Urban Green Live: What’s next for sustainable buildings in NYC? (w/ Ben Furnas)
Hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck, Urban Green Live features conversations with international industry experts to answer your questions about a low carbon future.
On July 14, 2021, we welcomed Ben Furnas, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability. During this episode, Ben and John discuss New York City’s policy direction for carbon reduction in buildings and the very latest about NYC’s plans to lower emissions.
Published July 14, 2021
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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.
Director NYC Mayor's Office of Climate and Sustainability
During his time in city government, Furnas has been pivotal in bringing major climate and transportation initiatives to life. He played instrumental roles in Vision Zero, OneNYC, the 80×50 Action Plan, the city’s sweeping measures to improve building energy efficiency culminating with the Climate Mobilization Act, the electrification of the city fleet and the expansion of the city’s bus lanes and bike network. Furnas began his tenure in the Mayor’s Office in 2014, working for First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris as a Special Advisor for Sustainability and Infrastructure, and then serving as Deputy Director of the Office of Policy and Planning. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Furnas served as a senior policy associate for then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, focusing on budget, land use, street safety, transportation, health care, immigration and labor issues. He began his career in Washington, D.C. at the Center for American Progress.