GPRO@Work: Weill Cornell case study

We saw how Weill Cornell Medicine’s Engineering & Maintenance team reduced energy use and carbon emissions and learned ways you can do the same in your buildings!

With NYSERDA funding, Weill Cornell’s E&M team recently completed Urban Green Council’s GPRO@Work program. By carefully building a culture of training, creating a state-of-the-art Learning Lab and improving daily facilities processes, the E&M team has seen significant improvements in both energy use and staff engagement. This session will share the outcomes of the program thus far and share potential ways participants can implement changes in their own buildings.

GPRO@Work is a comprehensive, customized training and coaching program that reduces energy use and associated carbon emissions by building the skills of O&M staff and managers.

Published April 15, 2021


Angela Mu
Energy Manager, Weill Cornell Medicine

Angela manages the energy use of WCM’s campus, approximately 2.5 million square feet of medical research, educational and clinical space. She works with the operational teams to implement energy conservation projects, identify opportunities for operating existing equipment more efficiently, and she manages reporting and compliance with NYC regulations around energy usage. Prior to her work at WCM, Angela was a Project Manager at NYSERDA, focusing on commercial and industrial energy efficiency. Angela graduated with a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michael Murphy
Senior Director of Engineering & Maintenance, Weill Cornell Medicine

Michael has 28 years of experience within the design, construction, and facilities management industries. At Weill Cornell Medicine he works with an extensive facilities management team responsible for the overall physical plant, regulatory, security, emergency management, and energy efficient operation of approximately 2.5 million square feet of educational, clinical, residential, and medical research space. Michael has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Ellen Honigstock
Senior Director, Education, RA, Leed AP, GPRO: CM

Ellen oversees the development of Urban Green’s Public Programs. She is also responsible for developing the curriculum for Urban Green’s signature programs, including GPRO and Crushing the Code. Ellen has 28 years of experience as an architect and volunteered for Urban Green for several years before joining the staff, where she served as the first Residential Green Building Advocate for Urban Green Council, working to increase green building and LEED for Homes certification in the New York residential marketplace, and as a committee chair of the Green Codes Task Force. Ellen is a co-founder of Solarize Brooklyn and Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace.