Strategies

The realities of climate change require dramatic and immediate shifts in how we design and use buildings throughout the city. Urban Green is laser-focused on helping New York City achieve an 80 percent carbon reduction by 2050. Our plan, which is guiding our activities over the next three years, prioritizes five key strategies:

> DRIVE DEMAND FOR SUPER EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

New York is home to some of the world’s most venerated high-performance buildings. The iconic Empire State Building gave us a model energy retrofit. On Roosevelt Island, Cornell Tech is building the world’s largest Passive House. But there is still work to be done. Urban Green Council’s programs, policies and data are bringing advanced building efficiency to the forefront... READ MORE.

> BRING THE RETROFIT MARKET TO SCALE

Nearly 85 percent of existing buildings are likely to be with us in 2050, so driving down energy use in existing buildings is essential to addressing climate change. Urban Green uses all its levers – education, policy and research – to help reach this formidable goal... READ MORE.

> ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BULDING POLICY 

Our policy work drives green building progress in New York City and beyond. By improving codes, we can make every current and future building more sustainable. By engaging key stakeholders, we fashion energy and climate solutions that work for the environment and the bottom line. Our efforts have helped transform New York City’s green building landscape and shaped the building code to be among the most efficient and resilient in the nation... READ MORE.

> EDUCATE BUILDING PROFESSIONALS

Sustainable buildings require educated professionals at every level—design, construction and operation. Since our inception, Urban Green has been a pioneer in sustainability training. We develop and present educational programs that teach practitioners the essential skills they need to work on high-performance buildings... READ MORE.

> ENGAGE AND MOBILIZE MARKET MAKERS

Urban Green Council collaborates with leading industry and environmental organizations to cut building energy use and meet 2050 climate change reduction targets... READ MORE.