Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 19–20, 2024
New York Hilton Midtown, New York City

2021 PANEL Greenish


Yuliya Savelyeva, Arup; Jimalee Beno, OCL Architectural Lighting; Renee Borg, Sixteen5Hundred; and Jennifer Lavins, Sixteen5Hundred

March 17, 2021
10:30am – 12:00pm EST


1.5 LU – HSW


The designer, manufacturer, and agent all have a role in sustainable solutions but there is little consistency in communicating and evaluating sustainability. We will explore the 17 UN Sustainability Goals and discuss how the lighting ecosystem can contribute to their attainment. Attendees will be guided through a project case study and their targeted SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Manufacturing will discuss materials evaluation and product transparency, waste diversion, new product development & UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights. Each topic will be related to an SDG. The agent will provide insight into training, awareness, and responsibilities as well as tools for evaluation.

Learning Objectives
1. Introduction to UN Sustainable development goals, importance of sustainability in design and circular economy basics.
2. Challenges that lighting designers, rep agencies and manufactures face in their pursuit of introducing sustainable and circular economy ideas in the process.
3. Design case studies on how UNSDG are being incorporated, and investigation into products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits over their whole life cycle.
4. Questions to start asking the lighting industry in order to move it towards UN sustainable development goals.


Yuliya Savelyeva
Lighting Designer, Arup

Yuliya is a lighting and daylighting designer in Arup, San Francisco office. Coming from a multidisciplinary background, she is interested in creating structures that not only maximize the well-being, comfort, and fulfillment of people but also sparkle curiosity and challenge the way one perceives surroundings. Yuliya is particularly interested in the role of lighting in sustainability, ecology, and circular economy. Some of her projects include Redmond Pavillon in Seattle, WA; Lowline, New York City; Worldwide Salesforce projects, YAP MoMA PS1 installation, MTA and BART transportation projects, Kaiser & UCSF healthcare projects.

Jimalee Beno
President, OCL Architectural Lighting
Jimalee began her career in design but most of her experience is with a lighting manufacturer. She has held positions in sales, sales management, marketing, and product leadership. Her background is with both large and small manufacturing organizations featuring downlighting, performance direct/indirect systems, and decorative products. Jimalee led one of the industry’s first Sustainability Summits and recently spoke at Women in Sustainability.

Renee Borg
Principal, Sixteen5Hundred

Longtime lighting professional Renee Borg currently serves as the Principal of Sixteen5Hundred in Emeryville, California. This privately held company, which employs almost 70 professionals, markets and sells a wide range of lighting and control products. Sixteen5Hundred prides itself on providing its clients with lighting & controls solutions that are both practical and best value. The company’s clientele includes a variety of construction, facilities, and design professionals located in and around Los Angeles.

Jennifer Lavins
Director, Sixteen5Hundred

Jennifer is director of specification sales at sixteen5hundred, bay area lighting representative for lighting and controls. Prior to this she worked at MEP consulting firms on the east and west coasts and is a licensed electrical engineer in the state of California. She has over 25 years of experience in the building and construction industry. Her passion for nature and global ecology is her motivation for pursuing sustainable practices in lighting.