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Baruch College's Newman Real Estate Institute Leads Discussion to Advance Energy Asset Management Leadership as Part of New York Energy Week

NYC Energy and Sustainability Leaders to Discuss Integrated Retrofits, Energy Financing Solutions and Performance Assurance at June 25 Forum

NEW YORK, NY - June 20, 2013 - The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College, CUNY, and Associated Renewable Inc., will co-host a panel discussion as part of New York Energy Week (June 24 -June 28). The Energy Asset Management Forum, scheduled at 10 a.m., June 25 at the Institute, will feature renowned thought leaders from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. These industry experts will identify issues and offer new thoughts and discussion covering integrated retrofits, sustainability reporting, evolving financing mechanisms and performance assurance methods that have spawned a revolution in New York City’s built environment.

Heralded as “the dawn of a new age of innovation in energy” by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Energy Week is recognized as the first truly cross-sector platform that brings together leaders and decision-makers in the energy industry to facilitate collaboration, investment and long-term partnerships. Each day of Energy Week is marked by events held citywide that will foster interest in and awareness of energy-related issues. The Newman Real Estate Institute is a founding academic entity in this important NYC initiative.

The Energy Asset Management Forum will explore energy retrofit solutions and financing issues in the commercial real estate market, widening the scope of the discussion to include the overall built environment comprising retail, educational, government, multi-family, office and other facilities. A panel of industry experts will provide diverse insights on specific areas of focus, including: retrofitting existing buildings to enhance long-term value, financing energy efficiency improvements for a quicker payback, the purpose of sustainability reporting and transparency, creative energy solutions that enhance asset values, energy efficiency technologies that present a high rate of return with minimized risk to investors, and market trends driving the growth toward higher renewable energy integration in New York’s built environment.

“We are proud to be in the forefront of this critical discussion on an issue that will present both enormous opportunities and challenges,” notes Jack S. Nyman, Executive Director of the Newman Real Estate Institute of Baruch College. “We are truly in a new era, and leaders in every sector, corporate, nonprofit, government and academia, will need to be armed with the best information available for Advanced Energy Performance in order to thrive and to best serve their constituencies in this new environment.”

“By focusing on energy and buildings as assets to be managed, rather than as cost centers to be cut, we can scale energy-efficient, high-performance buildings to unprecedented levels,” declared Robert K. Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist of ECON Group, who is also widely known as the “Father of LEED.” Mr. Watson will deliver the forum’s keynote address.

In concurrence, President and Director of Associated Renewable Inc., Edwin Apaloo, explains, “Collectively, we can leverage our best practices and experience to construct a foundation on which, in years to come, others could build upon to further the evolution of standards and emerging technologies in this sector.”

Other renowned experts featured at the forum include Kristin Barbato, Deputy Commissioner & Chief Energy Management Officer, NYC Citywide Administrative Services (moderator of the panel discussion); Michael Colgrove, Director of the NYC Office, New York State Energy and Research Development Authority; Erin Rae Hoffer, Strategic Industry Relations, Autodesk, Inc. (Invited); Lloyd Kass, Director, “Build Smart New York” and Adjunct Professor, Columbia University; Adam Lutz, Real Estate Project Executive, Google Inc.; and Thomas W. Smith, Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other panelists may be announced closer to the Forum date.



WHAT: The Energy Asset Management Forum, New York Energy Week

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Oak Room 203, Newman Hall, Baruch College

INFO: Sara Hilska Taylor, (646) 660-6953,


To learn more about New York Energy Week or to request an invitation to the Energy Asset Management Forum, please visit and scroll down to “10 a.m. - Energy Asset Management Forum. Then, click on “Request an Invitation.”


About the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute:

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute offers education and research vital to addressing the growing needs of the real estate industry. Through professional education courses, seminars and workshops, the Institute trains current practitioners and the next generations of real estate professionals, helping them succeed in, and contribute to, an evolving marketplace. For more information on the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, please visit:



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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