NYC Building Resiliency Task Force Announced, Urban Green Will Organize

At the request of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Urban Green Council will convene a special Building Resiliency Task Force of leaders in the NYC real estate community. The charge of the Task Force is to take an in-depth look at how to prepare city buildings for future storms and infrastructure failures.

Urban Green Council will be working with the City Council to identify key stakeholders and potential Task Force members in the coming weeks. Work will begin immediately, with plans to release recommendations by the summer of 2013.

“I can’t think of a more critical and timely project for our organization right now,” says Urban Green Executive Director Russell Unger. “Resiliency has always been an important component of sustainable building, but now it’s really front and center. We are honored to take on this task at the request of the Speaker.”

Urban Green Council is a center for urban green building policy development, assisting with New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan and leading the NYC Green Codes Task Force. In addition, Urban Green Council is leader in sustainability education and outreach. Current programs include:

  • Technical workshops for architects and engineers;
  • Conferences and educational sessions addressing leading urban sustainability issues;
  • Outreach to New York City building owners and operators on new energy legislation;
  • GPRO, a national training program for building trades, contractors, and operators.


  1. There is no specific mention of residential or commercial construction in the organization’s mission statement; instead, it emphasizes the urban environment. From the Urban Green Council’s website:

    Urban Green Council is the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Recognizing that urban life leaves a smaller footprint than the suburban alternative, we envision cities that coexist in harmony with their natural environment and contribute to the health and well being of all.

    A non-profit organization established in 2001, Urban Green is funded by contributions from foundations, its 1,100 members, and over 50 corporate sponsors. Our in-house experts and a dedicated network of volunteers are helping to transform the built environment in New York City with models that can be replicated in urban centers nationwide.

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