Episode 2: Day One for the NYC Energy Code




"We have to move in the direction of a carbon metric for building performance, and we need to be thinking about both operational and embodied carbon. We have a long way to get there, but we'll work our way through it." -Gina Bocra

Listen to our second episode of Urban Green Live, hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck. This livestreamed interview series features industry experts from NYC and around the globe to talk about solutions for a zero-carbon future.

On May 12, we were delighted to welcome Gina Bocra to the program—she’s the first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer at NYC’s Department of Buildings. Bocra and Mandyck discussed New York City’s plan to cut carbon in buildings and the new Energy Conservation Code on the same day it went into effect. They also discussed next steps in the implementation of LL97, the city’s climate emissions reduction law for buildings.





Gina Bocra, RA, LEED AP BD+C/ID+C
Chief Sustainability Officer
NYC Department of Buildings
Gina Bocra is Chief Sustainability Officer at the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). With 19 years of sustainability experience, Gina leads a DOB team of specialists charged with enforcing the Energy Code and chairs the new Local Law 97 advisory board. She supports the implementation of laws addressing building emissions, benchmarking, audits and retro-commissioning, and lighting and sub-metering, while also contributing to new legislation to increase energy efficiency in New York City’s building stock. She assists with the continued development of the New York City Construction Codes and the NYC Energy Code to accommodate advances in sustainability.
John Mandyck
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.