About Us

Creating a sustainable city, from research to action

The mission of Urban Green Council is to transform NYC buildings for a sustainable future.

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Because buildings are the source of 70% of our carbon pollution, 95% of electricity use and 80% of water use in New York City.

We carefully study how to make the biggest impact on the health, cost and sustainability of our city’s buildings. We look at what’s measurable, and figure out what’s practical.

Then we collaborate with the professionals who design those buildings, with the policymakers who make the laws about their use and with the people who renovate and build them.

We influence the steps to take, the laws to make and the methods to put in place.

Because everyone has a role to play in shaping a sustainable future.

Our background

Urban Green Council is the New York affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Our mission is to transform NYC buildings for a sustainable future. We believe the critical issue facing the world today is climate change. Our focus on climate change requires us to target energy and other resource management. As we improve energy and other resource management, we can deliver a more resilient, efficient, healthy and affordable city.

A non-profit organization established in 2002, Urban Green is funded by contributions from foundations, its members and 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.