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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Monday, May 15, 2023 
8:30 am – 4:00 pm EDT (including a 30-min. break) 


Working under New York’s Design Professional Licensing Laws       
Presented by Patricia A. Harris 

  • Appropriate use (and non-use) of design professional seals
  • Practice with design firms and non-designers 
  • Requirement to take responsible charge and/or supervise others 
  • Types of projects, services and practical tips for compliance 
  • Practicing outside areas of competence


Using Green Stormwater Infrastructure   
Presented by Stephen J. Souza

  • Preferred green infrastructure 
  • Advanced stormwater management techniques

Transition to Renewables under New York Laws and Incentives                           
Presented by Daniel A. Spitzer 

  • Curbing greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Investing in on-site versus community renewable systems 
  • Finance and incentives


Defining and Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality                      
Presented by Manon Meskens and Sebastian Moreno-Vacca 

  • Defining carbon neutrality
  • The accelerating movement toward carbon neutral building
  • Measuring carbon neutrality
  • Methods of moving toward carbon neutrality                   


Ethical Issues for Design Professionals 
Presented: by Wojciech Jackowski      

  • Overview and introduction to design professionals’ ethics
  • Adopting practices which minimize ethical issues
  • Design professional’s duties to your employer, the project owner, and other project participants
  • Group scenarios with real implications                          


Remediating and Redeveloping Brownfields   
Presented by Linda R. Shaw 

  • Understanding Brownfield/Superfund redevelopment
  • Participating in the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program
  • Compliance issues with hazardous waste, chemicals, etc. 
  • Achieving a Certificate of Completion


Webinar Instructions
All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

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Internet connection: Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more


Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs, including 1.0 Ethics Hour

6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 LU|HSW


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hourm for professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in New York.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits
The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:
6.5 HSW LUs (AIA)


Patricia A. Harris, LEED AP

Special Counsel, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP; Founder and CEO, LicenseSure LLC

Patricia A. Harris, provides legal and business counsel to architects and engineers across the country. A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Harris is the founder and CEO of Licensesure, which provides business and licensing compliance services to design professionals. From 2000 to 2013, she served as the Managing Partner of Zetlin and De Chiara. Ms. Harris started her career as a corporate attorney with two New York City law firms and her legal practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, business organization and management issues, and licensing issues. Ms. Harris is very active in design industry organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors and President-Elect of the Global Design Alliance. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, having served as Board Chair in 2015. In 2012, she served on the Mayor’s Task Force for Rebuilding New York City. She speaks and writes about business organization and professional licensing to industry organizations such as the AIA and ACEC. Ms. Harris has been recognized for her leadership by the Global Design Alliance which presented her with their Sutherland Award for service to the design industry. She was also selected to appear in the 2021 Super Lawyers list of top rated attorneys.

Wojciech “Voytek” Jackowski

Principal, Commercial Litigation Practice Group Chair, Offit Kurman P.A., New York, NY

Mr. Jackowski’s practice focuses on commercial and corporate dispute resolution with an emphasis on achieving rational business solutions or cost-effective judicial resolutions of such disputes. In his practice, he often represents clients in transactional matters, and applies his litigation experience in advising clients and provides value-added services in structuring business, financial and legal terms for his construction industry clients. In addition to appearing in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels and administrative panels domestically, Mr. Jackowski has experience in international aspects of litigation. He has represented entities and individuals in cases involving trade and contract disputes, property loss claims, bankruptcy proceedings, construction issues, commodities and derivatives matters, white-collar crime, personal injury, and claims raising questions under federal labor law. Mr. Jackowski has extensive experience with disputes involving real estate, construction contracts, design and construction defects, and the representation of various real estate industry stakeholders in mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals.

Manon Meskens

Architect and Development Manager of A2M NYC (M2A)

Ms. Meskens has seven years of experience in Passive House design. She studied architecture and sustainable design at ULB in Brussels. There, she worked on Passive House buildings from small, residential projects to large-scale, urban planning throughout Europe. In 2018, she moved to New York City, where she has spearheaded sustainable projects throughout the U.S. and Canada while giving lectures and training professional networks.

Sebastian Moreno-Vacca

Architect and Founding Partner, A2M

Mr. Moreno-Vacca leads A2M’s vision, design aesthetic and drives to be the most sustainable and energy efficient architecture possible. Since starting the architecture firm A2M in 2000, he has led it to international recognition through his sustainable building knowledge and his numerous roles as president of the Board of the Belgian Passive House Association. Since 2006, Mr. Moreno-Vacca has also been teaching at ULB architecture university. In 2009, he co-founded and edited the magazine ‘be.passive’. Mr. Moreno-Vacca has been giving lectures regularly for several professional networks (architects, engineers and builders) for more than 20 years. He has also been giving an extensive set of presentations, conferences and trainings all over the world. A2M now has offices in Brussels and Lisbon, and a sister company, M2A, in the United States.

Linda R. Shaw

Partner, Knauf Shaw LLP

Linda R. Shaw concentrates her law practice in environmental, land use and municipal transactional law, and civil litigation and appeals. She represents developers, municipalities, property purchasers and businesses in matters involving the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), brownfield or contaminated real estate, petroleum spills, zoning matters, environmental impact statements, and green industrial, alternative energy, and general project development work. Ms. Shaw established Knauf Shaw with partner Alan Knauf in 1998. Seven years before that, she commenced her legal career at Harris Beach PLLC, the New York Power Authority and City of New York Corporation Counsel’s office. Her seven years in the public sector for the City of New York in the Department of Sanitation and the Mayor’s office of Operations has also provided her with the experience to navigate government processes to obtain the most rapid approvals. The focus of Ms. Shaw’s practice on the redevelopment of brownfield property has resulted in a number of significant projects being constructed on formerly contaminated real estate including projects such as The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale, Queens, Silver Towers on 41st Street; Clinton Green on 52-53rd Street in Manhattan; Erie Harbor on the Genesee River in Rochester; the Ritz Carlton in White Plains, and many others still in progress from Suffolk County on Long Island, up the Thruway to Yonkers and Albany, and over to Niagara Falls, New York. Her statewide practice has provided her with experience in each DEC region of New York State.

Dr. Stephen J. Souza, Ph.D.

Owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC in New Jersey

Dr. Souza is the founding partner of Princeton Hydro, LLC. From its inception in 1998 through 2018, he served as president of Princeton Hydro, retiring from the company in 2019. Over the past 35 years he has dedicated his career to the management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, in particular lakes, ponds and reservoirs. Dr. Souza received his B.S. degree in 1974 from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, his M.S. in 1976 from Rutgers University, and his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Connecticut. He has served over the past 25 years as an instructor and course coordinator for the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education, developing and implementing multiple short courses focused on the management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Souza is also an adjunct professor at Temple University (Ambler Campus), teaching a graduate studies course in the Department of Landscape and Horticulture (Tyler School of Art and Agriculture). He also conducts a professional continuing education course focusing on green infrastructure stormwater management for CPES through Montclair State University.

Daniel A. Spitzer

Partner with Hodgson Russ LLP

Daniel A. Spitzer concentrates his practice on issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, sustainable development, land use law, municipal law, and real estate development. His practice involves numerous renewable energy projects, including representing municipalities, developers, land owners, and financing entities. His work includes some of the largest wind farms in the eastern United States; multiple utility and small-scale solar projects; and landfill, gas-to-energy, biomass, storage, transmission, and energy efficiency projects. A primary part of his work focuses on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) review and compliance with federal and state environmental statutes. His work includes environmental assessments for large-scale telecommunications projects, infrastructure projects and power generation projects. He counsels agencies and private clients on compliance with historic preservation laws, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other federal environmental statutes and regulations. His practice also includes work in areas concerning the valuation of property. He represents property owners and municipalities in condemnation proceedings and tax assessment challenges, from the initial filing of claims, all the way through to trial. His clients include municipal redevelopment agencies, developers, and taxpayers throughout New York State.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Current Issues for New York State Architects and Engineers

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5-hour course primarily focuses on six current issues for New York architects and engineers: professional licensing laws, green stormwater infrastructure, transition to renewable energy, carbon neutrality, ethical issues and remediating brownfields.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to adopt advanced green stormwater management techniques and utilize preferred green infrastructure.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss on-site versus community renewable systems and identify methods of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment and complying with New York laws and incentives.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify ethical issues for design professionals, adopt practices to minimize these issues, and explain the design professional’s duties to employer, project owner and other stakeholders.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to participate in the New York Brownfield Cleanup Program, navigate compliance issues with hazardous waste and chemicals, and achieve a certificate of completion for remediating/redeveloping

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/08/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.