New York Nonprofit Press Facilities Day


New York Nonprofit Press Facilities Day
Managing Nonprofit Facilities:
Basic Issues and Best Practices

June 12, 2014
8 am -12:30 pm
Baruch College
Newman Vertical Campus
Newman Campus Conference Center, 14th Floor
55 Lexington Avenue @ 24th Street

New York Nonprofit Press is hosting its first conference devoted to nonprofit human services facilities management. It will be a half-day conference addressing such issues as pest control, energy efficiency, fire safety, security and disaster preparedness and management.

The event is being co-sponsored by Baruch College School of Public Affairs, Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management and Briscoe Protective Systems Inc. Those in attendance will primarily be facilities managers and will also include operations managers, CFOs, EDs and chief operating officers; in short, anyone who manages fiscal plant assets for an organization.

The cost to attend is $25.00.

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Conference Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 Registration, Coffee and Bagels

8:30 – 9:30 Keynote Panel: Energy Efficiency – Opportunities and Challenges for Nonprofits

John Skipper – Business Development, Con Edison Energy Efficiency Programs;

Jeff LainoSr. Program Manager at The Association for Energy Affordability;

F.L. Andrew PadianV.P. for Energy Initiatives, Community Preservation Corporation;

Representative – NYS Energy Research and Development Agency (Invited);

9:30 – 9:40 Awards Presentation: Briscoe Protective Systems will honor Ken & Kim Hansen for their advocacy efforts leading to passage of Amanda's Law, which requires the installation of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all homes in NYS. The law is named in honor of their daughter, Amanda Hanson, who died in 2009 from CO poisoning due to a faulty boiler while sleeping at a friend's house. The Award is tentatively scheduled to be given by former NYC Fire Department Commissioner Thomas Von Essen.

9:40 – 9:45 Launch of the New York Bulk Energy Procurement Initiative for Supportive and Affordable Housing, sponsored by Housing and Services Inc. and Bright Power, with support from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.

9:45 – 10:00 Break for Exhibitor Visits and Networking

10:00 – 11:00 Break Out Panels – Session One (See panel descriptions below. Precise scheduling of workshop panels yet to be determined.)

11:00 – 11:20 Break for Exhibitor Visits and Networking

11:20 – 12:20 Break Out Panels – Session Two (See panel descriptions below. Precise scheduling of workshop panels yet to be determined.)

12:20 – 12:30 Conclusion and Exit


Workshop Panel Descriptions

Pest Control: How to Put Your Bed Bug Problems to Rest

A look at how two nonprofits developed an agency-wide program – including both facilities management staff and program services personnel such as case planners and clinicians – to address the pervasive threat of bed bugs.

• Alex Garay – Director of Facilities Management, Good Shepherd Services;

• Ralph Hernadez Maestre – Entomologist, Magic Pest Management;

• Jennifer Benabe – Director of Facilities Management at Episcopal Social Services; and

• Sam Hartstein – Tristate Apartment Furnishers, Inc.

Energy Conversions – Oil to Gas

The panel will explore the potential savings available to nonprofits through conversion from oil to natural gas heating systems, including a case study of how Services for the UnderServed (SUS) is utilizing a conversion and financing program available through one energy services consultant.

• Michael Whelan – Chief Financial Officer, Services for the UnderServed;

• Richard A. Rapp, Jr – President, CCO Energy Solutions;

• Christine Cummings – Section Manager, Gas Conversion Group, Con Edison

Fire Safety Issues and FDNY Certification Training

A presentation on fire safety issues for nonprofit facilities and preparation for the FDNY S-95 Certificate of Fitness test required for operators of fire alarms.

• Denise Rueda – Public Relations Director, Briscoe Protective Systems;

Planning for Disaster: A Facilities-Specific Focus

A presentation on "lessons learned" from Enterprise Community Partners' Learning Collaborative on Housing Resiliency, a group of 12 local nonprofit organizations which were severely impacted by SuperStorm Sandy.

• Laurie Schoeman – Program Officer, Technical Services, Enterprise Community Partners;

Donald Manning – Housing Director, Jewish Association for Services for the Aging (JASA); and,

• Aaron Hoffman – Rebuilding and Recovery Manager, Services for the UnderServed.

Electronic Systems for Security and Remote Facilities Supervision

A look at the latest in integrated security systems being utilized by nonprofit facilities as well as a discussion of remote facilities supervision systems being used to provide added safety and oversight for individuals living with disabilities in independent, non-staffed, residential programs.

• Nick Puleo – Technical Department, Briscoe Protective Systems

• Christine Bishara-Murtagh –
Assistant Director , AHRC -
Office of Real Property

• Ravi Dahiya –
Associate Executive Director of Operations and Quality Improvement, Independent Residences, Inc.

NY Bulk Energy Procurement Initiative
for Supportive and Affordable Housing

The goal of NY Bulk Energy Procurement Initiative, sponsored by Housing and Services Inc. and Bright Power with support from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, is to join supportive and affordable housing building owners together as a bulk purchasing pool to negotiate the lowest gas and electric prices from NYS Energy Supply Companies (ESCOs) - a budgetary tool that also reduces monthly utility cost volatility.

• Mary Galbally – Housing & Services Inc.

• Bright Power, Inc.

Town Hall: A Facilities Issue Speak Out

A free form opportunities for nonprofit facilities managers and other executives with responsibilities for facilities issues raise issues, concerns, ideas and innovative solutions with their colleagues.

Energy Efficiency Follow-Up Q & A

An opportunity for additional questions and further discussion on energy efficiency issues with our keynote panel.

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