HAPPY EARTH DAY!!! ... And the Long Island Business News 2011 Real Estate & Development Awards go to....Samar Hospitality and Quadrangle Properties/




... And the Long Island Business News 2011 Real Estate & Development Awards go to....

Samar Hospitality and Quadrangle Properties/United Realty!

by Karla Fisk

The Cotocon Group offers its deepest congratulations to two of its LEED clients, Samar Hospitality and Quadrangle Properties/United Realty, on the announcement of each being honored for the construction of new projects, with a 2011 LIBN Real Estate & Development Award.

According to Long Island Business News (LIBN), “Top performers were selected by the editors of Long Island Business News after reviewing nomination materials submitted” and are among “the Island’s top professionals in the commercial and residential business community”.

Samar Hospitality (principal, Alan Mendel) won the 2011 LIBN REDA Award for Top Hospitality Development, Nassau for the Viana Hotel & Spa which is located in Westbury, New York. For more information on the Viana Hotel & Spa please click here.

Quadrangle Properties/United Realty (principal, David Abel) won the 2011 LIBN REDA Award for Top Green Project-Private, for Motor Parkway Plaza located in Happaugue, New York. For more information on Motor Parkway Plaza please click here.

The Cotocon Group is the LEED consultant on each of these projects.

Samar Hospitality and Quadrangle Properties will each receive their award at the LIBN 2011 Real Estate & Development Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 26, from 6 to 8 PM, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

There were many people involved in each of these projects, who contributed their expertise in making them award winners. Watch “The LEED’r” for the details in upcoming in-depth articles on Motor Parkway Plaza and on the Viana Hotel and Spa.


Sustainable living guru’s guide to life

Q& A with Jeffrey Hollender as it appears in a Washington Post article written by Megan Buerger.

If someone can do only one green thing in their home, what should it be?

Buy less stuff! It is more important to buy less stuff than to buy green stuff. We as a society consume way too much, and the planet simply can’t bear the impacts. Try this: Go for 30 days and, other than food, toothpaste and gasoline, don’t buy anything new. You’ll see how addicting consumption is. Buying less stuff is something that everyone can participate in, whether you’re 8 or 80.

What do you hope people learn from (your book) “Planet Home”?

First, we wanted to help people navigate through the complex maze of making responsible and sustainable decisions, which meant thinking about what actions really matter.

Second, it was an effort at introducing the systemic approach to green living. This effort begins when you put your 2-year-old in the bathtub and wash her hair with wonderful organic shampoo but forget that you cleaned the tub with a toxic chemical.

How do you feel about the high cost of eco-friendly living?

Historically, it has been true that green living is generally a wonderful thing for the most affluent and arguably does the least for those who need it the most. However, I think this is in the early stages of changing. Not only are large retailers like Wal-Mart, Target and Costco beginning to deal with the cost-premium issue, but other areas of green living that focus on the local economy, such as farmers markets, are really beginning to see some traction.

What have you discovered about cleaning products that would surprise people?

The dangerous effects of the chemicals in these products that we don’t think about, like chlorine, can be shocking. When you mix a chlorine-based cleaner with an ammonia-based cleaner, it produces a gas that will quickly send you to the hospital and possibly kill you. Products are way overpowered for the job they have to do, but we want immediate results so we pull out the heavy guns and don’t pay attention to the collateral damage. It’s like having a bazooka to kill a fly!

What are the least sustainable activities Americans do today?

The two things that come to mind are the cars we drive and the food we eat. By giving up meat, you can comfortably reduce your negative footprint on the planet by 25 percent. . . . We have food shortages and escalating food prices. Meat is a big, big issue.

Where do you look for inspiration and information?

Living in Vermont is endlessly inspiring. It’s hopeful, and balanced by spending time in Manhattan, which is inspiring in an entirely different sense. I’ve meditated daily for about two decades now. It slows me down, and I’m probably a nicer person to be around because of it!

What advice would you pass on to the next generation?

Perhaps most important is that we have the knowledge required to deal with the problems we’re facing. So it’s about asking ourselves, “Do we have the will to do what we need to do?” When I speak at colleges, I’m pretty heavy-handed about laying this responsibility on the next generation, because if they do what our generation is doing, it will not lead to a great end.


Green in the News

A Silent Bell for 11 Who are Gone - A New York Times blogger ignites searing dialogue concerning the eleven people killed during the Deepwater Rig disaster. Check it out here

An Oyster on the Seder Plate? - LAST night I put an oyster on my Seder plate. While I didn’t particularly want to put something traif atop that most kosher of dishes, this Passover falls on the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. And since BP, the leaseholder of the failed well, seems intent with its new television ads on making us forget about the spill, I felt that something drastic was in order to help us remember...read on

The Netherlands to Pave Roads with Solaroad Solar Panels - n addition to being one of the most bike-friendly places in Europe, the Netherlands is about to make their bike lanes even more green — by paving them with solar panels. The initiative is part of a larger plan to pave all of their roads with solar panels but the Dutch have elected to start the experiment with two-wheeled transportation lanes. The technology is called SolaRoad and was developed by the Dutch firm TNO...read on

World’s First Floating Golf Course Set to Break Water in the Maldives - If you build it - they will come. At least that's what developers must be thinking as they launch plans for the world's first floating golf course in the Maldives. Threatened with rising sea levels from climate change, the island nation may be doomed to a watery grave unless it transitions to floating developments. Developed by Dutch Docklands and designed through a collaboration between golf course developer Troon Golf and Waterstudio.NL, the zero-footprint solar-powered golf course will be one of the first floating developments and is expected to bring in a wave of new tourists...read on




Local Law 84

All buildings in New York City over 50,000 square feet are required to submit an annual energy benchmark. We're here to help make it as easy as possible for you to meet this requirement, while putting a valuable financial evaluation tool in your hands.

Building owners and operators are growing more concerned with the upcoming deadline to have their properties properly benchmarked. Professionals in the industry are reporting a sharp increase in the RFQ's for building benchmarking. What surprises most industry professionals is how easily and quickly these buildings can be benchmarked - assuming of course you hire the correct professionals.

Benchmarking is easy-to-do, inexpensive, and accessible. In addition to supporting the requirement, we can provide intuitive monthly reports on your energy usage and spotlight opportunities for energy savings. The first benchmark report is due to the city on May 1, 2011 (grace period instituted, please see below), but there are benefits to starting as soon as possible so that you can take control of your energy usage sooner.

The grace period for penalties only applies for May 1 to August 1, 2011 while owners get used to the new requirements; (however, the city doesn't expect extensions in future years). Russell Unger, Executive Director of the Urban Green Council, sees the extension as a smart move. While some owners have already been benchmarking, for the vast majority, especially residential coops, this is totally new. Given that 16,000 buildings are impacted by the law, and the fact that the final rules were only issued last month, an grace period for the fines will make the transition to the reporting less painful.

Own buildings in New York City? Let us help you comply with NYC's new mandatory benchmarking requirement (Local Law 84).

Click here to find out more information about benchmarking and complying with the LAW!


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