear from two entrepreneurs who were in your shoes and who did it and are off to great success as a result; and two senior level executives from companies who have bought from young companies such as yours.   Learn about their fascinating stories and gain insight that will help you gain access to big potential customers and win business!

    8:00 – 8:30am        Coffee and Networking
    8:30 – 9:30am        Panel Discussion
    9:30 – 9:45am        Q&A
    9:45 – 10:00am      Networking
      Speakers  Jun Shimada, CEO and Founder, Thinkeco

  • Entrepreneurs Roundtable 64
    November 20, 2013
    6:00pm - 8:30pm

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    "Quotidian Ventures is a seed stage fund founded in NYC in 2010 by Pedro Torres Picón. Our passion is helping founders create technology products that modernize large industries in which they have deep domain expertise. Whether the entrepreneur has a technical background or not, we provide the resources and hands on support needed to allow him or her to make the difficult transition from industry expert to internet entrepreneur."

    Format: Introductions, Q&A, 5 Pitches and Feedback.

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    Organizer: Murat Aktihanoglu (@muratny)

  • Ongoing Commissioning: Stopping Your Building’s Ongoing Drift toward Inefficiency
    November 19, 2013
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
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    Top energy managers understand that measuring building performance shouldn’t be a one-time event. Buildings are in a constant drift toward inefficiency. The signs are often there in the form of higher utility bills. In a worst-case scenario, premature equipment failure can result in occupant safety issues and costly repairs. Advanced analytics tools can support ongoing commissioning and provide constant monitoring. This can result in on-going prioritization of repairs, retrofit projects and control updates that can make a building more efficient. Join us for a discussion about the existing building guideline developments from ASHRAE, and how facilities and energy managers are developing a long-term strategy for ongoing portfolio optimization. You’ll learn:
    • Basic concepts behind different levels of ongoing commissioning
    • ASHRAE guideline development
    • How ongoing commissioning can help prioritize building repairs, maintenance and retrofit activities
    • Case studies from the frontlines of ongoing commissioning efforts

  • Smart Power: Climate Change, Smart Grid, and the Future of Electric Utilities
    November 19, 2013
    4:30pm - 6:00pm

    Presentation by Peter Fox-Penner, Principal and Chairman, The Brattle Group

  • Energy Subsidy Reform: Lessons and Implications
    November 18, 2013
    6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Presentation by Ben Clements , Division Chief for the Expenditure Policy Division, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund.