About Us

OUR MISSION

The mission of Urban Green Council is to transform buildings for a sustainable future in New York City and around the world.

WHAT WE DO

To advance our mission, we convene, research, advocate and educate.

HOW WE WORK

  • We seek broad stakeholder consensus.
  • We drive decisions with data and expertise.
  • We create ambitious and actionable solutions.
  • We educate for results.
  • We make the technical relatable.

WHY?

We believe the critical issue facing the world today is climate change. We focus efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, which in New York City consume 95 percent of electricity, emit 70 percent of carbon and use 80 percent of water. As we improve building sustainability in New York City and around the world, we can deliver a more resilient, efficient, healthy and affordable future.

OUR BACKGROUND

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 worldwide.

Read our Annual Reports to find out more.

ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES

Excellence
We strive for innovative high-quality programs and ideas.

Inclusion
The diverse voices and backgrounds of our employees, board of directors, members and partners make us stronger.

Collaboration
We believe consensus delivers better solutions and teamwork is essential to our success.

Engagement
We promote a culture of performance, participation and curiosity. 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Urban Green is dedicated to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for our staff and community. To meet that commitment, we’ve spent the last year discussing ways we can create positive change and work to dismantle systemic racism. One of our first steps is the creation of a comprehensive plan with 69 action items that focus on:

  • HR and Internal Policy
  • Organizational Culture and Employee Education
  • Program Development and Community Building
  • Member Engagement

Our goal is to ensure we educate our team, create inclusive programs, and support communities that have been historically marginalized. Our plan will shift as we learn more and engage with external Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experts and you can check back here for updates on our progress. If you have any questions, comments or resources to share please reach out to contact@urbangreencouncil.org.