Energy, Homes, People, Products & Materials, Residential Buildings

Putting the Rad in Radiator

No Comments Posted on 12 February 2014 by Richard Leigh

My grandmother had a tea cozy. Woven from wool of subdued colors (probably the only wools available), her tea stayed warm all afternoon because (wait for it…) the cozy kept the heat inside the pot!

In overheated New York City apartments, it would be great to be able to keep some heat inside steam radiators. Of course the super has to turn the heat up enough to quiet the noisier tenants in colder apartments. But once he does, most of the other apartments in the building are overheated, and “double-hung thermostats,” aka windows, are regulating temperatures by exchanging cold air for heat and wasting lots and lots of fuel. What to do?

One answer is thermostatically controlled radiator valves (TRVs). These keep the steam out of the radiator unless they sense a room temperature below an adjustable set point. They work well on hot water and two-pipe steam systems, and they’re OK on one-pipe steam if the super knows enough to keep the system steam pressure down. BUT they require plumbing work to install, the resident has to let the owner in to install the system, and given the hassle, the owner may prefer to let the residents stew in the steam. (There are owners who do not seem to be tempted by devices that pay for themselves in fuel savings in a few years – surprising numbers of them.) What can a tenant sweltering in an overheated apartment do?

Soon, urban winter heat-stroke victims, you may have an option that does not depend on the cooperation of the building owner! A New York City startup with a big idea is coming to your rescue with the radiator cozy, a device that will imprison the heat in your radiator, only releasing the modest amount needed to maintain the temperature you choose to set1. With your mobile phone!

Any technology that puts decision-making power on a comfort-inducing item completely in the hands of tenants is a game changer. If you’re overheated, you don’t have to even talk to the owner to install a radiator cozy, and in NYC rental world, that’s often a plus. But if you did, it’s hard to see what an objection could be, since you’ll be lowering demand for fuel.  In fact, owners who are reluctant to bring in the professionals needed to install TRVs should consider paying for cozies themselves. At $300 each, a five-year payback2 seems easy to come by if the cozies are installed in overheated rooms with windows that are often open.

Disclaimer: Urban Green Council does not endorse companies or products, and since this product is not yet available, it would make no sense to do so even if we did. But we totally endorse the idea of better tenant control of heating systems, so please consider this a “heads up” to potential progress in this area.

My only complaint is that the developers felt they had to bad-mouth TRVs in some of their material. Since I live in an apartment that is made totally comfortable by TRVs, and has been for years, I found that set of complaints unconvincing. And they don’t need them: the cozy’s ease of installation is a very big deal. Nana would have liked it.

Note 1: The technical stuff: The cozy is an insulated box that covers the whole radiator. It has a fan that comes on when the room temperature drops below the set point, blowing air through the radiator and out, bring heat to the room. When the room warms up, the fan shuts off. Maybe it could be simpler, but I don’t see how.

Note 2: If a radiator services 300 square feet, and an NYC building uses 15 Btu/ft2-HDD, lowering demand by 10% will save 2.2 million Btu of fuel, worth about $65 at $4.00 per gallon.  That’s less than a five-year payback. But will it save 10%? The developer says “up to 30%,” but we all know what “up to” means. If they are only installed in overheated rooms with presently open windows, I think 10% (for that radiator, not the system) is a pretty sure bet.

Landscape, People, Planning

Author Talk: The Nature of Urban Design

No Comments Posted on 03 February 2014 by Cecil Scheib

Alexandros Washburn

“You can be the greatest designer in the world, but if you can’t work under the pressure of politics, or don’t understand the need for a profit motive, you will accomplish nothing. Urban design changes things.” So says New York City’s former chief urban designer Alexandros Washburn at Urban Green’s sold-out author talk. Three billion people live in cities now – a number that will increase to five billion by 2030. Washburn guesses only about 30,000 of them have any clue about how to improve urban quality of life, perhaps the smallest ratio of experts to stakeholders of almost any human endeavor. We need more people working to make cities better. But having a great vision isn’t enough; for change to occur, politics and finance have to align with design.

Washburn’s heroes include Frederick Law Olmsted (who not only designed Central Park, but actually got it built), Jane Jacobs, and even the controversial Robert Moses. All these urbanists share something in common with the evening’s audience of green building devotees: they strove to leave our city better than they found it. Washburn said it’s a lesson he learned directly from a beloved boss, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who said about rebuilding Penn Station: “Make it inevitable.” The connection between the late, great NY Senator and NYC design was palpable, as Washburn paused and gathered himself after sharing personal memories from Moynihan’s funeral.

At his Red Hook home during Sandy, Washburn experienced firsthand how cities’ effects on the climate are coming back with a vengeance. And while some of his pictures of empty, waterlogged streets have an almost tranquil quality, he takes a darker view: “It makes you want to think of Venice. But it’s not like Venice, and it’s something we have to protect against.” There’ll be no retreat from climate change, just as New York showed no retreat when facing another citywide crisis caused by poor urban design: endemic disease in the 19th century. Just as this was solved by urban designers (and hygienists), we’ll do the same with climate change, he says. One exception: “Take the boiler out of the basement!”

Washburn says resiliency planning (like the work of the Building Resiliency Task Force) can be more than just a reaction to Sandy. New laws, buildings, and infrastructure “both reduce risk and offer an opportunity to improve civic life.” The changes to come can both strengthen and beautify our city, and provide other benefits as well. But there’s a management challenge.

Under our current complex system, it can take years from project conception to breaking ground – even longer if the project is really innovative. Will that work in the face of what’s coming? Washburn thinks not: “If climate change starts accelerating, we won’t have the luxury of a system that takes years to make well-considered changes. If we need change faster than our system can provide it, we are at risk of authoritarians. They will say we need it for the good of the city. I want to work on making the system faster while keeping it responsive and subtle.”

Washburn will now be undertaking this work at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and  he’s likely to find success motivating students there. Washburn has a unique talent to make the hidden underbelly of urban design a topic of vivid interest and beauty. Of course, not many speakers wax poetic about their favorite zoning law (he prefers the groundbreaking Zoning Resolution of 1916), so he doesn’t have a lot of competition!

Having seen him speak twice about his book, it’s clear his engagement with audiences about urban design goes deeper than just the strength of his personal interest. I was most moved by his description of how the High Line came to be. Proposed by unlikely champions and implemented by an even more unlikely coalition of private and public funds, he thinks Olmsted, Moses and Jacobs would all grudgingly endorse it, meaning politics, money, and design needs have probably been satisfied. Washburn is extraordinarily lucid in his description of the technical mechanism that allowed the High Line to happen in the face of opposition from owners of the land underneath the defunct railway, forever blocked from building their rightful five stories. The solution was air rights transfers, allowing those owners to sell the rights to build higher buildings a few blocks away and turning them “almost overnight from being enemies to friends of the High Line.”

As he drew the audience deeper into the tale of this almost-impossible urban miracle, a hushed silence fell over the room as Washburn reverently intoned the name of the design solution that solved the problem: “Special West Chelsea District Rezoning.” This phrase might have seemed esoteric or even comical in another venue. But this evening, they acquired new meaning, summing up all by themselves the sacrifice and success of those who had left their part of New York better than they found it.

Climate Change, Homes, People

A Tale of Two Sandys

No Comments Posted on 15 January 2014 by Cecil Scheib

Charles Dickens may have written A Tale of Two Cities, but Mayor Bill de Blasio has famously made the term his own. Superstorm Research Lab extends his language – and his message – in A Tale of Two Sandys, a nuanced analysis of how the storm affected New Yorkers. They find that while Sandy was a standalone event that affected everyone, rich and poor, it was also a magnifying glass, amplifying pre-existing disparities among neighborhoods and individuals.

One poignant example from the paper: when housing was provided for those displaced by Sandy, homeless people weren’t eligible – they didn’t have evidence of storm damage to their homes! But Superstorm Research Lab says being fair can be tricky, since the boundary between “equality” and “equity” is fuzzy. The paper quotes a university administrator tasked with providing food to community members in a neighborhood without power post-Sandy:

“This guy says, ‘I really think you should plan to bring food to the people in outlying areas.’ So I said to him, ‘Well, where do you live?’ He said, ‘I live in the Bronx.’ And I said, ‘But you had power in the Bronx. Why…why would we have brought you food?’ And he said, ‘Well, that’s just fair. If the people down here are getting food, why wouldn’t we?’” 

The report references Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE (and who facilitated at the Talking Transition event co-led by Urban Green on Sustainable, Healthy, and Resilient Construction), saying “poor people of color were disproportionately affected by the direct and indirect impacts of Sandy and need to take leadership, not just in building a community-wide movement, but also in pushing the U.S. climate movement in general to be more diverse.” That makes a lot of sense – in the end, neither rich, poor, nor any group will escape climate change, though the consequences may be more heavily borne by those of lesser means.

“Climate change is now in the city’s DNA,” says an NYC government disaster relief officer quoted in the report. Maybe, maybe not, because researchers found that a change in beliefs doesn’t necessarily entail changes in behavior: “…for the most part, people who were already concerned about climate change continued to be so, and those who were not, continued not to be even if they were persuaded that climate change played a role in the storm. Careful attention to the problem was largely restricted to government actors and other policy experts.” So the people who may be most affected by upcoming problems are not necessarily being included in finding solutions.

Some of the recommendations of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force would cut carbon pollution, make buildings more resilient, and save money (gas-burning micro-cogen is a great example). Those who can take these steps to address both climate change mitigation and adaption help themselves as well as future generations, even if public engagement on climate change is spotty. New York City becomes more prepared for the future even if only some people take action now. It may not be complete equity, but it’s an important start.

Commercial Buildings, GPRO, People, Residential Buildings

Green Supers Run Super Green Buildings (and Love It)

No Comments Posted on 27 November 2013 by Rena Lee

With up to 20% energy savings in each building – the numbers are clear. Green building operations and maintenance is helping residents, property owners, and the environment, but what about the agents of change themselves?

Two exemplary Green Supers, Victor Nazario and Marat Olfir, shared their stories at a panel discussion on the findings of 32BJ and Steven Winters Associates’ recent report.

Victor, Resident Manager at The Whitney (311 East 38th Street), says that the training critically changed his view on buildings and health. Becoming a Green Super gave him “renewed passion to learn more” about the repetitive tasks he performs in his daily work, and turned his job into a legacy for his family and future generations. His attitude of “If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?” is much needed to address climate change mitigation and adaptation here and around the world.

Marat, Resident Manager at The Future Condominiums (200 East 32nd Street), inherited a building from another Green Super who had already made a huge impact by upgrading boilers and heat-pumps in his building. Marat completed his own projects from “no-brainer” solutions like insulating steam-pipes in boiler rooms to large-scale installation of efficient lighting, water fixtures, and PTAC (packaged terminal air conditioner) insulation in residents’ apartments. This training helped Marat find a more advanced and secure job with a larger company.

Another Green Super said, “It’s good to get likeminded people in one room, to bring awareness. It becomes a cultural change, a practical way of thinking. It’s all about taking ownership of your building.”

Green training programs are quickly improving perspective and practice in the building industry. With this fundamental drive, building operators can use GPRO Operations & Maintenance Essentials training to sharpen their technical and entrepreneurial skills, by learning how to choose and install appropriate technologies. Successfully transitioning to a more sustainable building also requires communication skills to educate property owners and residents on new practices.

The skills taught by the Green Supers training reaches beyond the superintendents to their team members and the decision-makers investing in the Supers’ proposed energy efficiency projects.

Training programs like Green Supers have unprecedented  financial and environmental value – the personal and social investment are what make green building training a critical step towards a more sustainable New York.

Climate Change, People

5,000 Pound Life Kickoff: Influencing Americans’ Attitudes about Climate Change

No Comments Posted on 04 October 2013 by Ellen Honigstock

Photo Courtesy of Architectural League NY

We have long followed the work of Anthony Leiserowitz, Executive Director of the Yale Center for Climate Change Communication (YCCC), and used the Center’s research to inform our approach to construction education in our GPRO courses. I was excited to hear Mr. Leiserowitz speak last night at Climate Change in the American Mind, the kick-off event for the Architectural League NY’s Five Thousand Pound Life a combination of initiatives about reducing America’s per capita carbon emissions to 5,000 pounds per year.

Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director of the Architectural League, opened the event by saying how exasperated she was by the lack of popular reaction to the release of the recent IPCC Report, which further confirmed that human activities are the main cause of climate change and endorsed a trillion-ton carbon budget for all of humanity.  She gently accused architects of being “enablers” of excessive growth and unlimited development.  She called for the design community to use the power of their imaginations to help them be stewards of the environment, and to draw upon the variety of their perspectives to envision how we might change our current trajectory.

If you attended Urban Green’s 2012 conference, Cooling on Climate Change. You may remember Lisa Fernandez’s theory of the “Six Americas.” This research project divided the American population into six categories, from the alarmed and concerned through the cautious and disengaged to the doubtful and dismissive. It turns out that the factor that most determines how much someone will agree with the statement “I believe that climate change is real, that human activity caused it and that there are workable solutions” is where you fall on the continuum between egalitarianism to individualism. Those who believe that we should all work together are much more likely to agree that we can solve huge global issues like climate change, and those who run towards self-reliance dismiss the issue because it clearly can’t be solved by individuals alone.

Anthony Leiserowitz and the YCCC have been researching how Americans understand and misunderstand causes, solutions and risks related to global warming.  He presented his most recent data that showed that naysayers are dramatically more prevalent than they were 10 years ago.  Alternatively, since many Americans were affected by environmental disasters in 2012 (think Sandy, Snowmageddon, and Snowpocalypse and that’s just the East Coast), the number of people who are interested in finding solutions to climate change are starting to trend upward.

I am cheered by his optimism. He compares Americans’ current attitudes about global warming with attitudes in the 1970s towards smoking.  It took changes in culture, behavior and regulations to create this 180-degree turnaround. When was the last time you saw someone smoke inside a building?

Most Americans don’t know how bad the situation really is, and global warming seems so far away, both geographically (North Pole) and chronologically (50 years from now).The invisibility and intangibility of the problem makes it particularly hard to get people engaged. Adding to the problem is that the small percentage of naysayers have seized far more media attention.

But the good news is that people who are not yet engaged are far more likely to take action if asked by a person they like and respect.  Talking to friends, neighbors and family members about shared values is extremely effective. In fact, Mr. Leiserowitz said that one of their next projects is to promote conversation starters that will help to draw out common values among people with different perspectives.  He also emphasized that in order to be most effective, the discussion needs to move from a global perspective to a community one.

One of the most interesting findings from last night is that there is not so much daylight between the most committed environmentalist and the most individualist tea partier.  In fact, these two groups collaborated in Georgia to form the Green Tea Coalition whose mission to battle monopolies on electric generation and allow individual solar panel installations is gaining traction.

There was a not-so-gentle indictment of the environmental community for doing a far better job of explaining the coming dystopia than showing a clear achievable path.  I would argue that Urban Green is well on the way to path-making with our recent 90 by 50 Report and the pragmatic recommendations of the Building Resilency Task Force.

The takeaway is that while the naysaying American public is loud and have so far dominated the public square, we environmentalists have immense potential to organize and spread the word.  For much too long, we have formed a circle and have been only speaking to each other. Now is the time for each of us to widen the circle and bring in everyone who will help us achieve our goals of achieving energy independence, creating good jobs and positioning us well for the low carbon economy of the future.

Energy, Homes, People, Resiliency

Engineer Runs House with Car

No Comments Posted on 23 August 2013 by Urban Green Council

This story first appeared in the August 2013 edition of  WinterGreen, a monthly publication from Steven Winter Associates.

Steven Winter Associates Building Systems Engineer Gayathri Vijayakumar has taken a unique precaution against future electrical power outages by connecting her Toyota Prius to her New Haven home’s power system. Gayathri took a special inverter and connected it to her hybrid car, which created a generator. This distinctive system works by connecting the inverter to a transfer switch and starting the Prius, generating enough electricity (1600 Watts) to run the critical circuits in her house, including pre-selected lights, refrigerator, and the electric ignition to the tankless gas water heater.

The inverter, purchased from ConVerdant Vehicles, was less expensive than a standard gas generator, provides electricity by using half the fuel, and is much quieter. “We were not prepared for our first power outage in Connecticut, but we were able to use the gas stove for cooking and our gas fireplace kept the first floor at well over 70F. Being without a fridge and hot water was a challenge though. Now that we have the Prius, at $4/gallon of gas, generating electricity through the inverter is still more than twice as expensive as buying it from the utility. But in a power outage situation, being able to provide basic power for three days on one tank of gas is pretty amazing” said Gayathri. Mother Nature is showing us that even though it is critical to focus on energy-efficient building designs and renewable systems, we must include storm resiliency as another component of designing truly sustainable buildings.

For more information, please contact Gayathri Vijayakumar at gvijayakumar@swinter.com.

People

Thank You, Summer Interns!

No Comments Posted on 14 August 2013 by Ariana Vito

Urban Green Council relies on our interns to help with our monthly educational programs, GPRO, our national green training programs for trades, contractors, and building operators, and assist with fundraising and communication projects.  As the Fall 2013 Internship season approaches, we wanted thank our talented summer interns for their incredible work over the past three months.

MICHELLE BOSTWICK, Programs/Development Intern
Pursuing a BA in Environmental Studies and Economics at Franklin and Marshall College

Interning at Urban Green Council has been such a rewarding experience! Through both the programs and development departments, I was given so many opportunities to involve myself in the sustainable design community. I was invited to attend lectures, events and networking opportunities, which really allowed me to get the most out of my summer internship. The entire staff is also dedicated and committed to spreading Urban Green’s mission, which made working here that much more interesting. After this internship, I hope to use the skills I have learned to further my studies in sustainability management and advocacy.

IAN JURGENSEN, GPRO Intern
Pursuing an MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School

This summer has been a fantastic learning experience! My understanding of green building and energy efficiency has been significantly expanded, and I am extremely grateful for my time at Urban Green. I worked primarily on developing version 2.0 of the GPRO Fundamentals of Green Building manual and presentation, but also researched and drafted HVACR and Plumbing curricula. After finishing my MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School in the spring, I hope to combine my background in lighting design and project management with my knowledge of green building practices toward a career in energy efficiency retrofitting or urban sustainability.

SARAH PIZER, GPRO Intern
Pursuing a BA in Public Policy at the University of Michigan 

Interning at Urban Green Council has both deepened my understanding of urban sustainability and opened my eyes to the world of green building. With the support of a dedicated staff, my three months here have refined my interests in environmental policy and have given me a better idea of the direction I want to take after college. Specifically working on GPRO has provided an important perspective on the many aspects of sustainable building practices and those who contribute to it. I know I will bring all that I’ve learned from this internship with me as I finish my final year at the University of Michigan, and afterwards as I enter the professional world.

BETH SAVRANN, GPRO Intern
2013 Graduate of Oberlin College with a BA in Environmental Studies, Geology, and Biology
Working at Urban Green Council has been a great opportunity to explore my professional and personal interests in sustainable development and design. As a GPRO intern I have been able to learn in depth about the green building industry, and the processes involved in project construction. This internship has built me a knowledge base that will support me as I continue to work in this field. Being able to apply my undergraduate studies in a professional setting so dedicated to sustainable urban initiatives has been a rewarding experience. I am excited to be staying on this fall as Chief GPRO Intern!

Best of luck to Michelle, Ian, and Sarah on their future endeavors, and we look forward to continuing to work with Beth this fall! 

GPRO, People

Thank You, Summer Interns!

No Comments Posted on 22 August 2012 by Erin Johnson

Urban Green Council relies on our interns to help with our monthly educational programs, assist with fundraising, and work on developing our national certificate program GPRO. The Fall 2012 Internship season is upon us, and we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to our summer interns and thank them for their incredible work over the past three months.

JESSICA JOANLANNE
[GPRO Intern]
Recent graduate from the New York School of Interior Design with an MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments.

Interning at Urban Green Council has been such an amazing experience!  The entire staff is truly dedicated to spreading the message of sustainability, and I am so happy for the opportunity to learn from them and contribute to their mission.  Working on GPRO has been especially rewarding, because I’ve been able to apply so much from my recent graduate studies to the development of the different course modules.  After this internship, I hope to implement all that I’ve learned to advance my career in the field of sustainable design and advocacy.

JAMIE KLEINBERG
[Research Intern] Graduate of Tufts University with a B.S. Chemical Engineering

As a research intern, I have been working on the 90×50 project, which aims to describe the energy efficiency measures necessary to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions 90% below 2010 levels by the year 2050. It is truly an eye-opening project, and I hope to see a greener New York City as a result of it! Working on 90×50 has taught me so much about the careful interaction between scientific research and feasible policy. I am so thankful for the opportunity to see the project through to its end, and I expect to use what I’ve learned about sustainability in all of my future endeavors.

NATALIE SELZER
[GPRO Intern] A California native and recent Tufts University graduate with a B.A. in environmental studies and English. 

The past three months at Urban Green Council have been a great learning experience. Working on GPRO curriculum development allowed me to combine my two primary interests—urban sustainability and writing/editing—in a really interesting way that I hadn’t experienced before. It opened my eyes to a new set of professional possibilities in environmental education and training, which I may not have otherwise considered. I was also lucky to work with the small, dedicated staff of GPRO. They gave me both independence and support, and really involved me in the big projects they were working on. They welcomed me as a part of their team, and I was able to learn so much about sustainable building practices, curriculum development, and the nonprofit workplace because of their inclusive attitude. Once my time with Urban Green Council ends, I hope to pursue a career in environmental journalism or communications (anything that involves both words and the environment!).

CHARLOTTE STANLEY
[GPRO Intern] California native with a B.S. in Environmental Science from UCLA.
I’m so glad I got the opportunity to continue my spring internship at Urban Green Council through the summer. As a member of GPRO’s curriculum development team, I gained additional responsibilities and helped with research, writing, editing, and more for the Construction Management and Operations & Maintenance modules. I’ve really enjoyed all aspects of my internship and I’m excited for my next step – joining Urban Green’s staff full-time as GPRO’s Curriculum Associate!

Best of luck to Jessica, Jamie, Natalie, and Charlotte on their future endeavors! We are now accepting applications for our Fall 2012 internship positions through the end of August.

EBies, GPRO, People

Thank You, Spring Interns!

No Comments Posted on 11 April 2012 by Erin Johnson

Urban Green Council relies on our interns to help coordinate our monthly educational programs and special events, assist with research and  fundraising, and work on developing our national certificate program GPRO. The Summer 2012 Internship season is upon us, and we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to our spring interns and thank them for their incredible work over the past several months.

JENELLE HOFFMAN (LinkedIn)
[EBies Intern] A California native, studying Sustainability Management as a Graduate Student at Columbia University.
I loved working this semester as the EBies Intern for this new and exciting competition!  I learned a lot about how sustainability initiatives can be implemented into existing buildings in order to improve our global carbon footprint.  One of the greatest perks of being an intern is being able to go to all the events and presentations by some of NYCs most forward thinking revolutionaries in the sustainable building sphere.  When I graduate from Columbia in December, I hope to find a job as a Sustainability Consultant either here in NY, or back home in San Francisco.

JAMIE KLEINBERG
[Research Intern] Recent graduate from Tufts University with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering.
As an intern at Urban Green Council, I’ve had the chance to learn about all of the amazing strides that New York City leaders have taken to create a sustainable urban environment. There have been so many opportunities to attend courses and events, with great speakers at the forefronts of their fields. My favorite part about working here has been all of the laughs, advice, and life-talks with the other interns and the rest of my coworkers. After this internship, I hope pursue a career in sustainable development, chemical engineering, or some fusion of the two!

ANDY LETWIN (LinkedIn)
[Programs Intern] B.A. Political Science from Skidmore College, focus on environmental studies and sustainable development.
As someone who is passionate about green buildings and sustainable development, my favorite aspect of this internship has been the networking opportunities. I have met so many wonderful people in a variety of fields. I have also enjoyed working with my great co-workers over the course of my time here.

With the internship winding down, I am shipping off to Vietnam for four months where I plan to teach English and travel. Upon my return, I hope to find full-time employment in the sustainability field!

HANAA ROHMAN
[GPRO Intern]
A recent graduate of Princeton University with a degree in architecture and certificate in urban studies.
I’ve met and worked with a lot of amazing people during my time at Urban Green Council. This is what I value the most, as many of the issues we’re confronting could not be tackled without the passion and dedication of those involved. Among my favorite moments were interacting with industry professionals at our GPRO courses and attending many of Urban Green’s programs—both of which left me constantly thinking of the interactions between environment and design, especially in the context of the city. I’m very excited about all of the inspiring discussions I’ve had here and hope to continue developing these ideas in graduate school, where I’ll be pursuing a Master’s in Architecture.

CHARLOTTE STANLEY
[GPRO Intern] A California native and UCLA graduate with a BS in environmental science and environmental engineering.
I’ve had a great experience interning at Urban Green Council these past few months. I’ve learned a lot about green building practices from working on the GPRO Fundamentals and Electrical Systems curriculums. The best part of the internship was attending the Urban Green Council events (and eating the delicious food at those events!) with my coworkers. While I don’t know where my next move will take me, I know I’ll welcome any opportunities to show my commitment to a more sustainable future.


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