Laurie Kerr leads Urban Green’s Policy team, which is advising New York City on how to achieve 80% carbon reductions and helping research and craft the specific strategies to achieve its sustainability goals. She also advises on Urban Green’s research, strategy, and public programs. A licensed architect with over 15 years experience, Laurie is a national leader in the development of green building and urban sustainability policy. As Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, she was responsible for developing the city’s signature green building policies, including the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the NYC Green Codes Task Force, the Mayoral Challenges to Universities and Hospitals, and the Energy-Aligned Lease. Subsequently she was the Founding Director of the City Energy Project at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which is helping 10 major American cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, adopt policies similar to New York’s. Kerr was awarded the AIANY’s Public Architect Award in 2012 and was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2015. She serves on the board of the Global Cool Cities Alliance, the Cornell Alumni Advisory Board for Sustainability, and the Building Energy Exchange, and is the inaugural Director for Sustainability at AIANY. She holds a BA in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale, an MS in Applied Physics from Cornell, and an MArch. from Harvard.