ECG2015 Speakers

ECG2015AIANJ  East Coast Green
Creating a Culture of Sustainability


June 17, 2015; 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
NJIT School of Architecture
Newark, NJ


Speaker Bios

Mary Jane Augustine – Three words that best describe her are experience, expertise and sustainability in both her career and her specialized practice. Ms. Augustine is a veteran transactional attorney who has worked for more than 35 years on legal issues affecting the design and construction communities. She has been recognized by Chambers USA every year since 2008 as a construction “Leader in the Field.” Sources in Chambers USA commend Ms. Augustine for her impressive knowledge of construction contracts, citing her as “incredibly knowledgeable, quick, efficient and highly skilled at creating coherent contracts and proposing resolutions to related conflicts.”

Ms. Augustine provides strategic advice and assists clients in structuring the design and construction portions of complex building projects. Her clients include project owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, design professionals and end-users.

As the former Managing Partner of McCarter’s New York Office and previous Construction Practice Group Leader, Ms. Augustine has acquired a great deal of business and industry specific knowledge over the years, and this has led her to be recognized as a leading and influential voice among her peers. Her in-depth knowledge of construction law is supplemented by a thorough understanding of the design and construction process which has developed through her involvement with different sectors of the construction industry. She has been a contracts consultant with an international project management firm, and in-house counsel for a “signature” architectural firm, in addition to an attorney in private practice.

As construction technology and the needs of her clients have evolved, so has Ms. Augustine’s practice. Observing the movement of the construction industry toward Green Building, Ms. Augustine began to study sustainability as it intersects with design and construction in 2005. She is a now a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), knowledgeable in both the legal and technical aspects of Green Building. Putting that knowledge into practice, she was actively involved with the 132,000 sf renovation in 2009 of McCarter’s main office in Newark, New Jersey, which achieved Silver and Gold LEED Certifications.

Ms. Augustine speaks and writes frequently on Green Building topics, and has done graduate work in sustainability at Harvard. She brings this sustainability commitment to her work as a member of the Environment & Energy Practice Group and her participation in McCarter’s Venture Capital and Early Stage and Emerging Companies Team, where she focuses on sustainable products and materials being developed for use in Green Building Projects.

Between 2006 and 2013, Ms. Augustine represented the owner of New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, which is home to the New York Football Giants and the New York Jets, in the design and construction aspects of their project. She was the drafter and lead negotiator for both original Stadium Design/Build Contract and all contracts for owner-furnished systems, as well as numerous post-completion projects.

Ms. Augustine has also provided transactional guidance on a wide variety of other notable projects, both domestic and international. Projects in which she played a significant role from a contracts perspective include:
– Renovation of New York’s Grand Central Station
– Design of more than 30 museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
– Gazprom Tower in St. Petersburg, Russia
– Sports facilities, including the MetLife Stadium
– High rise office buildings in mid-town Manhattan including The New York Times Headquarters Building and 300 Madison Avenue
– Environmental, infrastructure and industrial projects, including site remediation, port improvements, and electric transmission lines and substations

Tom Dallesio –  Tom was formerly the Executive Director of Leadership New Jersey, a statewide program strengthening civic leadership through experiential learning. Prior to LNJ, Tom was Vice President and New Jersey Director at Regional Plan Association, where he directed RPA’s New Jersey Office and managed six N.J. Mayors’ Institutes on Community Design, coordinated RPA efforts in the Highlands, and promoted Affordable Housing, Transportation Finance and Property Tax reforms. Previously, Tom was a Senior Policy Advisor to New Jersey Governors Christine Todd Whitman and Donald T. DiFrancesco, where he co-drafted the Garden State Preservation Trust Act, the law that will ensure the protection of a million more acres of open space and farmland in New Jersey. He was also the Governor’s representative to the State Planning Commission, where he worked to draft and implement the second State Development and Redevelopment Plan. Tom is a licensed professional planner, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, as well as an adjunct professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he teaches Land Use Planning and Infrastructure Planning and founded the Center for Resiliency.

Thomas JakabThomas Jakab – Thomas joined Israel Berger & Associates (IBA) in 2009 as a Non- Destructive Testing (NDT) Consultant and in 2010 took on the role as the first Business Development employee for IBA. In 2012 he participated in the operational integration of the legacy brands of Israel Berger & Associates and Viridian Energy and Environmental into the newly branded entity Vidaris, Inc. As the Director, he oversees the daily operation of the business development and marketing team departments.

Responsibilities include the management of identifying, developing and growing sales, maintaining existing relationships, directly negotiating and closing deals, proposal generation & tracking, assisting in the development and execution of corporate branding strategies and marketing programs across the enterprise.

Mr. Jakab has 20 years of professional sales experience in business development and marketing platforms. He brings with him the versatility to focus and communicate effectively no matter who his audience, building owners, “C” level executives or building superintendents. He works with passion and conviction, and as a team player has been instrumental in successfully delivering on the firm’s sales goals and objectives year after year. He holds a Bachelor of Science – Northeastern University – College of Business.

Rollie Jones, CIHRollie Jones   – Rollie is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with Environmental Connection, Inc., located in New York, NY. Among many high profile projects, his work has included independent compliance and risk management monitoring of LEED and other sustainability initiatives on large construction projects such as the National September 11th Memorial and Museum, the World Trade Center Transportation HUB project in downtown Manhattan; during the construction of educational facilities throughout the tri-state area and on various investigative and litigation support assignments. Rollie’s environmental consulting expertise is grounded in his technical training, research and participation in a variety of initiatives focused on building sciences, including materials analysis, energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Rollie is a Volunteer Ambassador for the International Living Future Institute, founding member of the Living Building Challenge Collaborative of New York and New Jersey, and an active member of the Urban Green Council Monthly Programs Committee.

Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED™AP BD+C and O+M – Jason is founder of the Green Building Center with regional offices in New York and New Jersey. Jason also serves as the Director of Sustainable Design at Parette Somjen Architects, a 50 person firm located in northern NJ focusing on educational, corporate, and high education work. Jason has more than thirteen years of experience in the practice of architecture and integration of cost effective sustainable design. Mr. Kliwinski earned his Bachelor’s degree in architecture from NJIT in 1994. In 2001 Jason obtained his architectural license in New Jersey and became one of the first LEED Accredited Professional in the country as well.

Jason’s hands-on expertise in designing sustainable, holistic buildings ranges from historic preservation and adaptive reuse to new structures in various market sectors, carbon neutrality master planning, to net zero energy buildings and large scale solar installations. Jason has been integrally involved with dozens of projects using the LEED guidelines, including Gold Certified projects such as Microsoft School of the Future in Philadelphia. Jason is a USGBC Faculty and an adjunct professor in Sustainable Design at NJIT’s Masters Program. In 2012 e was named a LEED Fellow and in 2013 Jason completed training to become a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and trained former Vice President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Leadership Corp and is a designated Climate Leader delivering Mr. Gore’s presentation on climate change regionally and nationally. Jason was appointed to the NJDCA code advisory council in 2013 and serves as Chair of AIA-NJ COTE and USGBC-NJ Education committees.

Image result for ed mazriaEd Mazria  – Ed is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. Over the past decade, Mazria’s seminal research into Building Sector energy use and carbon emissions has reshaped our understanding of climate change. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, a non-partisan, non-profit research organization developing planning, policy, and design solutions for low-carbon, resilient built environments worldwide.

In 2006, with Architecture 2030, Mazria issued the 2030 Challenge, a measured and achievable strategy to dramatically reduce global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through low-carbon design. The initiative has since been adopted by the nation’s leading professional organizations and architecture firms, influencing the design of billions of square feet of building space worldwide.

Throughout his 40-year career, Mazria’s architectural work, research, and innovations have influenced the way we design and build. Early in his career, he authored The Passive Solar Energy Book, which helped introduce the world to solar design. In 2013, he introduced the 2030 Palette, a revolutionary new platform that puts the principles behind low-carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners, and designers worldwide. Mr. Mazria’s numerous awards includes American Planning Association Award, AIA Design Award, AIA Design Innovation Award, Department of Energy Awards, American Solar Energy Society Pioneer Award, Equinox Award, Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, the inaugural Hanley Award, and the 2011 Purpose Prize. He is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and received an Honorary Doctor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Lia C. NielsenLia Nielsen – Lia was formally trained in sustainable construction management in Florida University’s Masters Program. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business from Boston University and is a LEED Green Associate. She has extensive knowledge of green building products, an eye for color and interior design, and understanding of the challenges in the field. Lia is acts as Owner Representative and regularly coordinates sustainable interior product selection and design for a variety of project types. Lia is the founder and CEO of Simply Sustainable llc, which retails any green building products at the Green Building Center in New Jersey and New York. Lia is also a founding partner of the Green Building Center, focused on delivering an integrative project delivery experience for clients to reduce time and cost while optimizing the triple bottom line of sustainability.

Lyle RawlingsLyle K. Rawlings, P.E. – Lyle serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Advanced Solar Products, Inc. Mr. Rawlings is one of the nation’s most respected professionals in the field of solar energy, with over twenty-three years’ experience in R&D, design, and policy work in alternate energy. Mr. Rawlings is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As President of Advanced Solar Products and as President of the non-profit R&D firm programs as the U.S.D.O.E. PV:BONUS program to develop and commercialize PV-integrated modular homes; the construction of the first PV/hydrogen fuel cell power station in the U.S.; and the development of the world’s most advanced zero-emission car, the New Jersey Genesis, among others. As President of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association, Mr. Rawlings has been instrumental in the creation of governmental incentives and funding for solar energy in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; in the formulation of regulatory standards for net metering and interconnection; and other topics of concern to the solar industry. Mr. Rawlings holds one U.S. patent in photovoltaic module design. He received a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1977.

GJSGregory J. Somjen  – Gregory is a licensed architect with over 29 years of professional architectural and business management experience, who has gained valuable expertise through his education and experience as a licensed RCS Building Inspector. His in-depth knowledge of complex code compliance, technical oversight, construction cost estimating, budgeting and public department regulations has earned him the respect of colleagues and clients alike.

As a Co-Founder and the Managing Principal at Parette Somjen Architects LLC., Greg is responsible for interfacing with clients, while providing expert direction and oversight for Partners and Associates through all phases of project management, from design to construction drawing development to final occupancy. He combines a strong sense of style, a talent for organization and invaluable insight into complex building code issues.

Greg received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is licensed in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Texas. Greg is also a member of the NJ Society of Architects (NJAIA); the Building Owners and Managers Association of NJ (BOMA); the NJ Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO); and the Building Officials Association of NJ (BOANJ).

Faith TaylorFaith Taylor  Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility at Wyndham Worldwide Hotels –  Faith has a progressive record of achievements and significant experience in strategic planning, development of new and existing businesses, innovation and change management, P&L and brand management as well as marketing.  Key strengths and qualifications include:
– Broad brand portfolio management expertise across hospitality industry including timeshare, rental exchange and hotel industry as well as consumer goods, technology and packaged goods industry.
– Solid new and existing business management and development expertise including brand management, owner relations, strategic planning and development of new revenue models and Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility Reporting
– Strong financial and P&L management
– Strong internal and external partnerships with NGOs, governments and cross industry leadership programs
– Innovative problem-solver with a proven track record of exceeding business objectives and turning brands and businesses around
– Strong communicator and collaborator with ability to engage and develop stakeholders at all levels of an organization
– Subject matter expert in Corporate Responsibility, Innovation and Sustainability