.Please join the Storrs Library, Dr. Minoo TEHRANI and our panel of guests to examine how to create green healthy living environments. Sustainability rules and regulations, when decided at community levels, are most effective. Strategic alliances (public-private partnerships) among municipal agencies, academia, and businesses are imperative for the creation of green and healthy communities. These presentations address ways to assist in achieving the goals of creating green and healthy communities.
10:00-10:10 - Welcoming Remarks by Ms. Andrea Chasen, JD Chair, Energy & Sustainability Committee Longmeadow, MA, USA.
10:10-10:25 - Exergy Concepts for Buildings by Prof. Adrian Altenburger Institute of Building Technology & Energy, School of Engineering & Architecture, Lucerne University, Switzerland.
10:25-10:40 - Energy Performance and Environmental Impacts of Built Environments by Dr. Rahman Azari Stuckeman School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Penn State University, PA, USA.
10:40-10:55 - Rainwater Harvesting & Solar Energy: Green Homes by Dr. Lawrence Fulton School of Health Administration, Texas State University, TX, USA.
11:10-11:25 - Energy & Waste Management by Dr. Ellie Fini Global Institute of Sustainability, College of Engineering, Arizona State University, AZ, USA.
11:25 - Discussion Q & A.
Professor Adrian Altenburger is the Head of the Institute of Building Technology and Energy Lucerne University – School of Engineering and Architecture. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Technology Engineering (HSLU T&A) and a Master’s Degree in Architecture (ETH) as well as a Master’s Degree (1989) in Business Administration (HSLU W). From 1989-1999, he joined Electrowatt Engineering Ltd in Zurich/Switzerland and Bangkok/Thailand as a project engineer and Head of the Department HVAC. From 1999-2015, he was Partner, COO, and a Member of the Board of Directors at Amstein+Walthert Ltd., an Engineering and Consulting company with 800 employees in Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2009, he is a Member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) and since 2010 a Member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV). In 2013, he joined Swissnex Boston for a Sabbatical and was a guest lecturer at Harvard University - Graduate School of Design (GSD). It was during this time and related to the Watt d’Or Exhibition in 2014, that Adrian helped to develop the idea for the Swiss-US Energy Innovation DaysForum.
Dr. Rahman Azari is an architect, an associate professor, and the founding director of Resource and Energy Efficiency [RE2] Lab at Penn State Department of Architecture. Rahman is also a co-founder faculty of Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment. Rahman’s research focuses on life cycle environmental impacts of built environments, innovative construction materials for energy production and carbon sequestration, building and urban energy and carbon efficiency, and data driven models for urban sustainability. He is a recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Upjohn Research Grant in 2018 and 2019 for his collaborative project on “Artificial Leaf based Façade Cladding Systems for Energy Generation and Carbon Sequestration.” Rahman has also sponsored winning entries to ACSA+AIA COTE Top Ten competitions in 2016 and 2017. In 2019, Rahman was recognized as a ‘Researcher to Know’ by the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition. In 2018, he co-edited the Energy and Buildings’ Special Issue on Embodied Energy and Carbon Efficiency. Azari’s research has been widely published in various journal venues such as Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, and Applied Energy. With a background in Architecture, Rahman holds a PhD in Built Environment from the University of Washington in Seattle. Aside from teaching, Azari has extensive experience in the field of Civil/Construction Management focusing on design, estimation, and scheduling of Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings.
Dr. Ellie Fini is an Associate Professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment Transportation Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Dr. Fini received her Ph.D. (2008) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign concentrating on characterizing interfacial properties of adhesives and sealants. She has been research affiliate at MIT’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering since 2011. She is currently serving as the associate editor of ASCE Journal of Materials as well as the inventor and co-founder of a start-up company, Bio-Adhesive Alliance Inc. Ellie has been collaborating with multiple professional and scientific societies, federal agencies, and congressional offices, mainly as an academician. She has been an invited speaker at Kavli Frontiers of Science at the National Academy of Science. She also served as a program director for the National Science Foundation (NSF). To date, she has authored or coauthored 98 research papers and published a book and a book chapter in the area of materials. Ellie has been the recipient of multiple awards, including NSF CAREER award (2017), BEYA STEM Innovation award, and nomination for 2017 BioNight Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
Dr. Larry Fulton is an Associate Professor at Texas State University. His doctorate (2005) is in Management Science and Information Systems. Larry has five other graduate degrees in various disciplines including statistics and health administration. Larry teaches both data science and health administration for Texas State, Northwestern, and Boston College. His research portfolio includes the application of advanced quantitative methods to sustainability and health care problems. One of his latest publications includes forecasting rainfall using time series with machine learning components as part of a simulation for evaluating hospital rainwater harvesting designs. He has articles associated with both healthcare and sustainability in high impact-factor journals such as Sustainability.
Dr. Minoo Tehrani is a professor of management and international business and the Director of the International Programs at the Gabelli School of Business, Roger Williams University. Her Ph.D. is from Arizona State University in Business Administration with specialization in Strategy and International Management. Her undergraduate degree is in petroleum geology and her Master’s degree is from the College of Engineering, Arizona State University. She has been the program chair, president, and co-organizers of several academic conferences in Nancy, France, Montreal, Canada, Bali,Indonesia, Hong Kong, Alexandria, VA, Springfield, MA. The recent conferences that she has been the co-organizer are about Green Cities and Sustainability and include the conferences in Nancy, France, 2018, Wroclaw, Poland, 2019, and Augsburg, Germany, 2021. The next one will be in Switzerland in 2022. Minoo is an invited member of the Swiss-US Energy Innovation Days Forum, Switzerland (2016-present). In 2020, Minoo was selected as a member of the Energy & Sustainability Committee of the town of Longmeadow, MA. Her recent publications are in the areas of green cities and sustainability practices in the restaurant industry, Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, and economic disparity and the relationship with the health of the communities.