Urban Green Council

Urban Green Council The mission of Urban Green Council is to decarbonize buildings for healthy and resilient communities.
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Our mission is to transform buildings for a sustainable future in New York City and around the world. We believe the critical issue facing the world today is climate change. Our focus on climate change requires us to focus on energy and other resource management. As we improve energy and other resource management, we can deliver a more resilient, efficient, healthy and affordable city.

We at Urban Green are proud to have supported   for Carbon Neutrality this year and are thrilled to see it approved by N...
12/06/2023

We at Urban Green are proud to have supported for Carbon Neutrality this year and are thrilled to see it approved by New York City Council! We were proud to partner with the Department of City Planning to facilitate stakeholder input to guide and support this outcome. This package is a reminder that the boldest climate action requires detailed implementation to be successful, and we’re grateful that implementation is underway in NYC.

The world is facing a climate emergency. To respond, cities across the globe — including New York City — have set ambitious goals to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve our goals by 2050, we need to transform our energy grid, retrofit our buildings, and shift to electric vehicles, ...

It's time for a supporter shoutout! Thank you to our Sustainability Champion supporters: Brookfield Properties, Carrier,...
12/02/2023

It's time for a supporter shoutout! Thank you to our Sustainability Champion supporters: Brookfield Properties, Carrier, New York Power Authority, Turner Construction Company and Vornado Realty Trust.

Find out how your company can support green building in New York: https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/support-our-work/corporate-support/

This  , support sustainable cities! We're working tirelessly to decarbonize buildings for healthy and resilient communit...
11/28/2023

This , support sustainable cities! We're working tirelessly to decarbonize buildings for healthy and resilient communities, and our critical work wouldn't be possible without your help.

We have a variety of options for both organizational and individual support—there's no wrong way to get involved in the green building movement!

https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/support-our-work/

What will energy upgrades spurred by   mean for the workforce, and how will building operators contribute to the success...
11/27/2023

What will energy upgrades spurred by mean for the workforce, and how will building operators contribute to the success of ’s decarbonization efforts?

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What will energy upgrades spurred by LL97 mean for the workforce?

Urban Green is  ! We're seeking an experienced, driven, technically skilled Research Manager to join our Research & Poli...
11/21/2023

Urban Green is ! We're seeking an experienced, driven, technically skilled Research Manager to join our Research & Policy team. Reporting to the Senior Director of Research & Policy, the Research Manager will plan and manage a range of innovative research initiatives to help Urban Green tackle the most pressing climate change, energy efficiency and green building challenges in New York.

Learn more and apply:

We're always looking for passionate green building professionals to join our team.

11/20/2023
Celebrate the holiday season with us at our Holiday Member reception! Enjoy drinks and appetizers while making connectio...
11/17/2023

Celebrate the holiday season with us at our Holiday Member reception! Enjoy drinks and appetizers while making connections in NYC’s sustainability community.

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Celebrate the holiday season at our final member reception of 2023!

On December 6, join us for a new episode of Urban Green Live where John Mandyck will talk to Arup’s David Farnsworth and...
11/16/2023

On December 6, join us for a new episode of Urban Green Live where John Mandyck will talk to Arup’s David Farnsworth and Tess McNamara about their research about office to residential conversions.

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How much carbon could be saved by 2050 if NYC expanded the range of buildings eligible for office to residential conversions?

“The container shipping lines that carry the bulk of global trade are betting on greener technologies, but there are sti...
11/09/2023

“The container shipping lines that carry the bulk of global trade are betting on greener technologies, but there are still reasons those wagers could fail.” Read about how the shipping industry is addressing climate change.

Read in The New York Times:

The container shipping lines that carry the bulk of global trade are betting on greener technologies, but there are still reasons those wagers could fail.

Earlier this year, Part 1 of our LL97 in Focus analysis found that most multifamily buildings have a straightforward and...
11/08/2023

Earlier this year, Part 1 of our LL97 in Focus analysis found that most multifamily buildings have a straightforward and actionable path to complying with Local Law 97 in 2030. Now, Part 2 of our analysis with Cadence OneFive shows that LL97 is set to drive about 25,000 building retrofit projects in 5,500 prewar, low-rise steam buildings by 2030.

Read the full analysis:

Local Law 97 is set to drive 25,000 retrofit projects in 5,500 prewar low-rise buildings by 2030.

There's still time to register for Workforce Solutions for Decarbonizing Buildings on November 15! Come learn how buildi...
11/08/2023

There's still time to register for Workforce Solutions for Decarbonizing Buildings on November 15! Come learn how building operators will help NYC meet its decarbonization goals.

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Learn how building operators will help NYC meet its decarbonization goals.

ICYMI, in Episode 8 of Building Tomorrow, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander joined Urban Green Council CEO John Mand...
11/07/2023

ICYMI, in Episode 8 of Building Tomorrow, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander joined Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck for a conversation about his net zero plan and how finance can be a lever for decarbonization.

Listen here:

NYC Comptroller Brad Lander joins John Mandyck to discuss how finance can be used to advance decarbonization.

On November 15, join us at 32BJ for “Workforce Solutions for Decarbonizing Buildings.” Learn about the essential energy ...
10/27/2023

On November 15, join us at 32BJ for “Workforce Solutions for Decarbonizing Buildings.” Learn about the essential energy upgrades and the role building operators will play in helping New York’s buildings comply with Local Law 97.

Register today:

Learn how building operators will help NYC meet its decarbonization goals.

“In New York, childhood asthma rates linked to gas stoves are higher, accounting for nearly 1 in 5 cases”A new report de...
10/26/2023

“In New York, childhood asthma rates linked to gas stoves are higher, accounting for nearly 1 in 5 cases”

A new report details how gas stoves are responsible for many pollutants released inside homes.

Read more in Gothamist:

A 600-page report from the Concerned Health Professionals of NY and Physicians for Social Responsibility outlines the negative influence of gas-fired appliances on human health and the environment.

Join Urban Green’s Emerging Professionals for a Meet the Committee Happy Hour! You’ll also learn how you can join the co...
10/24/2023

Join Urban Green’s Emerging Professionals for a Meet the Committee Happy Hour! You’ll also learn how you can join the committee in 2024.

🗓️November 9
📍The Summit Bar
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Meet the Urban Green Emerging Professionals committee and find out how you can get involved!

On September 12, the NYC Department of Buildings issued a new set of proposed rules for Local Law 97. ICYMI, we have you...
10/23/2023

On September 12, the NYC Department of Buildings issued a new set of proposed rules for Local Law 97.

ICYMI, we have you covered on the key takeaways from the rules, including a definition of the "good faith" standard and a new beneficial electrification credit.

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The NYC Department of Buildings has released the new package of proposed rules for Local Law 97. Here's what you need to know.

On November 9, join Urban Green’s Emerging Professionals for a Meet the Committee Happy Hour! Meet young professionals i...
10/21/2023

On November 9, join Urban Green’s Emerging Professionals for a Meet the Committee Happy Hour! Meet young professionals in sustainability, architecture, design and green policy, and learn how you can join the EP Committee in 2024.

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Meet the Urban Green Emerging Professionals committee and find out how you can get involved!

Join us on November 15th to learn  about two new analyses that give context to what energy upgrades will mean for the wo...
10/20/2023

Join us on November 15th to learn about two new analyses that give context to what energy upgrades will mean for the workforce and what role building operators will play in helping NYC meet its decarbonization goals.

Register here:

Learn how building operators will help NYC meet its decarbonization goals.

Join Urban Green and USGBC on November 15th at 32BJ to learn how building operators will help NYC meet its decarbonizati...
10/18/2023

Join Urban Green and USGBC on November 15th at 32BJ to learn how building operators will help NYC meet its decarbonization goals.

Register today!

Learn how building operators will help NYC meet its decarbonization goals.

Breaking barriers to building energy upgrades will play a key role in meeting majordecarbonization goals! And we're doin...
10/18/2023

Breaking barriers to building energy upgrades will play a key role in meeting major
decarbonization goals! And we're doing our part by being named one of 45 Phase 1
winners in !

The prize, developed by U.S. Department of Energy, awards impactful, scalable, and equitable initiatives to support the transition to energy- and clean energy-ready buildings, and we look forward to putting our concept into action in the next phase of the competition.

Learn more about this prize and our winning concept:
https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/doe-awards-22-million-advance-equitableenergy-efficiency-and-electrification

Tomorrow, join NYSERDA's monthly New Construction Webinar and hear about Linden Grove, a Buildings of Excellence Round 1...
10/17/2023

Tomorrow, join NYSERDA's monthly New Construction Webinar and hear about Linden Grove, a Buildings of Excellence Round 1 award winner currently under construction in Brooklyn.

Register:
https://ow.ly/GlXM50PXQCV

In this episode of Building Tomorrow, Zakiyah Sayyed and Anushka Maqbool sit down with Sonal Jessel, Director of Policy ...
10/17/2023

In this episode of Building Tomorrow, Zakiyah Sayyed and Anushka Maqbool sit down with Sonal Jessel, Director of Policy at WE ACT for Environmental Justice to discuss the importance of centering environmental justice in the electrification conversation.

Listen now!
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Oi4hImtvVxD4mqwXfQl2x?si=cmhHtfOYTYWTHYLrUCrDlw

Apple:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-5-prioritizing-environmental-justice-as-we/id1659716993?i=1000612514818

Sonal Jessel, Director of Policy at WE ACT, joins Zakiyah Sayyed and Anushka Maqbool to discuss how electrification must benefit historically disadvantaged communities.

How can we equitably distribute the benefits of the green transition? Dr. Melissa Checker, author of The Sustainability ...
10/14/2023

How can we equitably distribute the benefits of the green transition? Dr. Melissa Checker, author of The Sustainability Myth, joined Urban Green’s Ellen Honigstock and SBM Management Services’ Amy Marpman on Building Tomorrow to discuss this and how the dynamics of environmental gentrification have changed.

Listen now!
Spotify: https://ow.ly/U1A950PVeoP

Apple: https://ow.ly/11NA50PVeoO

‎Show Building Tomorrow: Conversations with Climate Solvers, Ep Episode 7: The Sustainability Myth - Oct 4, 2023

Thank you again to everyone who attended last week's Urban Green Gala! We loved seeing so many friends, both old and new...
10/12/2023

Thank you again to everyone who attended last week's Urban Green Gala! We loved seeing so many friends, both old and new.

Thank you for your continued support—it's what makes all of our work possible.

Photos 📸

Explore this photo album by Urban Green Council on Flickr!

There's still time to register for GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials! Learn how to reduce energy use while improv...
10/11/2023

There's still time to register for GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials! Learn how to reduce energy use while improving tenant comfort. This training is split into 3-hour sessions across 4 weeknights and is worth 12 CEUs!

Register with the code UGC25 for 25% off!

Learn more about reducing energy while improving tenant comfort and health as a building professional in this four-day online training.

On Oct 18, join Urban Green in GPRO Construction Management, providing participants with actionable strategies for every...
10/11/2023

On Oct 18, join Urban Green in GPRO Construction Management, providing participants with actionable strategies for every phase of construction and how to avoid common mistakes.

Register today!

Learn sustainability best practices and actionable strategies for every phase of construction in this full-day training.

GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials helps building professionals learn how to reduce energy use while improving ten...
10/09/2023

GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials helps building professionals learn how to reduce energy use while improving tenant comfort. This training is split into 3-hour sessions across 4 weeknights and is worth 12 CEUs!

Register today:

Learn more about reducing energy while improving tenant comfort and health as a building professional in this four-day online training.

10/06/2023

A big thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the Urban Green Gala! It was wonderful to see so many friends both old and new. Thank you especially to all the sponsors who helped make this year’s event possible. We appreciate your continued support—it’s what makes our work possible.

Watch NYC Comptroller Brad Lander and Urban Green CEO John Mandyck discuss the Comptroller’s net zero plan and how finan...
10/04/2023

Watch NYC Comptroller Brad Lander and Urban Green CEO John Mandyck discuss the Comptroller’s net zero plan and how finance can be used as a lever for decarbonization.

Afterwards a panel joined us to discuss how banks and lenders can help NYC reach its decarbonization goals.
Watch here:

NYC Comptroller Brad Lander joined John Mandyck for a conversation about his net zero plan and how finance can be a lever for decarbonization.

On 9/21, we hosted an exclusive webinar with the NYC Buildings  unpacking the details of the newly released package of p...
10/03/2023

On 9/21, we hosted an exclusive webinar with the NYC Buildings unpacking the details of the newly released package of proposed rules for Local Law 97.

Watch the recording on YouTube!

On September 12, 2023, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) released a new package of proposed rules to guide the implementation of Local Law 97. These rule...

We’d like to give a big thank you to the sponsors of this year’s Urban Green Council Gala! We appreciate your commitment...
10/02/2023

We’d like to give a big thank you to the sponsors of this year’s Urban Green Council Gala! We appreciate your commitment to sustainable building and are excited to host you this Thursday!

This October, get your green building certificate and earn up to 12 CEUs at an Urban Green GPRO training! Find a trainin...
09/26/2023

This October, get your green building certificate and earn up to 12 CEUs at an Urban Green GPRO training!

Find a training:

Browse our industry-leading lineup of upcoming programs and trainings.

ICYMI: Last week's webinar on the LL97 proposed rules with NYC Buildings is now on YouTube!Watch 📺
09/25/2023

ICYMI: Last week's webinar on the LL97 proposed rules with NYC Buildings is now on YouTube!

Watch 📺

On September 12, 2023, the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) released a new package of proposed rules to guide the implementation of Local Law 97. These rule...

"We have two options: We fine all those buildings and forfeit the carbon savings, or we find a pathway for compliance."M...
09/20/2023

"We have two options: We fine all those buildings and forfeit the carbon savings, or we find a pathway for compliance."

More about the LL97 proposed rules from Canary Media 🗞️

Landlords and climate activists are sparring over the future of Local Law 97 — the country’s most ambitious citywide mandate to clean up building emissions.

Join us on Thursday! Don't miss our exclusive webinar with NYC Buildings breaking down the proposed rules for Local Law ...
09/19/2023

Join us on Thursday! Don't miss our exclusive webinar with NYC Buildings breaking down the proposed rules for Local Law 97.

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Join us on September 21 for a special webinar with the NYC DOB on the new proposed rules for Local Law 97.

On 9/21, join us and NYC Buildings to unpack the new proposed rules for Local Law 97:
09/15/2023

On 9/21, join us and NYC Buildings to unpack the new proposed rules for Local Law 97:

Join us on September 21 for a special webinar with the NYC DOB on the new proposed rules for Local Law 97.

Thank you to Comptroller Brad Lander and all our panelists for joining us at New York University yesterday!  It was an i...
09/14/2023

Thank you to Comptroller Brad Lander and all our panelists for joining us at New York University yesterday! It was an insightful discussion highlighting how finance can be an effective tool to decarbonize New York's buildings.

https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/events/

Earlier today, NYC Buildings released a new set of proposed rules for Local Law 97. The comprehensive package clarifies ...
09/12/2023

Earlier today, NYC Buildings released a new set of proposed rules for Local Law 97. The comprehensive package clarifies key remaining details on compliance for covered buildings and is a major step toward full implementation of the law.

On Sept. 21, join us for an exclusive webinar with DOB to unpack the new rules and what they mean for the future of the law.

Webinar: https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/event/ll97-unpacking-the-proposed-rules-2023/

What's in the rules: https://www.urbangreencouncil.org/whats-in-the-2023-proposed-rules-for-ll97/

Join us on September 21 for a special webinar with the NYC DOB on the new proposed rules for Local Law 97.

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The mission of Urban Green Council is to transform buildings for a sustainable future in New York City and around the world. We believe the critical issue facing the world today is climate change. Our focus on climate change requires us to focus on energy and other resource management. As we improve energy and other resource management, we can deliver a more resilient, efficient, healthy and affordable city.


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