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Trailblazers in Clean Energy

By District Energy posted 04-25-2024 10:57


City and State New York


In the race for a clean energy future, New York has emerged as a front-runner. The state passed the landmark Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act in 2019, creating a roadmap for the transition away from fossil fuels. One recent milestone was the completion of the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind project, with more in the works. And in New York City, a groundbreaking law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings went into effect at the start of the year. 

Pallavi Mantha

Americas East Climate and Sustainability Services Lead, Arup
An award-winning leader in climate and sustainability, Pallavi Mantha heads up East Climate and Sustainability Services at Arup, a sustainable development consultancy. Mantha’s experience includes strategic and operational decarbonization as well as energy resilience, which combined with her deep background in such areas as master planning, financial analysis, and renewable and building energy modeling allow her to develop and implement comprehensive plans for her clients. She has worked on projects that range from a single building to citywide and statewide projects.


Director of Plant Operations, Energy and Engineering, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute
Bob Berninger has risen up the ranks of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s energy operations unit to take on a role of overseeing all of the energy needs for the acclaimed cancer center. Berninger has reduced the cancer center’s emissions by 58%, along with a 23% reduction in heating energy use and a 20% reduction in chilled water use. He has initiated a combined heat-power system that has reduced carbon emissions while also addressing a growth in hospital resiliency. Berninger has also established himself as an expert within the hospital energy sphere nationally.