Happy Halloween from GPRO!





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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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)



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.

GPRO Hits 5,000 Trained!

We are happy to announce that the GPRO community is now over 5,000 strong! Since GPRO’s launch in 2010, thousands of building trades and contractors
have learned why and how to build green. We look forward to growing our network and continuing to lead the green building movement with you! 



If you are curious about climate change, but feel overwhelmed by too much data, the 2014 National Climate Assessment may be for you! This user-friendly web report was released this month by the US Global Change Research Program, a confederation of 13 federal agencies— including the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, NASA and the EPA — dedicated to understanding and preparing the US for the risks of a changing global climate.

Photo credit: NASA Goddard, Flickr (CC)


Many thanks to Urban Future Lab for hosting the public GPRO Construction Management class! An amazing view of the New York City skyline underscores the impact that participants’ everyday work as building tradespeople and soon-to-be GPRO certificate holders has on the city.

Special thanks to Local Union 3 Electricians for sending a great instructor to teach GPRO Electrical Systems in upstate New York! International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) electricians from all over New York took advantage of the opportunity to become certified GPRO instructors and expand green building knowledge at their local unions.


The New York City Council recently passed four Green Codes targeting better health for building occupants and energy efficiency opportunities on construction sites. Read more about mold, stairs, lights, and pipes here!

NYSERDA to Fund Training for 2,700 GPRO Students

Urban Green is eligible to receive nearly $600,000 from NYSERDA over the next two years to offset training costs for 2,700 students across New York State. GPRO courses will be discounted by 70% in 2014 and 60% in 2015.

With this funding, we will train 550 building operators to improve building efficiency and reduce waste; we will show 865 property managers and 670 construction managers how to improve indoor air quality and prevent pollution; we will teach 212 HVACR technicians about the role of mechanical systems in green building; and we will help 340 plumbers and 80 subcontractors understand how their direct actions on job sites affect the sustainability of the projects they are working on.

These workers will create healthier, more sustainable, and energy-efficient buildings across the state, in addition to increasing their job marketability due to growing demands for green building.

First come first served! If your company or organization is interested in offering discounted GPRO training for your employees, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting Sarah at sp@urbangreencouncil.org. If you are an individual interested in GPRO training, please let us know by filling out this form, as discounted public classes will also be available.


Sample GPRO Certificate

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.

Questions? Send us an email.

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