Global Exchanges

Greening the Grid: Bringing Canadian Renewables to NYC

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Leadership Level Members
Free Admission
Sponsor Members
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Registration for this event is now closed. Unfortunately, walk-ins will not be accepted. 

New York City needs a greener grid to reduce building emissions and help drive compliance with its ambitious new building emissions law. And with Indian Point nuclear power plant scheduled to close in 2021, the challenge of transitioning NYC’s energy mix to low-carbon sources will only get harder.

Canada’s hydropower may play a critical role. The supply is massive, enough to dramatically increase clean energy imports into New York. The sector is mature, with an earlier potential timeline than emerging renewable sectors such as offshore wind. And hydropower is controllable, storable and flexible. The proposed new transmission project, the Champlain Hudson Power Express, could help the city meet its clean energy needs by supplying Canadian hydropower directly to the city.

Join Urban Green and the Consulate General of Canada for a Global Exchanges Event featuring expert panelists from New York and Hydro-Quebec to discuss this project and its potential to help NYC buildings comply with LL97.

                    THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR

John Mandyck
CEO, Urban Green Council

Joseph O'Brien-Applegate
Energy Policy Analyst, Pace Energy and Climate Center

Doug McMahon
Vice President of Strategy, New York Power Authority

Gary Sutherland
Team Leader, External Relations-Exports and Acquisitions, Hydro-Quebec

Cecil Scheib
Chief Sustainability Officer, NYU

Peter S. Ross
Senior Associate, Hodgson Russ LLP

New York-Berlin Urban Energy Forum

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Member and Non-member
Free Admission

Join Urban Green, the Berlin Chamber of Commerce and NYU Tandon for a Global Exchange forum about energy and sustainability opportunities in large cities. 

Presenters at the forum include Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Ramona Pop, Deputy Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. German companies focused on urban development, energy, mobility and health will also be represented. For the full program, visit the registration page.

The forum includes a networking session and light lunch. 


Activating Local Solutions to Global Climate Targets

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Canadian Consulate Event

Registration for this event is now closed. Please contact Kaitlin Logsdon at with any questions.

Join the World Green Building Council and Urban Green Council at an exclusive Climate Week event exploring the opportunities for businesses and governments in the zero carbon emissions economy of the future.

Buildings represent 70 percent of carbon emissions in big cities and are a critical solution to the climate emergency facing us. New construction, existing building stock and embodied emissions from materials and construction must all be addressed in order to achieve a fully decarbonized built environment.

Achieving global climate targets requires local solutions. Hear from leading experts about the opportunities this challenge presents, including incorporating innovative approaches, adapting business models and developing new policy mechanisms.

Breakfast: 9:00-10:00am
Program: 10:00-11:30am

Cristina Gamboa

Lisa Bate
Chair of the Board, WorldGBC

John Mandyck
CEO, Urban Green Council

Laura Popa
Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislation and Policy, New York City Council

Julie Hirigoyen

Ofer Ben-Dov
Global Sustainability Leader, Armstrong Fluid Technology

Steven Smith
Executive Director, Multiplex

Scot Horst
Founder, Arc Skoru

From Blueprint to Bill: NYC’s Building Emissions Law

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Join Urban Green Council and World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) for a Global Exchanges Webinar about the process behind NYC's groundbreaking building emissions law.

Urban Green policy experts will discuss what lessons and solutions could be used by Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) cities and states working in the Americas towards the same goal: energy efficiency in buildings.

For more information, read the blog.



Russell Unger
Chief Strategy Officer, Urban Green Council

Russell helps ensure that Urban Green Council is positioned for maximum impact by leading the organization’s strategic planning efforts and advising on policy initiatives, including the Blueprint for Efficiency. As Urban Green’s founding Executive Director (2007-2017), he built and guided the organization’s innovative programs, cementing its place as a leader in advocacy, education and research. He was twice tapped by the City of New York to lead blue ribbon commissions – the Building Resiliency Task Force (2013) and the Green Codes Task Force (2008-2010). A lawyer by training, Russell previously worked at the New York City Council and Mayor’s Office, drafting and implementing many environmental laws.

Christopher Halfnight
Associate Director, Policy, Urban Green Council

Chris works to advance Urban Green’s policy priorities with government and professional associations. He has experience in energy and water policy with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, and Conservation Law Foundation. Chris is a licensed lawyer in NY and Ontario, Canada, holding a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University, as well as a Master's in Environmental Management with a specialization in energy from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Retrofit Requirements: Incentives that Unlock Action

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Governments around the world are taking action to accelerate building retrofits. In the near future, New York City will likely require that large buildings reduce their energy consumption. The United Kingdom has policies that prevent buildings from being sold or leased until they meet energy requirements. How are these approaches different, and how can we avoid repeating mistakes?

Join Urban Green and UKGBC for a Global Exchanges webinar on retrofit mandates. Experts will explore the details of existing policies and share important lessons.  

Be sure to register for the Energy Codes webinar on May 23.


Jenny Holland | Public Affairs & Policy Specialist, UKGBC
Jessica Smith | Policy and Public Affairs Advisor, Rockwool
Russell Unger | Chief Strategy Officer, Urban Green Council


Future Path of US and UK Energy Codes and Regulations

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Building design and performance is greatly influenced by energy codes. The structure, enforcement and jurisdiction surrounding these codes can have a huge impact on their effectiveness and on the greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

Join Urban Green and UKGBC for our first Global Exchanges webinar on energy codes and regulations.

The UK and New York City have different approaches to regulating energy use in new buildings. Experts will discuss how cities can transition to a net zero energy code and share different approaches to enforcement.

Be sure to register for the Retrofit Requirements webinar on May 30th.


Jo Wheeler | Sustainability Consultant, UKGBC
Miles Lewis | Head of Environmental and Social Sustainability, Lendlease UK
Michael Tillou | Associate Director, Atelier Ten USA
Charles Eley | Consultant, Architecture 2030 Zero Code


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