City Tech Professor Leader in New York City Sustainability Initiatives

City Tech Professor Illya Azaroff, an award-winning architect, participated in City & State’s “On Sustainability” conference on September 28 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan where leaders in sustainability, energy, government, advocacy and business gathered to discuss green initiatives in New York, reducing the carbon footprint, water resiliency and protection, zero food waste and more.

Rick Chandler, Commissioner, New York City Department of Buildings; Kathryn Garcia Commissioner, New York City Department of Sanitation; and Vincent Sapienza, Acting Commissioner, NYC Department of Environmental Protection were keynote speakers.

l to r: Jarmoszuk, Treyger, Glus, Tighe, Azaroff

Professor Azaroff served as the moderator of the “Improving Water Quality and Resiliency” panel. The water contamination in Hoosick Falls last year raised many questions about New York’s ability to handle a water crisis and its effects on the public’s health. This panel identified the new challenges we face, and examined the best advances for dealing with groundwater and surface water pollution to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to clean drinking water while also protecting residents and vulnerable communities from the adverse impacts of climate change.

Panelists included Senator Todd Kaminsky, Ranking Member, Environmental Conservation Committee; Julie Tighe, Chief of Staff, New York Department of Environmental Conservation; Council Member Mark Treyger, Chair of the Council’s Committee on Recovery and Resiliency; Aloysee Jarmoszuk, Chief of Staff for Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose (Vice Chancellor for Operations, NYC Department of Education); and Peter Glus, Senior Vice President, City Executive, Arcadis.

Other panels at the conference explored energy-efficient initiatives to decrease New York’s carbon footprint and the future of food sustainability.

The 2017 On Sustainability conference brought together over 250 industry professionals from across the state including: policymakers, sustainability officers, energy managers, community development leaders to share successful economic growth strategies.