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Episode 10: What's Next for Sustainable Buildings in NYC?

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Ben Furnas

Join us for the next episode of Urban Green Live. Hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck, this live interview series features global and local experts to answer your questions about our low carbon future.  

On July 14, we are excited to welcome Ben Furnas, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability. During this episode, Ben and John will discuss New York City’s policy direction for carbon reduction in buildings. Learn the very latest about NYC's plans to lower emissions on this episode!

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Ben Furnas
Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Climate and Sustainability

During his time in city government, Furnas has been pivotal in bringing major climate and transportation initiatives to life. He played instrumental roles in Vision Zero, OneNYC, the 80x50 Action Plan, the city’s sweeping measures to improve building energy efficiency culminating with the Climate Mobilization Act, the electrification of the city fleet and the expansion of the city’s bus lanes and bike network. Furnas began his tenure in the Mayor’s Office in 2014, working for First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris as a Special Advisor for Sustainability and Infrastructure, and then serving as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Planning. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Furnas served as a senior policy associate for then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, focusing on budget, land use, street safety, transportation, health care, immigration and labor issues. He began his career in Washington, D.C. at the Center for American Progress.

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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.

Episode 9: Embracing Net Zero

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Join us for the next episode of Urban Green Live! Hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck, this live interview series features international industry experts to answer your questions about a low carbon future.  

On May 6, we are excited to welcome Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of UKGBC. During this episode, Julie and John will discuss the concept of net zero, common strategies and how net zero relates to social value.


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Julie Hirigoyen
CEO, UKGBC

As Chief Executive of UKGBC, Julie is focused on delivering lasting change within the industry by engaging with UKGBC members, regulators and wider stakeholders in an effective and collaborative way. Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL, having come into JLL as a result of an acquisition. JLL acquired Upstream, a leading sustainability consultancy which Julie was co-founder and Joint MD of, in 2007. Having led the Upstream team through the integration into JLL, Julie oversaw further development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA Julie sits on the Green Construction Board, the Igloo Footprint Advisory Board, Grimshaw’s Stewardship Group and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel. Julie is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, and previously chaired the British Property Federation’s Sustainability Committee for two years.

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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.

Episode 8: Rebooting Federal Energy Efficiency Policy

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Steve Nadel

Join us for the next episode of Urban Green Live! Hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck, this live interview series features international industry experts to answer your questions about a low carbon future.  

On March 23, we are excited to welcome Steve Nadel, Executive Director of ACEEE. In this episode, Steve and John will discuss the future of federal policy for building retrofits and energy efficiency, and how these items will be affected by political shifts in Washington, D.C.

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Steve Nadel
Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Steven Nadel joined ACEEE in 1989 and has served as Executive Director since 2001. Before his promotion, he served as Deputy Director and Director of ACEEE’s Utilities and Buildings programs. Before ACEEE, Steve worked for Massachusetts’ largest electric utility, largest environmental group and with an inner-city housing organization in Connecticut. He has worked in the energy efficiency field for more than 40 years and has been published over 200 times. His current research interests include energy and climate change policy; strategies to decarbonize the buildings, transportation and industrial sectors; utility-sector energy efficiency programs and policies; and appliance and equipment efficiency standards. Steve earned an MS in energy management from the New York Institute of Technology and an MA in environmental studies and a BA in government from Wesleyan University.

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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.

Episode 7: What's Next for Efficiency and Renewables

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Join us for the next episode of Urban Green Live. Hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck, this live interview series features international industry experts to answer your questions about a low carbon future.  

On February 2, Acting President and CEO of NYSERDA Doreen Harris will join John to discuss the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the future of energy efficiency and their latest view on the pipeline of renewables for NYC. Learn how these issues factor into Local Law 97 and ask your questions to get ahead of the curve!

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Doreen Harris
Acting President and CEO, NYSERDA

Doreen M. Harris was appointed acting president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on June 23, 2020. Harris has held public and private sector leadership roles advancing clean energy projects and engineering companies for more than 20 years. During her 10 years of public service, she has held executive, technical, and policy positions at NYSERDA, most recently as the Vice President of Large-Scale Renewables. While at NYSERDA, she has overseen the State’s nation-leading advancement of renewable resources under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act and Clean Energy Standard. Harris also spearheaded the strategic development of New York’s offshore wind resource, including the execution of the State’s offshore wind master plan. She was also instrumental in advancing and implementing the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act, which will modernize the siting of large-scale renewable energy projects across New York. Before embarking on a career in public service, Harris spent more than a decade in the energy sector, serving in management and engineering roles.

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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.

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