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2020 Energy Code Instructors and Speakers

The 2020 Energy Code will go into effect on March 1, 2020. Urban Green is seeking passionate and qualified speakers and instructors who are interested in sharing their knowledge and advancing the industry towards a more sustainable future. 

Since 2010, Urban Green Council’s Energy Code courses have reached more than 6700 design professionals representing over 1700 organizations in a range of market sectors. Starting in 2020, we will launch three new courses to further increase awareness and improve code compliance. 

These courses will be marketed to architects, engineers, code enforcement officials, contractors, construction managers, and design students throughout New York State, and all offer CE credits. 

Our new courses are based on the 2020 New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (NYSECCC), the 2020 NYC Energy Code, and ASHRAE 90.1 (2016): 

Full-Day Courses (8 hours; to be offered by qualified instructors)
These full-day courses demystify the Energy Code. Our curriculum uses innovative approaches to engage students, including a mix of media and hands-on activities and demonstrations. The program is more dynamic than a typical PowerPoint lecture-style presentation and focuses on active ways that industry professionals can incorporate the energy code into their practice. 

  • Crushing the Code New York City: Commercial and residential versions will be offered in New York City and select downstate locations.
  • Crushing the Code New York State: Commercial and residential versions will be offered throughout New York State

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 2020 NYCECC 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. 

  • Technical version for architects and engineers
  • General version for industry stakeholders

All speakers and/or instructors must meet the following criteria:

  • Prior experience delivering presentations to high-level audiences
  • At least 7 years experience in architecture, engineering, contracting, code enforcement or sustainability consultancy, with experience with commercial and/or residential buildings that exceed energy code requirements
  • A passion for sustainability, knowledge of green building practices, and willingness to further your expertise in the field of sustainability
  • Familiarity with energy codes
  • A commitment to mastering the presentation, preparing for classes, and continually improving the training experience for Energy Code students
  • Proficiency with standard Microsoft Office and Google products (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, Google Slides)
  • A recommendation from an appropriate individual familiar with your presentation skills
  • Ability to travel within designated region
  • Note: speakers selected for the 90-minute sessions are allowed to mention their firm at the beginning of the presentation, and hand out their business cards at the end. They may also identify groups or firms that they think should receive the presentation. 

All speakers and/or instructors will be responsible for:

  • Creating an engaging and dynamic experience for participants 
  • Teaching approved curriculum materials, including course slides and customized classroom exercises as applicable
  • Delivering full training in line with established training standards
  • Motivating students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process and responding to questions throughout the duration of the course
  • Providing feedback to Urban Green about any classroom events that may require immediate action 
  • Check-in all students who attend and ensure they complete the course evaluation

Please note speakers serve on a provisional basis until speaking ability and familiarity with the presentation are confirmed by observation and feedback.

Speakers and instructors must attend an instructor training session and receive certification from Urban Green Council in order to qualify for these positions. Attendance at an instructor training session does not guarantee selection.

To apply, fill out the application form available at this link ( Candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis. You will need to provide a short cover letter, resume and a reference. 

Instructors will be compensated at a competitive hourly rate for the daylong code training. Speakers delivering the 90-minute sessions will receive a flat fee per session.


Are you an experienced building operations professional? Are you passionate about reducing energy use in buildings and addressing climate change head-on? Then becoming a GPRO Operations & Maintenance Instructor could be a great fit.

Using Urban Green’s proven curriculum and training materials, GPRO instructors help operations staff think differently about their day-to-day work, with the goal of making buildings healthier and more sustainable for tenants and building staff. These are part-time contractor positions paid on a per-class basis.

About the Course
GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials provides building operations professionals with strategies to reduce energy use while improving tenant comfort and health. Students leave with immediately actionable measures and the next steps needed to implement them. Participants also learn how to take a systemic approach to operating and maintaining buildings and how to evaluate building performance in the process. The course is designed for current building operations staff who need to bridge the “green gap” between conventional and sustainable, high-performance operations practices.


  • Create an engaging and dynamic classroom experience
  • Teach material from approved curriculum, including course PowerPoint slides, workbooks, and customized classroom exercises
  • Prepare for, and deliver, GPRO O&M training in line with established training standards while being mindful of different learning styles, making adjustments when needed
  • Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process and answer questions throughout the course
  • Debrief with Urban Green following each course to provide feedback on training sessions
  • Participate in annual instructor recertification webinars to stay up-to-date with curriculum
  • Stay current and continually improve knowledge and understanding of the field
  • Prepare and submit required documentation following courses, including, but not limited to, sign-in sheets and student evaluations



  • Five years minimum professional and practical experience working in building operations and maintenance or equivalent. Relevant jobs include: building superintendents, operators, facilties and property managers, operating engineers, and stationary engineers. 
  • A passion for sustainability, knowledge of high-performance building practices, and willingness to learn more about the latest sustainability trends
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and a sensitivity to student needs and interests
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Proactive, diligent, flexible, enthusiastic and creative
  • Detail-oriented and able to work independently
  • Able to teach using ample real-world experience
  • Available to work Monday-Friday during business hours
  • Able to travel throughout NYC to teach, and ideally north of NYC as required from time to time
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google products (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel; Google Slides)



  • Experience as a trainer or in presenting technical information in a group setting
  • Experience teaching adults


To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter in a single PDF to

If your application is selected, you will be required to participate in GPRO O&M Instructor Training at no cost to you, but not paid. You must first pass the Instructor Training in order to become certified. This is a part-time contractor position that is available based on Urban Green’s training needs.

About GPRO
GPRO is a comprehensive national training and certificate program that teaches the people who maintain, build, and renovate buildings the principles of sustainability combined with job-specific high-performance construction knowledge. Since its inception in 2010, over 14,000 building operators and tradespeople across the country have become GPRO Certificate Holders.

About Urban Green
Urban Green’s mission is to transform buildings for a sustainable future in New York City and around the world. We help develop cutting-edge policy, we educate a broad range of professionals, and we research solutions that drive policy and best practices nationally and globally. By working with both the public and private sectors, we leverage our effectiveness.