SYDNEY MAINSTER - Vice President of Sustainability

Sydney brings over 16 years of professional and academic architecture, design, and construction experience to The Durst Organization. As Director of Sustainability, her primary role is to support the company leadership’s vision for sustainability in ground-up development projects, existing building renovations, and building management. Working cross-functionally with the Marketing, Leasing, Engineering, Operations, and Construction Departments, Sydney develops strategies for implementing sustainability guidelines, setting targets, and maximizing tenant engagement. She defines and refines design and construction sustainability criteria utilizing data from current green building rating systems health research and chemical red lists; and sustainability best practices in energy, water, indoor environmental quality, and cradle-to-cradle product manufacturing, use, and disposal.

Sydney works closely with design consultants, construction teams, and manufacturers to ensure product selection, procurement, and installation all meet established performance and sustainability criteria—not only to achieve outcomes on current building projects, but also to improve environmental standards and innovation in the industry at large. Sydney is a board member of the Building Energy Exchange and the NYLCV Council of Innovation & Best Practices Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.