Advance Sustainable Building Policy

Our policy work drives green building progress in New York City and around the world. By improving codes, we can make every current and future building more sustainable. By engaging key stakeholders, we fashion energy and climate solutions that work for the environment and the bottom line. Our efforts have helped transform New York City’s green building landscape and shaped the building code to be among the most efficient and resilient in the nation.

In addition, Urban Green led two blue ribbon commissions, The Green Codes Task Force and The Building Resiliency Task Force, on behalf of the City of New York. We co-chaired the Mayor’s One City: Built to Last Technical Working Group with the Real Estate Board of New York. And we continue to convene NYC's leading building and energy stakeholders through the 80x50 Buildings Partnership.

In August 2018, the Buildings Partnership delivered the Blueprint for Efficiency to New York City Council, with consensus recommendations on building emissions policy. Many elements of the Blueprint made it into Local Law 97 of 2019, the groundbreaking building emissions law enacted in May 2019, a landmark piece of legislation that sets tough requirements for carbon reductions on large NYC buildings. To inform the city’s carbon trading study and implementation plan required by this law, Urban Green launched the Global Climate Efficiency Trading Initiative. This first-ever collaboration between New York City’s leading building and energy stakeholders, the trading community, and global peer cities will develop a trading policy menu.

We’re also expanding our thought leadership and advocacy at the state level. As we have in NYC, we connect the real estate industry with program planning and design, creating policies that are high-impact and cost-effective for the state.

Finally, we’re working to develop next-generation policies to meet the city’s energy and climate goals—with smart, innovative policy solutions, New York City and State will remain at the forefront of green building.


  • Creating a building climate efficiency trading policy menu for cities across the world
  • Developing a roadmap to advance electrification in multifamily buildings
  • Advancing other 80x50 efficiency policies for new and existing buildings
  • Unlocking efficiency in the city’s landmarked buildings
  • Improving efficiency in the city’s steam-powered buildings