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Darren O'Sullivan

NEW YORK, N.Y.—On Tuesday, August 26, the Environmental Science Forum of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), in conjunction with the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (BCEP), will host a talk by Hillary Brown, a leading architect and pioneer in the field of sustainable building design. Her talk, "Visioning Green: Advances in High Performance Sustainable Building Design," will take place at 6 p.m. at NYAS on 2 East 63rd Street. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited; please RSVP via e-mail to

In her illustrated talk, Brown will explain how the architectural profession has begun to embrace new ideas about the ways buildings can and should function to that enhance the environmental performance of the built environment. Her topics include advanced design that changes the way light, air, surface, and other elements are perceived and treated; specific features designers are incorporating into sustainable projects; standards and guidelines; and the impact of environmentally conscious design changes on a building's users and how those impacts translate into quantifiable productivity benefits.

Brown is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Yale School of Architecture. She is a registered architect, who has been an active board member of both the national and New York chapter of the US Green Building Council. As Director of Sustainable Design for the NYC Department of Design and Construction she led production of the landmark City of New York High Performance Building Guidelines, which has become a national model and standard reference in the field. She presently heads her own firm, New Civic Works, which specializes in helping local government, universities, and the nonprofit sector incorporate sustainable design practices into their policies, programs and operations. She is also an affiliated faculty member at BCEP.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy promotes education, research, and public service on critical issues pertaining to the natural and built environments. Its primary goal is to improve the quality of environmental policies by incorporating the best available scientific knowledge into the policy-making process at the local, regional, national, and international levels. The Center's innovative graduate program, launched in 2001, trains future leaders who can translate the science behind environmental and natural resource problems into creative, feasible policies. The center's unique modular program offers an intensive course of study, grounded in the sciences, as well as economics, law, politics, and ethics, and emphasizes communication skills, leadership, and financial training. After a period of internships, graduates are prepared for careers in nonprofit organizations, government, and the private sector. The program leads to a master of science degree or professional certificate in environmental policy, and the Center offers joint degree programs with Pace Law School; the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture; and the Peace Corps.

For more information about BCEP or its graduate program, call 845-758-7071, e-mail, or log on to


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This event was last updated on 10-03-2003