Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
Joe Allen, Director of the Healthy Buildings Program, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment
Nilda Mesa, Director of NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Russell Unger, Executive Director, LEED AP, Urban Green
Joseph Allen is Director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment.
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
Nilda Mesa is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. She first joined the de Blasio administration as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination. Previously she worked in a number of roles at Columbia University, including Assistant Vice President for Environmental Stewardship, founding and leading the sustainability office to promote and implement sustainability measures within management and administration, focusing on green building and design, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and air quality.
Russell has led Urban Green since 2007, building and guiding the organization's innovative programs and initiatives and cementing its place as a national leader in advocacy, education, and research. Under his leadership, Urban Green launched programs ranging from GPRO (education for building trades and contractors) to the EBie Awards for existing buildings. He was twice tapped by the City of New York to lead blue ribbon commissions – Building Resiliency Task Force (2013) and Green Codes Task Force (2008-2010) – leading to 60 code revisions or programs in 3 years.