NYC Next: Trends for a Changing City

*SOLD OUT* At our 2023 conference, we’re bringing together experts to explain three key trends that will shape the future of NYC.

Urban Green Council 2023 Conference

Event Cost

  • Non-member: $75
  • Core Member (incl. Student and Emerging Professional Members): $55
  • Trust and Leadership Level Member: $55
  • Sponsor Member: $55

Continuing Education Credits

3.5 GBCI
3.5 PDH

Getting to net zero, housing conversions, and resilient all-electric buildings.

Check-in will open at 12:30 p.m. on June 8. The conference will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

To reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, New York City will continue to undergo some pretty big changes. And as buildings are responsible for more than two-thirds of the city’s emissions, the majority of those changes will occur in the places where we live, work and gather. But what can we expect these changes to be? How will buildings in 2050 look different from today? Who will do the work? And how does it all fit into the larger scope of the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to bring emissions to net zero by 2050?

In our 2023 conference, NYC Next: Trends for a Changing City, we’re bringing together experts to explain three key trends that will shape the city: getting to net zero, converting offices to apartments, and centering resiliency in NYC’s buildings of the future. We’ll talk to the individuals who have an inside look at these trends and are doing the work to make NYC’s climate targets a reality.

Sessions and speakers

Keynote address

Session 1 | Making net zero a reality

With remarks by Brad Lander, NYC Comptroller

You might have heard the term “net zero”, but what does it really mean, how do the standards differ, how do we avoid greenwashing, and how does it fit into broader climate frameworks like the Paris Climate Agreement? In this panel, we’ll get answers to these questions and explore NYC’s next steps toward net zero.

Session 2 | Sustainable conversion: Commercial to residential

With remarks by Dan Garodnick, Chairman, City Planning Commission and Director, NYC Department of City Planning

As companies shift to remote work, many NYC office buildings are being converted into much-needed housing. This expert panel will look at how we can keep sustainability and affordability front of mind during these conversions.

Session 3 | Resiliency actions for all-electric buildings

In the coming years, fossil fuels will be phased out of all new construction in New York City and State. So how do we ensure that these all-electric buildings are resilient to blackouts and extreme weather? This myth-busting panel will break down the most important resiliency considerations for our buildings of the future.

Thank you

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Outreach partners

AIA Staten Island
Building Energy Exchange
NY Passive House
NYC Accelerator

Passive House Accelerator
Passive House Network
Soulful Synergy
USGBC Long Island

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