Celebrating its fifth anniversary, LightCongress, which took place on March 13, 2007, once again assembled an impressive line up of speakers. The day began with a keynote presentation by Laurie Kerr, Senior Policy Advisor in the New York City Mayor's Office for Long Term Planning and Sustainability. Responding to global trends toward sustainability, and more specifically Mayor Bloomberg's mandate for the city to reduce its carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, Kerr is responsible for developing various aspects of the City's plan—PlaNYC-2030—to achieve these goals.
Overall, the conference was divided into three major topic areas: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Daylighting and Health, and Designing with Light, and included a diversity of speakers. The Daylighting sessions, moderated by Neall Digert of Solatube, were particularly strong. Jim Benya spoke about Natural Ambient Daylighting; Dr. Joan Roberts of Fordham University presented on the topic of daylight and human health and how light contributes to the treatment of various diseases; and Matthew Tanteri discussed daylighting techniques for K-12 schools.
The afternoon session was devoted to discussions of "Designing with Light," moderated by lighting designer Leni Schwendinger. A particular stand out presentation was the work of architect Gustavo Aviles, whose firm—Lighteam—has been creating and implementing a master plan for Mexico City.
LightCongress originally served as a media-preview to Lightfair, the lighting industry's main U.S. tradeshow. Over the past five years, LightCongress has evolved into a more content driven event, in order to introduce main stream media to the lighting industry and promote lighting issues. As in year's past, the event was organized by Greystone Partners, along with the support of sponsors—Sylvania, Color Kinetics, Con Edison, the IESNY, Light Tape, and Lighting Science Group—and an advisory board to structure the presentations. ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING once again supported the program as a media sponsor. For more information visit, www.lightcongress.com.