Greenwich Energy Committee to Host Seminar for Large Consumers of Energy

The Town of Greenwich Energy Committee will host a seminar on February 22, 2019, featuring keynote speaker, Anthony Malkin, Chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

The target audience of the event is owners and managers of commercial buildings, who tend to be larger consumers of energy.

The Energy Committee will use case studies and implementation strategies to demonstrate energy efficient retrofits for commercial buildings make good economic sense for both big and small buildings.

Southwest Connecticut has been deemed a “load pocket” for energy consumption. This heightened demand for energy directly effects energy reliability and infrastructure decisions made by Eversource, including the hotly contested expansion of the Cos Cob substation.

It is this impact to the community that precipitated the formation of the Energy Committee and now the committee sees the commercial sector as a key component in managing this demand.

Robert Brady, committee member said, “While our initial motivation for the seminar was driven by what is best for the community, the seminar will clearly demonstrate how energy efficiency is even better for the building owners and managers in terms of economics. No one is asking these people to be self-sacrificing. Energy efficiency is good business.”

The program will introduce best practices and innovative technology solutions though case studies thatcan help building owners save money, be more competitive, and meet sustainability goals. Attendees will be inspired by Anthony Malkin, renowned as a leader in existing building energy efficiency retrofits, as he describes the profitable retrofit of the Empire State Building and shares his vast knowledge.

Bruce Becker, architect, Becker + Becker, will follow Mr. Malkin and speak about his more local experiences with projects that incorporated energy efficiency. He will highlight how energy efficiencies made good sense for his clients and how it will make good sense for others, too.

Recognizing wanting to be efficient and knowing how to are different issues, the Energy Committee is likewise focused on providing information regarding the tools to implement the strategies presented.

Anthony Clark of CT Green Bank and Andrew Brydges of Eversource will speak to funding strategies and the tools to help achieve energy efficiency goals.

A panel of the speakers, joined by Rich Granoff of Granoff Architects and Frank Parker 66 Field Point Realty, LLC, will provide the opportunity for specific questions and solutions.

Frank Parker, 66 Field Point Realty, LLC and Energy Committee member stated, “There is great potential for commercial building owners and managers to save money by using less energy. This is our opportunity to demonstrate how it can work for them.”
Doors open at the Greenwich Boys & Girls Club at 8:00am for registration and continental breakfast.

Program is 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. followed by an optional tour of the Boys and Girls Club on-site retrofits completed in 2017. Interested people are encouraged to sign up promptly as the response has been strong and seating is limited.

There is no fee for this program, but pre-registration is required. To register email the Energy Committee at EnergyCommittee@Greenwichct.org