Urban Green Council is the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Our mission is to advance the sustainability of urban buildings through education, advocacy and research.
Recognizing that urban life leaves a smaller footprint than the suburban alternative, we envision cities that coexist in harmony with their natural environment and contribute to the health and well being of all.
A non-profit organization established in 2002, Urban Green is funded by contributions from foundations, its 900+ members, and over 40 corporate sponsors. Our in-house experts and a dedicated network of volunteers are helping to transform the built environment in New York City with models that can be replicated in urban centers nationwide.
Urban Green provides a wide range of educational and networking events for our members and the green building community at large; conducts research; and advocates for change that will make cities more sustainable. Our website and newsletter (circ. 7,500+) reach an audience comprised mostly of professionals working in architecture, engineering, design, construction, real estate development and management, product development and manufacturing, government, and other related fields.
Read about where we are and how we got here in our 2012 Annual Report (download).
Urban Green Council's Sustainability
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face today, and Urban Green Council is doing our part to balance the carbon impact of our operations. Working with renewable energy and carbon offset firm Renewable Choice, Urban Green offsets our carbon footprint with renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets from wind farms, small hydroplants and methane capture facilities. This has an environmental impact similar to keeping 122,105 pounds of CO2out of the atmosphere, which is equivalent to planting 502 trees.
Urban Green Council also follows environmentally preferable purchasing guidelines, and works with local vendors to source items like 100% post consumer waste paper, recycled glass containers and dishware, and green cleaning supplies. Employees of the chapter are encouraged to use public transportation for their commutes and for travel to and from events. Urban Green Council's office also follows the LEED guidelines, and features occupancy sensors, recycling stations, low VOC paints, sealants, and stains. We diverted almost all of our construction debris from the landfill.