Episode 4: Hydro’s Potential in a Zero Carbon Future




Watch our fourth 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 July 8, we were delighted to welcome Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, to the program. In this episode, John and Sophie discussed how hydropower can reduce New York City’s carbon emissions. They explored questions about the benefits and opportunities of tapping Québec’s hydro for low-carbon power, the scope of infrastructure needed to maintain continuous power generation, and impact on local communities.





Sophie Brochu
President and CEO
Hydro Québec
Sophie Brochu took office as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydro-Québec in April 2020. Brochu has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector. She began her career in 1987 as a financial analyst with Société québécoise d’initiatives pétrolières, a Québec government corporation responsible for developing the natural gas network in the province. In 1997, she joined Énergir as Vice President, Business Development, and subsequently went on to head other departments. In 2007, she became Énergir’s President and Chief Executive Officer, a position she held until the end of 2019. Under her guidance, the Québec natural gas distributor added renewable natural gas to its supply portfolio and became an important player in the wind and solar energy spaces, in both Canada and the U.S.
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.