Away We Go on Our Green Journey

The Paley Center’s First Green Steps

The Paley Center for Media has recently begun its journey to become environmentally sustainable. One of the ways we are working to further green media initiatives is through cohosting the April 21 Earth Day Eve Forum with the Producers Guild of America. We also are using planned renovations as an opportunity to green our facilities. 

On April 16, the Paley Center formally opens The Kissinger Global Conference Room, a new conference room designed for holding global dialogues between industry, business, and government leaders. This opening of the Kissinger Room is not only important because of the growth of the Paley Center’s programs and offerings, but also because it represents the Paley Center’s first steps to green its facilities and operations, and communicate the importance of going green to the international media community.

Both the design of the space and materials specified for its construction inform the dialogs it is designed to host through raising consciousness about the interconnection of our global community. The blue of the walls evokes the oceans that connect the peoples of the world. This is grounded literally and metaphorically by a thatched green/brown carpet, which signals a presence of the earth. Into this space that respects the primacy of the natural world come the leaders of the media industry to discuss the business and art of the creative worlds. The space is named for Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, a man of singular international achievement.

The room was designed by Lee Skolnick, principal of Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+DP), an architecture and design firm specializing in master planning, architecture, interior design, sustainable design, exhibition design, graphic design and interpretive services. Established in 1980, LHSA+DP has provided this unique range of services to diverse clients and projects of varied scopes and sizes throughout the world.

 

The Kissinger Global Conference Room is available for rental.

The following are some of the green features in The Kissinger Global Conference Room:

Green Materials

Recyclable, Locally Manufactured Artwork

Dimensional Communications designed the overhead map of the globe that is a focal point for the room. The piece reinforces the global theme and interconnected world. The piece was manufactured locally in New Jersey and is made of readily recyclable materials including aluminum, glass, and stainless steel cable.

Countertops Made Locally of Recycled Glass
Countertops are made from cement and 100 percent recycled glass, and are manufactured by Ice Stone in Brooklyn, NY. The product contains over 70 percent recycled content by weight and no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Recycled Content, No Landfill Carpet
Manufactured by Milliken, the carpet contains 35 percent recycled content. At the end of its life, the carpet will be returned to the manufacturer for reuse, recycling, or energy recovery. Milliken’s no-landfill commitment is a strong one since 2.8 million tons of carpet is sent to the landfill every year in the United States. Milliken has reduced its carbon footprint and offset remaining emissions through using small hydroelectric plants and through planting and maintaining more than 138,000 acres of company-owned forest which absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The carpet's adhesive backing eliminates VOC off-gassing associated with wet adhesives used for many types of carpet. 

Energy and Water Efficiency

Energy and water efficiency are key ways that buildings can reduce operations costs and impact on the environment. 

Lighting
In a global media conference room, perfect light is a must. To achieve high performance and maximize energy efficiency, the Paley Center utilized a combination of efficient fixtures and computer-controlled dimming. Low-wattage instruments include a combination of compact fluorescent lights, linear fluorescent, and low-voltage halogen lamps. Computer-controlled dimming allows to optimize lighting conditions based on available daylight and the needs of the room based on activity type. This combination system is estimated to reduce energy consumption by 30 to 50 percent compared to a facility using manually controlled incandescent lighting. This technology is a perfect example of how environmental solutions can optimize performance and reduce energy consumption and operational costs.

Motion Sensors to Reduce Unnecessary Consumption
The conference room and restroom facilities are equipped with motion sensors for all lighting, faucets, and toilets. Motion sensors are another example where going green is not only better for the environment but saves money. For example, in many applications, lighting motion sensors have a payback of less than one year because of the energy saved through their use. 

The First Steps on the Green Journey

The greening of The Kissinger Global Conference Room is one of the Paley Center’s first steps toward going green. This fall the Paley Center is renovating its lobby and theater. Please stay tuned for more updates on the green features to be included in this renovation, our programs, and operations.

 

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