Greener New York City Spotlight

July 15, 2020 | Online Panel

In 2019, New York City passed its own city-wide version of the Green New Deal.

The plan includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, setting new goals for new developments and existing infrastructure like power plants.

The bill has made New York City a leader in environmental action. How are companies adapting to the new laws and how is compliance progressing one year in?

Join us to hear from expert panelists about the status of called-for changes and how New Yorkers can play a vital role in making our city a leader in the movement against climate change.

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Stephen B. Wemple
Stephen B. Wemple

General Manager, Utility of the Future, Con Edison


Stephen Wemple is the General Manager of Con Edison’s Utility of the Future Team responsible for the energy policy issues associated with New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

Prior to joining the Utility of Future Team, Mr. Wemple was Vice President of Regulatory Affairs representing Con Edison’s non-utility affiliates, Con Edison Development, Con Edison Energy and Con Edison Solutions in State and Federal regulatory proceedings.

Mr. Wemple has been an active participant in the New York, New England and PJM energy markets and is a prior Chair of the NYISO’s Business Issues Committee. He has worked for the Con Edison family of companies for over 30 years with responsibilities ranging from planning for both fossil and renewable generation, implementation of energy efficiency programs, development of retail access programs as well as marketing and business development for the wholesale and retail commodity businesses.

Mr. Wemple received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from Cornell University and is a volunteer firefighter.

Julie Raskin
Julie Raskin

Executive Director, Foundation for NY’s Strongest, NYC Department of Sanitation


Julie Raskin is the Executive Director of Foundation for New York’s Strongest, the official nonprofit partner of the NYC Dept. of Sanitation. The Foundation partners with the Department of Sanitation to bring together innovators and the community to create a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable New York City.

Julie joined DSNY from American Express where she focused on developing internal and external partnerships to drive customer engagement and growth. She previously worked at the NYC Parks Department, where she developed a sustainability plan for special events and led a public-private partnership to install free public Wi-Fi in parks citywide.

She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Amer Jandali
Amer Jandali

Environmental Futurist and Social Designer, CEO & Founder, Future Meets Present


Future Meets Present is the idea that a sustainable future is not far off in time and space, but there are indicators of it expressing itself right here in the present. As a company, Future Meets Present designs products, systems, and events that bring this vision to life. Future Meets Present’s projects include: the “Braceletote”, an innovative, wrappable tote bag designed to replace single-use plastic bags during an urban commute; and The “Marketplace of the Future”, a yearly event that brings together eco-conscious start-ups to represent an immersive “snapshot” of a sustainable future. The 2019 Marketplace of the Future was the official closing ceremony for the 11th annual Climate Week NYC – the largest in the world.

In addition, Amer is an “Innovator in Residence” at the Centre for Social Innovation, working to design a scalable zero-waste system that has proven to increase office waste diversion from 40% to 90%.

Marcos Salazar - Moderator
Marcos Salazar - Moderator

CEO & Co-Founder, Be Social Change


Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books.

Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles. Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at

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