Syracuse University students took first place in several categories at the New York State Green Building Conference (NYSGBC) poster competition! Held on February 29th and March 1st, 2024, the NYSGBC is hosted by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in partnership with Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE) and U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate. Now in its 22nd year, the conference brings together leading practitioners, researchers and educators to advance green building design, construction and processes.

The student poster competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students from any major or institution. Poster projects showcase sustainable, innovative solutions to challenges in the built environment. Winners were selected across four categories:

  • Graduate design
  • Undergraduate design
  • Graduate non-design
  • Undergraduate non-design

A panel of green building experts served as judges, evaluating each poster based on design intent and outcome, data analysis, and presentation.

The following students took first place in their respective categories:

  • Graduate Design Category winner: “Raising the Roof; Implementing Landscape Architecture in the Hunt for NetZero,” presented by SUNY ESF graduate student Arleen Bartels
  • Undergraduate Design Category winner: Two teams tied for first place in this category.
    • “Small Scale Wind for Rooftop Applications,” presented by Syracuse University students Elan Fullmer, Sydney Jud, and Kendra Miller
    • “Sustainable Structural Enhancement of Lightweight Concrete Beams with GFRP,” presented by SUNY Canton students Mathew Greene and Brendan Morrow
  • Graduate Non-Design Category winner: “Development and Application of Low-Cost CO2 Sensors for Monitoring Urban Outdoor Environments: SyracuseCoE Green Roof and I-81 Corridor,” presented by Syracuse University graduate student David Coghiel
  • Undergraduate Non-Design Category winner: “The Combined Effect of Soil Moisture and Evapotranspiration on the Hydrologic Performance of the SyracuseCoE Green Roof,” presented by Syracuse University student Jasmine Rodriguez

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all the students who submitted a poster, as well as the competition judges. Posters were judged by a panel of volunteers, all of whom hold expertise in the green building field:

  • Christina Aßmann, Passive to Positive
  • Charles Bertuch, Bergmann Associates
  • Yossi Bronsnick, Taitem Engineering
  • Diane Brandli, dbDesign
  • Mike Kingsley, Ramboll
  • Peter Lindabury, GHD
  • Glenn Roberts, Trane
  • Lauren Staniec, reDesign
  • Chris Straile, Sustainable Comfort

For more information on the New York State Green Building Conference, visit the conference website.