What's the buzz from the VERGE Salon NYC?

What's the buzz from the VERGE Salon NYC?

Bina Venkataraman at VERGE Salon NYC 2014 (Credit: Melanie Einzig, GreenBiz)

The first VERGE Salon kicked off today in New York City at Baruch College, exploring the connections between the worlds of sustainability and technology.

Jack Nyman, executive director of Baruch's Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, set the tone, calling for "a new American dream" that uses a community-based approach to build a brighter, more sustainable future.

GreenBiz VERGE events are about big ideas and practical, scalable solutions in six key areas: next-gen buildings, resilient cities, sustainable mobility, smarter supply chains, new energy systems, and food and water systems.

With this event, GreenBiz has partnered with Climate Week NYC, which officially begins Sept. 22. Look for a flurry of important news this month, including this green infrastructure effort by CH2MHill and The Nature Conservancy and this CDP report about the emerging corporate carbon market.

You can watch the recorded keynotes of today's VERGE Salon here. Our signature VERGE conference reaches San Francisco from Oct. 27 to 30. Here are today's highlights from Twitter:

"Buildings don't belong to the architect. They belong to the city where they are built." ~Cesar Pelli @PCPArch #VERGECon

— Elaine Hsieh (@elaineishere) September 16, 2014

Performance transparency can drive market forces. Appliances became significantly more efficient after Energy Star labels #VERGEcon

— Dan Probst (@DanProbstJLL) September 16, 2014

We need data transparency for sustainable prosperity in real estate; with @nilskok @IMTCliff @chrispyke @kilrwat at #VERGEcon with @GreenBiz

— ClimateWeekNYC (@ClimateWeekNYC) September 16, 2014

Could we have Yelp for bldgs where people talk about comfort, performance, etc.? @nilskok says there's Dutch co already doing it. #VERGEcon

— Katie Weeks (@katieweeks) September 16, 2014

Loving the pitches at #VERGECon Accelerate: @HEVOPower @RadiatorLabs Bandwagon @ontodia @RentricityWater Congrats to @Blocpower on the win!

— Elaine Hsieh (@elaineishere) September 16, 2014

Can't have #resilience or smart cities without direct citizen engagement #VERGECon cc @sethschultz @100rescities

— Micah Jason (@cleantechnyc) September 16, 2014

Instead of linear systems that produce waste we should build sustainable systems like trees @GreenTechLady #VERGEcon #sustainablebuildings

— Sefaira (@sefaira) September 16, 2014

Should urban systems be modeled like a forest? Ed Clerico says distributed is best. @VishaanNYC says density is most resilient. #VERGECon

— Elaine Hsieh (@elaineishere) September 16, 2014

We need "communities of innovators" to turn data into tools people can use in their lives. - @binajv @whitehouseostp #ClimateData #VERGEcon

— David Gilford (@dgilford) September 16, 2014

With Sue Lebeck @cityprotocolsoc, Liz Yee @100rescities, and @Sethschultz @c40cities at #Vergecon Salon NYC. pic.twitter.com/wtIAOBw7AR

— Michael Jansen (@MichaelCAJansen) September 16, 2014

Top image of Bina Venkataraman, White House senior advisor for Climate Change Innovation, at VERGE Salon NYC 2014 by Melanie Einzig via GreenBiz