2022 marks Urban Green’s 20th anniversary. We’re relatively young for an organization, but we’ve come a long way since our inception in 2002. While doing our part to help advance the climate movement, we’ve evolved from an entirely volunteer-run organization to become stalwarts in New York City’s sustainability community. We’re incredibly proud of the impact and progress we’ve made in realizing cleaner, healthier, low-carbon buildings for all New Yorkers.
Our first 20 years have been filled with challenges and triumphs, and 2021 was no exception. Last year, we continued to shape the implementation of Local Law 97, held briefings with 24 mayoral and City Council candidates and, in our newest report, Grid Ready, answered the question: Is New York’s grid prepared for all-electric buildings?
We continue to offer a robust lineup of industry-leading public programs and are constantly working to refine and implement our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives to make our organization and our work more inclusive and accessible to all. And in the final days of 2021, NYC became the largest city in the world to adopt a fossil fuel phaseout in new construction based on Urban Green’s recommendations. This groundbreaking legislation sets NYC on a path to net zero and avoids investments in new gas assets.
We’ve accomplished so much in our first 20 years, and we owe our success in no small part to your tremendous support and guidance. As you look through this report, take a moment to think back 20 years and appreciate how far we’ve come — and where we’ll need to be 20 years from now.
Chief Executive Officer
Read: 2021 ANNUAL REPORT