The Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization is delighted to recognize these outstanding individuals and organizations at our upcoming Annual Gala on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, from 6 PM to 9 PM at Ideal Glass Studios in Manhattan.

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Xiye Bastida, Climate Activist and Co-Founder of the Re-Earth Initiative

Xiye Bastida is a 21-year-old climate justice activist. She is a member of the Otomi-Toltec Indigenous community, located in the highlands of Central Mexico. Her first high-level interventions were at the age of sixteen at UN-Habitat II, in Malaysia. She and her environmental club at Beacon High School played a key role in getting the CLPCC Act passed in early 2019, and the series of student-led strikes and intergenerational protests that followed gained momentum and critical content thanks to her leadership, where her voice was coupled with that of Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein.

In April of 2020, she convened and co-founded the Re-Earth Initiative to highlight frontline communities and champion intersectional climate solutions. In 2021, she spoke at the Biden Climate Summit in front of 40 heads of state, and later that year, she closed the World Leaders Summit at COP26.

Xiye wants to bridge the gap between policy and youth inclusion to empower the movement. She was named Ambassador to the United Nations High-Level Champions in 2021. She is also a commissioner on the Climate Governance Commission alongside Maria Fernanda Espinoza, Johan Rockstrom, and Mary Robinson. 

Xiye serves as a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Champion and is an ambassador to the Plastic Pollution Coalition and the work of Global Choices to protect the Arctic.

She authored the first chapter of the All We Can Save Anthology, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson. She is the recipient of the 2018 United Nations Spirit Award and was named ELLE Woman of Impact in 2023. She is TIME100 Next 2023 and had the honor of giving the keynote speech on the International Day of Peace at the UN in September 2023.

Xiye is an honor student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is preparing a dissertation on the challenges faced by low-income NYC residents vis-à-vis sea level rise. Xiye is the executive producer of an upcoming climate documentary about the impacts of exacerbated production and consumption systems on ocean life.

nARCHITECTS C0-Founders Mimi Hoang, AIA, and Eric Bunge, FAIA

nARCHITECTS is a Brooklyn-based practice working nationally and internationally on new buildings, transformations, and public spaces. They partner with public agencies, cultural institutions, developers, and private clients to design architecture that aligns with a changing world. The work of nARCHITECTS spans across geography and type, to unite social and environmental resilience with spatial invention.

Co-founded in 1999 by Eric Bunge, FAIA, and Mimi Hoang, AIA, nARCHITECTS gained international attention in 2004 with Canopy at MoMA/PS1 and, soon after, Switch Building and Gallery in Manhattan. Since these early projects, their work has continued to engage with critical issues that are transforming cultural spaces, civic buildings, and housing. As New York City’s first micro-unit apartment building and the tallest modular building in Manhattan at the time of completion, Carmel Place helped to contribute to changes in the Zoning Resolution in support of livable spaces for an increasing number of small households. Meanwhile, the design center A/D/O provided a new public platform for design thinking in a transformed warehouse in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint, becoming a major producer of culture in its four years of existence. With the renovation of the Chicago Navy Pier (with James Corner Field Operations) and the completion of the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, the firm established a national profile, going on to receive the National Design Award in Architecture from Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum in 2023, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2016, and the NYS State Firm of the Year Award in 2017. Since 2008, nARCHITECTS has also worked internationally, completing buildings in Beirut, Calgary, and Hong Kong, installations in France, and the design Triennial in Milan.

Projects on the boards include the Made in NY Campus for the garment industry, park pavilions for Gansevoort Peninsula in Manhattan and Hoboken, a zoo renovation in NYC, an M+O building for NYC Parks, an ecology center in Long Island, a nature center, and two private houses in upstate NY.

Ron McCoy, FAIA, University Architect of Princeton University

Ron McCoy has served as the University Architect at Princeton University since 2008.  He provides overall guidance for the planning, architecture, and landscape of the Princeton campus. In this role, Ron is responsible for collaborating with some of the leading architects of our generation who have been given the responsibility to advance the values and mission of the institution while respecting and enhancing the unique qualities of the campus.

Ron was part of the facilities team that delivered a generation of new projects that were envisioned in the 2016 campus plan. He led the effort to create the 2026 Campus Plan, which provides a comprehensive planning framework for the largest period of growth in Princeton’s 278-year history. Under Ron’s leadership, the university has grown by nearly 50%, adding approximately 5 million square feet of new space while rehabilitating more than 60 heritage campus buildings.

The 2026 Campus Plan will be remembered for creating a pathway to carbon neutrality in 2046. The plan includes the construction of the second largest geo-exchange district energy system in North America. It creates targets for low-embodied carbon materials, as evident in the construction of six current projects utilizing mass timber.

Before joining Princeton, Ron served as University Architect at Arizona State University, overseeing approximately 6 million square feet of new construction, including creating a new campus in downtown Phoenix.  He is Professor Emeritus at ASU, having served as Professor and Director of the School of Architecture.

Ron is a member of the AIA College of Fellows and a recipient of the AIA Arizona Architects Medal, which recognizes outstanding professional achievements and social responsibility. He received a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. When his schedule allows, he teaches a freshman seminar entitled, “Architecture and the American College Campus.”

 

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