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, 2021, we welcomed Gina Bocra—the first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer at NYC’s Department of Buildings—to the podcast. Gina and John 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.
Published May 12, 2020
Chief Executive Officer
John 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 having done business in 53 countries. He’s an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business and also served as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. John is the founding chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council and a former board chair of Urban Green. He is co-author of the book Food Foolish and has published about sustainability in Harvard Business Review.
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.