Strategies

Climate change demands dramatic and immediate shifts in how we design and use buildings. Urban Green is laser-focused on helping New York City achieve an 80 percent carbon reduction by 2050 and exporting our solutions globally. Our three-year plan prioritizes five key strategies:

> BRING THE RETROFIT MARKET TO SCALE

Nearly 85 percent of existing buildings are likely to be with us in 2050, so driving down their energy use is essential to addressing climate change. NYC’s groundbreaking emissions law passed in 2019 affects 50,000 large buildings and will drive unprecedented growth in the retrofit market. Urban Green uses all its levers – education, policy and research – to help reach this formidable goal... READ MORE.

> ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICY 

Our policy work drives green building progress in New York City and beyond. By improving codes, we can make every current and future building more sustainable. By engaging stakeholders, we fashion energy and climate solutions that work for the environment, communities and the bottom line. Our efforts have helped transform New York City’s green building landscape as well as the city’s building policies to be the most efficient and resilient in the nation... READ MORE.

> EDUCATE BUILDING PROFESSIONALS

Sustainable buildings require educated professionals at every level—design, construction, management and operations. Since our inception, Urban Green has been a pioneer in sustainability training. We develop and deliver best-in-class educational programs that teach practitioners the skills they need to create and run high-performance buildings... READ MORE.

> SCALE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS

As a global city, we have the opportunity and obligation to participate on the global stage. To curb emissions, cities around the world must implement innovative green building policies and practices now. By exporting New York City’s leading-edge climate solutions to other cities, Urban Green can scale and accelerate climate action... READ MORE.