What's New in the Code: Train-the-Trainer

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Thank you for applying to be a speaker for What's New in the Code

What’s New in the Code (90-minute sessions; to be offered by qualified speakers)
These short courses will explain the major updates in the new Stretch Code and how the energy code fits in the context of NYC’s Local Law 97. Speakers will present to groups ranging from 15-100 attendees. Presentations will take place in the New York City metro region. 

Instructor candidates are REQUIRED to attend this half-day training session to prepare to deliver the material. Refreshments will be provided. 

For questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Hom at ecode@urbangreencouncil.org

THIS INSTRUCTOR TRAINING IS BY INVITATION ONLY. If you are interested in applying for an instructor position, please visit our jobs page

Local Law 97: What You Need to Know

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Free Admission
Trust and Leadership Level Member
Free Admission

Based on significant market demand, Urban Green created an informative and engaging webinar about New York City’s Local Law 97, the new building emissions law and key component of the Climate Mobilization Act. The presentation will feature Urban Green CEO John Mandyck and Associate Director of Policy Chris Halfnight, and will cover the key points of the law as well as what it means for the retrofit market. It will be followed by 30 minutes of audience Q&A.

Sponsors and Organizational Members, nonprofit organizations and government entities can receive a discount code for complimentary admission by contacting tw@urbangreencouncil.org.


John Mandyck
Chief Executive Officer, 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 of 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.

Committee Meet & Greet

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Free Admission
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Interested in joining an Urban Green Committee in 2020? Applications for the Emerging Professionals and Monthly Programs Committees are open November 1st through November 29th.

Join us for a Meet & Greet to speak with current Committee members over drinks and hors d'oeuvres at Bonnie Vee. Learn about Committee activities, roles, and the application process as you mingle with fellow Urban Green members.

Fall Trust Event

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One Manhattan West

Manhattan West is Brookfield’s eight-acre, six-building, mixed-use development, stretching from Ninth Avenue to Tenth Avenue and 31st Street to 33rd Street on Manhattan’s Far West Side. This development features nearly six million square feet of state-of-the-art office space: 2.1 million SF at one Manhattan West, 2 million SF at 2 Manhattan West, 1.7 million SF at the repositioned 5 Manhattan West, and 175,000 SF at the renovated lofts. The location also hosts 844 luxury residences, a boutique hotel, dynamic urban retail amenities, and a vibrant landscape centered around a two-acre public plaza. Public art and events at the space are coordinated by Arts Brookfield, Brookfield’s award-winning arts and entertainment program.
Join the Trust for Urban Green at an exclusive tour of the soon-to-open One Manhattan West office tower led by Taek Park, Vice President of Design at Brookfield Properties.
Please meet in the lobby of One Manhattan West on 9th Avenue at 33rd Street.

Urban Green Gala 2019

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4 Premium Tickets
2 Premium Tickets
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2019 Gala

View photos from our 2019 Gala on Flickr.

Cocktails | Gourmet Food Stations | Seated Dessert and Program
Business Attire

You're invited to join us at the biggest green building networking event of the year, our 2019 Gala. We'll be co-honoring Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Trane for their commitment to urban sustainability, including their substantial support of Urban Green initiatives over the years. 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is an influential collective of architects, designers, engineers and planners responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced buildings. Resiliency is central to SOM’s work—environmental and social challenges underpin every decision the firm makes. SOM’s most sustainable projects include the Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability in Staten Island, the first net-zero energy school in New York City, and 7 World Trade Center, the first LEED Gold certified high-rise building in NYC. Accepting the award for SOM will be Ken Lewis, Managing Partner.

Trane® is a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services. With a strategy centered on sustainability, Trane develops products that reduce energy use in buildings worldwide. In May 2019, Trane joined its parent brand Ingersoll Rand in announcing its bold 2030 Sustainability Commitments which are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These commitments include the largest customer climate commitment of any business to business company to reduce carbon emissions by 1 gigaton. Accepting the award for Trane will be Donny Simmons, President of Commercial HVAC North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Contact us at gala@urbangreencouncil.org or 212.514.9385, ext. 138.


The Lighthouse
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011


Chairman - $25,000
Premier table for 10, and most prominent placement in all Gala promotional materials.
(Tax-deductible amt $23,250)

Benefactor - $15,000
Preferred table for 10, and prominent placement in all Gala promotional materials.
(Tax-deductible amt: $13,350)

Host - $10,000
Select table for 10, and prominent placement in all Gala promotional materials.
(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)

2016 Gala

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2 Premium Tickets
Single Ticket

View photos of our 2016 Gala on Flickr.


Héctor Figueroa
President, 32BJ Service Employees International Union

Hector FigueroaHéctor Figueroa is President of 32BJ SEIU, the largest property services union in the country, representing more than 155,000 workers in 11 states and Washington, DC. Héctor is a member of the Urban Green Council Board of Directors and has made sustainable building operations a cornerstone of worker training through the 32BJ Training Fund. Héctor is a leading voice for immigrant rights and social justice with a long history of advocacy locally and nationally. In addition to Urban Green, he serves as a Vice President on the Service Employees International Union Executive Board, as a board member for the National Institute for Latino Policy, Good Jobs First, and on the New Labor Forum’s editorial board.


6:00-8:00 pm   Gourmet food and drinks are served
8:00-9:00 pm   Seated dessert and program
9:00-9:30 pm   Food, drinks, and music continue
9:30-11:00 pm  After Party!
*Times are approximate


Rudin Management
United Technologies Corporation

Fisher Brothers
Silda Wall Spitzer


Please email Bea Mora, Development Coordinator, or call her at 212.514.9385, ext. 124.

Waste Design Advice from Building Operators

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We should be designing for zero waste, but that's not always the case. Often times, architects and developers are not building appropriate waste storage areas—or any at all! This panel will share their firsthand experiences navigating the challenges of collecting, transporting and storing waste streams in both commercial and residential buildings. We will hear from two building operators about the impacts of building design and storage limitations, access to certain space types, and creative solutions to overcome these hurdles. 

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Christina Grace
Foodprint Group

Christina Grace is a leader in sustainable food systems and zero waste in food and hospitality. She is CEO of Foodprint Group, a consultancy that helps companies design for zero waste through sustainable purchasing, optimal recycling infrastructure and integrated training. Grace has spent 15+ years managing projects that drive economic development, address public health and mitigate climate change through better business practices and policy. She has led waste reduction, recycling and food waste processing projects for companies such as Google, Related Companies and Eataly, and co-authored the New York City Zero Waste Design Guidelines. Christina is an advocate for healthy and sustainable food and waste policies and a trained cook based in Brooklyn.

Nick Rama
Vornado Realty Trust/BMS

Nick Rama currently works in Property Management at Vornado Realty Trust. Prior to his position at VNO, Rama worked at Building Maintenance Service, the wholly-owned janitorial subsidiary of VNO, for 10 years. As the Building Supervisor, hek oversaw nightly janitorial operations and waste management for multiple commercial properties. Rama and his team were responsible for the removal and storage of waste, providing tenant waste diversion reports and support for organics programs. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Management at Pennsylvania State University.

Martin Robertson
Strivers Gardens Condominium

Martin Robertson has over ten years of experience in facilities management. Robertson is President of HHM Consulting, and specializes in Superintendent training, Condominium Board advisement, and Project Management. He is also a member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) and is currently on their Residential Recycling Committee. Several of his methods for residential recycling have been highlighted in The New York Times and Habitat magazine, and he has appeared on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show.

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On May 18, New York City enacted Local Law 97 of 2019, the most ambitious climate legislation for buildings enacted by any city in the world. This historic law sets tough carbon emissions caps for energy use in NYC’s largest buildings starting in 2024. The new legislation impacts about 50,000 buildings and will lead to thousands of building retrofits each year.

To comply with these regulations, building retrofits will have to occur on a scale never before experienced in NYC—or anywhere else.  

Retrofitting to Scale will explore solutions for NYC and other metro areas. What are the barriers to upgrading buildings now? What must change to make scaling retrofits feasible? What business opportunities will emerge? We will explore these questions over three thought-provoking sessions.

The first session will identify building systems that have the most potential for efficiency and assess effective energy reduction strategies.

Nicole Ceci | Principal Mechanical Engineer, Steven Winter Associates
Chris Cayten | Principal, CodeGreen

New technologies, practices and business models are being piloted to reduce energy consumption on a large scale. In this session, industry experts will present how state-of-the-art innovations can help achieve scalability and reduce costs.

Moderator: Clay Nesler | Vice President of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Johnson Controls
Loic Chappoz | Multifamily Team Lead, NYSERDA
Anne Evens | CEO, Elevate Energy
Tom Feeney | Vice President of Operations and Engineering, Peter Cooper Village Stuyvesant Town

Are cost-effective, fast and high-quality retrofits possible? Leading building retrofit experts will discuss the challenges and potential solutions to scaling retrofits. 

Moderator: Robert Johnson | Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong
Richard Benkowski | Training Specialist, United Associated Department of Education 
Kelly Dougherty | Director of Energy Management, FirstService Residential New York 
Dan Friend | Sales Manager, NORESCO
Sabrina Kanner | Executive Vice President, Design & Construction, Brookfield Properties

Interested in sponsoring this event? Find out more here.


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Summer Trust Event: Behind the Scenes at Battery Park City Authority

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The planned community of Battery Park City has become a blueprint for successful, sustainable urban development through a partnership between the Battery Park City Authority and the private sector.

Like much of Lower Manhattan, the area suffered significant damage from Superstorm Sandy. Today BPCA is at work on four interrelated resiliency projects to protect Battery Park City from the threats of storm surge and sea level rise.

Join us for a special insider look at these resiliency efforts and great conversations with fellow Trust members.


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