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Season’s Greetings from GPRO


Thank you to all our students, certificate holders and delivery partners for another incredible year! Our community is now over 7,100 strong and reaches across North America. We can’t wait to share what’s in store for 2016.

GPRO HOMES BETA

GPRO Homes, our new course that teaches homebuilders how to build and market high-performance homesis ready for launch! These classes will prepare builders to meet growing homeowner demand for residences that maximize comfort, efficiency, and health. General contractors can gain a deeper understanding of sustainable homebuilding practices and a distinct edge in the marketplace.

We’d like to invite you to attend the GPRO Homes beta class to be held on January 13th from 10am to 2pm at the Urban Green Council office. For more information, email Melissa Jardine at mj@urbangreencouncil.org.

GPRO DISCOUNT EXTENDED: 60% OFF CLASSES IN NY STATE

We’re happy to announce that our 60% discount for qualified NYS residents has been extended into 2016, thanks to generous funding by NYSERDA. Take advantage of this extension by scheduling classes now—don’t miss an opportunity to deliver GPRO training to your organization at a fraction of the cost.

VIDEOS: MODERN ALL OVER AGAIN

See our video series covering how NYC’s aging power grid, public housing, midtown offices, and iconic landmarks can be revitalized—key steps on the path towards the city’s goal of reaching 80% carbon cuts by 2050.


HIRING

We’re looking for new talent to help us continue growing our community and impact. See openings in Policy, Education Development, Education Outreach & Delivery, and more—apply soon on our website.

 

Happy Halloween from GPRO!

 

 

 

2015 URBAN GREEN GALA: HONORING IBEW & USGBC

We hope you will join us in less than two weeks to celebrate the work of our 2015 Gala honorees: Christopher Erikson, Business Manager of IBEW Local 3 Electricians, and Rick Fedrizzi, Founding Chair and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn more about their contributions to sustainability and the building industry on our website.

VIDEOS: REVITALIZING PUBLIC HOUSING

Over half a century old, the majority of New York’s public housing faces worsening conditions and widening gaps in funding. At our recent conference, Bomee Jung of NYCHA joined the UK’s Mark Elton of Sustainable By Design to discuss strategies for affordable public housing retrofits on both sides of the Atlantic.

See videos of Part 1 – NYCHA and Part 2 – Passive Public Housing, and read the panel recap on our blog.

HIRING

Positions on our Education Development, Education Outreach & Delivery, Policy, and Research teams are still open for applications. For more details or to apply, visit our website.

Metered New York and a Summer Update from GPRO!

We’ve had an exciting summer here at GPRO and Urban Green. We’ve trained nearly 7,000 professionals in green building techniques, and are gearing up to begin new courses in the fall aimed to help navigate the new NYC energy code and more.

NEW BENCHMARKING TOOL: METERED NEW YORK

Launched in mid-June, Metered New York, Urban Green’s new benchmarking website, features tools for visualizing the city’s public data on energy, water and emissions data for the nearly 15,000 properties that make up half of NYC’s square footage.

Visit metered.nyc to see property report cards with performance data by year, size, location, sector, as well as benchmarking resources, case studies, and more.

2015 EBIE WINNERS

This year’s EBie Awards­—the Oscars of existing buildings—welcomed our largest pool of applicants yet and celebrated impressive projects from around the country. Read more about a new award and a lively Broadway performance that kept guests on the edge of their seats on our blog, and see behind-the-scenes interviews with EBie winners and supporters on Vimeo.

The coveted All-Rounder Award went to Stephen Monez of Mount Sinai Health Systems in Brooklyn for the hospital’s overhaul of its HVAC systems, while this year’s Smooth Operator was Eric Gregory for Emory University’s restoration of their business school. Learn more about these projects and see a full list of 2015 EBie Award winners across seven categories on the EBies website.

NYC LOCAL LAWS: HOW TO GET VALUE FROM DOING THE WORK

Learn how to get the most value from complying with NYC’s Local Law 87 and Local Law 88.

Join our free evening training on energy audits, retro-commissioning, sub-metering, and more at the Science, Industry, and Business Library on Thursday, September 10th. Read more about LL88 on our blog.

GPRO Across America

Over 60 instructors representing more than 40 union halls across the United States and Canada are amped up and ready to start teaching GPRO to their members this fall!Last week, GPRO Mechanical was officially launched at the United Association’s 61st Annual Instructor Training Program (ITP). Forty-four plumbing and mechanical union instructors were trained at ITP to teach GPRO Plumbing and GPRO Mechanical at their locals.We’re also excited to grow our partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) through the training of 16 electrical union instructors. Taught at IBEW’s National Training Institute earlier this month, these instructors will now be able to teach GPRO Electrical Systems and GPRO Construction Management. Read more about our experience at the union trainings here. 

 

NEW STADIUM, OLD WATER | LEVIS HITS GOLD
The 
new 49’ers Levis stadium in drought-stricken California is changing the game by using recycled water for 85% of its water needs, from irrigating the field and green roof to flushing toilets. The stadium’s other features include solar energy, reclaimed construction materials, healthy food options, composting, and access to alternative transportation. Together, these features have earned the “Field of Jeans” LEED Gold certification!Photo credit: Intel Free Press, Flickr (CC)

 

BE (URBAN) GREEN

Join the Urban Green team! Stay up to date with our staff openings and don’t miss your chance to dive into the field of sustainability.

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GPRO is a comprehensive national training and certificate program developed by Urban Green Council, USGBC New York, that teaches the people who build, renovate and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green construction knowledge.

GPRO is designed for the experienced building professional who seeks to integrate green practices into his/her core knowledge of their trade. See if GPRO training is right for you by reviewing our course descriptions.

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