LL87: Energy Audits & Retro-Commissioning

Continuing Education Credits

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Approved for 1.0 HSW/LU Hour
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New York City's Local Law 87 requires all buildings over 50,000 square feet to conduct an energy audit and retro-commissionning study every 10 years, and to submit an Energy Efficiency Report to the NYC Department of Buildings documenting the results.

Attend this free one-hour training presentation that explains the law and how to comply. We'll explain how conducting energy audits and retro-commissioning can help you identify large cost saving opportunities, as well as inform decisions on capital plans and equipment investments.

Can't make this date? Visit our Local Law 87 page for future trainings.

Want a private training for your organization? Contact us.

Lauren Brust, LEED AP O+M
Director, Commercial Building Energy Services, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

Gene Hennessy
VP of Commercial Operations, Rudin Management

Spring Trust Event

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Guest of Urban Green
Free Admission

This event has been canceled until further notice. We hope to reschedule to a date in the near future!

Join the Trust for Urban Green for an exclusive look at the New York studio of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill at 7 World Trade Center, a 52-story office tower the firm completed in 2006. 

SOM moved its New York studio to 7 WTC in the midst of the pandemic. As the first building to rise on the World Trade Center site, 7WTC set a new benchmark for environmental performance as the first commercial office building in the city to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

7 WTC has great infrastructure for leading-edge interior design and was an easy choice. Calling upon decades of experience, SOM designed cutting-edge workplaces with the conviction that architecture has the power to shape an organization’s culture. The 70,000-square-foot workplace fosters collaboration and community, with a focus on four main tenets: openness, mobility, sustainability, wellness and carbon reduction. 

Employing a design philosophy of ‘radical reduction,’ the firm has integrated the distinct programmatic requirements and architectural features into a refined and tranquil interior. Each tenet is closely related, and the result is a piece of industrial design unto itself: an expansive, flexible space characterized by healthy materials, a responsible approach to the use of resources, and a focus on sustainable design and wellbeing. During the event, the design team will lead tours of the office and make a presentation of two current provocative proposals: Urban Sequoia and The Carbon Loop.


We hope to see you on May 12!

*This event is exclusive to Members of the Trust for Urban Green*



Attending guests must be fully vaccinated and present a negative antigen (at home) test the morning of the event. All attendees must submit this digital form the morning of their visit.

Please contact Theresa Wetzler with any questions at tw@urbangreencouncil.org

Anniversary Roundtable: 20 Years of Building Green

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20th Anniversary Member Roundtable

Join Urban Green staff and fellow members for a special roundtable that looks back at the past 20 years of the green building movement. What were the major inflection points? How can we apply what we’ve learned to the future? Guest speakers will include current and former Urban Green Board Members and staff.

This online event will consist of a 20-minute panel presentation followed by 40 minutes of open discussion.

This roundtable will be hosted on Zoom and is free and exclusive to Organizational, Sponsor and Trust members.

Fiona Cousins
Chair, Americas Region, Arup

Russell Unger
Principal, RMI

Scott Frank
Managing Partner, Jaros, Baum & Bolles

John Mandyck
CEO, Urban Green Council

Local Law 97: All the Basics

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LL97: All the Basics

New to Local Law 97? Join us on April 21, and learn all the basics of NYC’s groundbreaking buildings emissions law! This presentation will feature Urban Green CEO John Mandyck, Associate Director of Policy Chris Halfnight, and Associate Manager of Policy Danielle Manley. We’ll cover the fundamentals of the law and what it means for the retrofit market, followed by a 30-minute audience Q&A. 

This webinar is complimentary to Sponsor Members, Organizational Members, Leadership Level Members, and Members of the Trust for Urban Green. Learn more about membership

Core-level members and non-members can sign up by making a $250 contribution to Urban Green Council.

* Government and nonprofit professionals can request free admission by emailing Theresa Wetzler at tw@urbangreencouncil.org

Thank you to our sponsor

John Mandyck
CEO, Urban Green Council

John Mandyck joined Urban Green Council in 2018 as its first-ever CEO. He capped a 25-year career as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation, a Fortune 45 global leader in the building, aerospace and food refrigeration industries. He also serves as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business. John is the founding chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, a former board chair of Urban Green, and co-author of the book Food Foolish.

Chris Halfnight
Associate Director, Policy, Urban Green Council

Chris Halfnight leads Urban Green’s policy initiatives, working with stakeholders and policymakers to advance energy efficiency and green building in New York City and State. He was Vice Chair of and managed the 80x50 Buildings Partnership, a collaboration of more than 40 leading stakeholders to shape an energy performance policy for NYC’s large buildings. Prior to Urban Green, Chris was an attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP and worked on energy policy at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He holds 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.

Danielle Manley
Associate Manager, Policy, Urban Green Council

Danielle is responsible for working on Urban Green’s policy initiatives in New York City and New York State. She previously worked at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University’s Earth Institute researching and communicating local climate risk information for stakeholders in global cities and ecosystems, and served as project manager for the Third New York City Panel on Climate Change Report. Danielle also worked for non-profits in Buffalo on environmental education and advocacy. She holds a Masters Degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University at Buffalo.

Urban Green Gala 2022

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Urban Green Gala 2022

20 Years of Green: Urban Green’s 2022 Gala 

Honoring Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York

Gary LaBarbera has served since 2009 as president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, an organization comprising local affiliates of 15 national and international unions representing 100,000 working men and women in New York City. Since assuming his position as President of the New York City Building Trades, Mr. LaBarbera has embarked on ambitious negotiations for project labor agreements (PLA) to provide labor cost savings to advance major public and private projects at risk of stalling due to the economic recession. These efforts have resulted in excess of $100 billion in public sector project labor agreements with the City of New York and the New York City School Construction Authority, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. 


Héctor Figueroa Leadership Award

Urban Green Council is proud to present this year's ctor Figueroa Leadership Award to Seanelle LeeSang. As a middle school science teacher at I.S. 68 in Canarsie for 21 years, Seanelle has long understood the grave threat of climate change and the impact it will have on future generations. With that in mind, Seanelle joined the I.S. 68 Eco Team to infuse environmental education into the curriculum. The team, which Seanelle leads, is comprised of as many as 100 students, and by engaging them in real-world sustainability projects like onsite gardening, plastic, glass and textile recycling, and community hydroponics programs, she has helped educate them about environmental issues.

We look forward to honoring Héctor’s legacy with this award presentation on September 29.

September 29, 2022 | 6 - 10 p.m. 

The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers | Pier 61, New York, NY

Cocktails | Gourmet Food Stations | Seated Dessert and Program

Dress code is festive business attire. You can look at photos from our past Galas for outfit inspiration!

Tickets and Sponsorship

Anniversary Champion - $35,000
2 Dessert Tables, most prominent placement in all Gala promotional materials, and full-page ad in Gala Journal.
(Tax-deductible amt: $33,250)

Chairman - $25,000
Premier Dessert Table for 10, prominent placement in all Gala promotional materials, and full-page ad in Gala Journal.
(Tax-deductible amt: $23,250)

Benefactor - $15,000
Preferred Dessert Table for 10, prominent placement in all Gala promotional materials, and half-page ad in Gala Journal.
(Tax-deductible amt: $13,350)

Host - $10,000
Select Dessert Table for 10, prominent placement in all Gala promotional materials, and half-page ad in Gala Journal.
(Tax-deductible amt: $8,350)

Patron - $7,500
Four tickets with preferred seating, and prominent placement in all Gala promotional materials.
(Tax-deductible amt: $6,840)

Supporter - $2,500
Two tickets with reserved seating, and listing in all Gala promotional materials.
(Tax-deductible amt: $2,170)

Friend - $875
Single Ticket
(Tax-deductible amt: $710)

Journal Advertisements

Please note that journal advertisements have now closed, and any sponsors committed between now and the Gala will not be listed in the journal.

Questions? Please contact Aliza Rosenfeld at gala@urbangreencouncil.org or 212.514.9385.

Thank you to our Gala Sponsors


Brookfield Properties


Clean Path NY    New York Power Authority   Eric Rudin


Champlain Hudson Power Express     Silda Wall Spitzer    USGBC


BCTCGNY     Con Edison     Jaros, Baum & Bolles        Skidmore, Owings & Merrill      SL Green    Trane Technologies     Turner Construction


32BJ SEIU   AKF    Atelier Ten   Beyer Blinder Belle   Kohn Pedersen Fox    Greater New York Lecet Council    IUEC Local 1   Local 78


Adco Electrical
Carbon Quest
The Cement League
CM & Associates
Lou Coletti
Contractors Association of Greater New York
COOKFOX Architects
Ecosystem Energy
Egg Electric
EmPower Solar
E-J Electrical
FirstService Residential
Heat & Frost Insulators Local 12
INF Associates
International WELL Building Institute
Ironworkers Local 40
Ironworkers Local 361
Kohler Ronan
Legacy Engineers
Ornamental Ironworkers Local 580
Pelli Clarke & Partners
John Rhodes
Roofers Local 8
Susan Hayes Enterprises
Teamsters Local 814
Teamsters Local 282
Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Local 7


Navigating Energy Incentives

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This event has ended. Watch the event recording above, and click here for a list of resources.

Join us for this livestreamed event to learn about New York’s most extensive electric-efficiency retrofit: One Court Square. This energy upgrade made the skyscraper more efficient, resilient and sustainable and qualified for additional energy-efficiency incentives from Con Edison. Schedule of sessions is as follows:

10 a.m. - Navigating Energy Incentives

Speakers will address financial incentives and resources available for energy upgrades and answer questions to help designers, developers, building operators and managers understand how best to take advantage of new technologies and incentives.

11 a.m. - Energy Upgrades at One Court Square

Continue the conversation with a deep dive into New York’s most extensive electric-efficiency retrofit. This upgrade reduced the building's electric consumption by 20 percent and allowed the building owner to come out ahead financially in less than a year.

Thank you to Con Edison for sponsoring this event

Con Edison


Robert Peras
Trade Ally Manager, Commercial & Industrial Program, Con Edison

Travis Smith
Principal, Smith Engineering

Brian Cabezas
Senior Project Manager, Multifamily, NYSERDA

Andrew Kringas
Service Provider Manager, NYC Accelerator

Peter Rosenthal
Director of Development, Savanna

Delivering Asset Value through Sustainability and Health

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Free Admission

Sustainability has reemerged as a primary consideration in real estate development and operations. New York City leads the way with innovative policies, such as local law 97, to incentivize more sustainable building practices, and now policy action is occurring at the federal level. At the same time, buildings are preparing for returns to full occupancy with tenants asking new questions about building performance and how the building can promote health following the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will focus on how to capitalize on these two trends to drive financial performance.

The event will consist of a panel with Prof. Christoph Reinhart and Dr. Andrea Chegut, followed by a cocktail hour. Prof. Reinhart and Dr. Chegut are researchers out of MIT with extensive knowledge of the real estate, design and construction industries. Prof. Reinhart’s team has built the software tools used across the globe to model building performance, and recently developed city-scale energy models to help policymakers and CRE leaders adapt to a changing climate. Dr. Chegut focuses on innovation with the CRE sector with a specific concentration on the financial indicators that can lead to market adoption and transformation. Her recent work explores the rental contracts at 1000 Manhattan properties to determine what building factors drive asset value. The event is hosted by Urban Green Council and View Inc., a smart building technology company transforming buildings for sustainability and health.

Please note, in accordance with New York City laws, all attendees at this in-person event will be asked to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Networking

4:30 pm - 4:35 pm: Welcome Address

4:35 pm - 5:15 pm: Panel - Delivering Asset Value through Sustainability and Health

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm: Cocktail Hour

Thank you to View, Inc. for sponsoring this event

John Mandyck
CEO, Urban Green Council

Prof. Christoph Reinhart
Director, MIT Sustainable Design Lab

Dr. Andrea Chegut
Director, MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab

Dr. Piers MacNaughton
Vice President of Health Strategy, View, Inc.

Designing for Climate Resilience

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Designing for Climate Resilience

After being hit hard by storms such as Hurricanes Sandy and Ida, New York City is already feeling the extreme weather effects of climate change. With such events projected to worsen in the coming years, it is critical that the city’s buildings and infrastructure should be able to withstand their effects.

On November 4, join us to learn the latest science on climate change in NYC and how it’s being used to inform resiliency planning. Speakers will highlight how the city is leading by example by enacting the New York City Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines for city-funded capital projects. They will also show how some private building designers are already putting them to use.

Joel Towers
Co-Chair, New York City Panel on Climate Change

Peter Adams
Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office of Climate Resiliency

Crystal Ng
Senior Associate, Director of Sustainability, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects

Louis Koehl
Associate, Handel Architects

Sabrina Barker
Director of Development, Jonathan Rose Companies

Danielle Manley
Policy Manager, Urban Green Council

New Green Power in NYC: A Conversation with Tier 4 Winners

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New York is jump-starting a new program to bring clean, renewable energy to New York City’s electrical grid. The program—called “Tier 4” under the state’s Clean Energy Standard—supports new transmission to deliver clean power directly to the five boroughs. Just-announced awards to Clean Path NY and Champlain Hudson Power Express will add 18 million MWh of much-needed renewable energy per year to NYC, eventually contributing to LL97 REC availability.

On October 27, developers of these winning proposals will present the details about their projects, including how electricity will be generated and transmitted to New York City, the construction timeline and the expected environmental, community and economic benefits.


Phil Toia
President, NYPA Development, New York Power Authority

Clean Path NY

Luke Falk
Vice President, EnergyRE

Clean Path NY

Shashank Sane
Executive Vice President of Transmission Development, Invenergy

Clean Path NY

Don Jessome
President and CEO, Transmission Developers

Champlain Hudson Power Express

Dave Rheaume
Senior Director, Development, Strategy and Commercial Relations Outside Québec, Hydro-Québec

Champlain Hudson Power Express

Chris Halfnight
Director of Policy, Urban Green Council

John Mandyck
CEO, Urban Green Council

Reducing Waste in the Workplace

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Free Admission

Effective waste management in commercial buildings reduces pollution and improves occupant health. It also contributes to a circular economy by reusing or recycling paper, cans, glass and organic waste.

Waste reduction and separation of recyclables requires buy-in at all levels of your organization. Our panel of experts will explain how facilities managers can drive interest and improve participation from tenants, administrators and decision-makers through clever change management techniques and other low-cost solutions while improving your company’s ESG scores.

This event is in partnership with International Facility Management Association


Amy Marpman
Director, Sustainability, SBM Management Services

Cristina Herrera
Organizational Change Management and Workplace Strategy Consultant

Emily Gove
Corporate Director, Sustainability and Training, Building Maintenance Service


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