February 4, 2016
December 17, 2015
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 homes, is 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
October 29, 2015
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.
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.
September 24, 2015
ANNUAL CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 2
In just 8 days, Modern All Over Again will bring together industry leaders to address the challenges of revitalizing New York City’s midcentury buildings and energy infrastructure. The half-day event will explore the historical context that led to building practices of the 1950s-60s, as well as business, design, and energy conservation opportunities for renewing our aging grid and aging buildings.
Get to know some of our notable speakers on our website, including keynote speaker Audrey Zibelman (Chair, NY State Public Service Commission) on the $60 billion transformation planned for NYC’s utility grid, and Glenn Weiss (Executive VP, Leasing, Vornado Realty Trust) on the core business concerns involved in operating, maintaining and renovating midcentury office buildings.
August 27, 2015
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
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.