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Mr. Russell Unger

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Executive Director

Urban Green Council
40 Fulton Street Suite 802
New York, New York 10038
United States

Company Description: Urban Green Council currently offers LEED Technical Review Workshops, which are a full-day program intended for people preparing for the LEED Accredited...   more

Employment History


  • undergraduate degree , first class honors
    McGill University
  • law degree , cum laude
    New York University School of Law
174 Total References
Web References
The Emergence of Green Codes: A Survey and Comparison of Efforts | Urban Green Expo, 17 Dec 2014 [cached]
Russell Unger, Executive Director, Urban Green Council
Urban Green Expo |  Education Committee, 24 Nov 2014 [cached]
Russell Unger Executive Director Urban Green Council
EcoVentions USA, 12 Mar 2013 [cached]
Russell Unger is the Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC New York). Under his leadership over the last year, the chapter has expanded from one staff member to eight, and membership increased 300%.
Prior to joining USGBC New York, Russell worked in the New York City Mayor's Office of Contract Services as Assistant Director and Special Counsel for Environmental Procurement. He served on the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter from 2006 until his appointment as Executive Director in April 2007. Russell also served as Special Advisor on Sustainable Development for the New York City Council and as Legislative Counsel for three City Council committees. During his four years at the City Council, Russell drafted and led negotiations on many environmental laws, including the City's green building law (Local Law 86) and the environmental purchasing laws he later implemented. Before working at the City Council, he was as an Associate at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman. He received his law degree from New York University School of Law, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from McGill University, first class honors. In 2001, Russell was awarded the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal, the highest honor that is bestowed upon an NYU School of Law graduate. In the same year, he was awarded the President's Service Award for Leadership from New York University.
"Existing buildings are responsible for ..., 5 Oct 2012 [cached]
"Existing buildings are responsible for 75 percent of the city's greenhouse gas emissions and that also means that they're responsible for that much of the air pollution that's generated in the city," says Russell Unger, executive director of the Urban Green Council, New York City's chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
In April 2012, the city adopted the Zone Green Text Amendment which is "a series of changes to the zoning resolution, which are designed to remove impediments to green buildings," says Unger. For instance, "if a building was running up against height limitations or setback limitations, for example, that would have prevented them from installing solar panels because it was peaked above the height limitations, any of those limitations are removed," he explains. More information about various legislation and the Urban Green Council can be found on their website:
Urban Green Council executive ..., 20 Nov 2014 [cached]
Urban Green Council executive director Russell Unger applauded the "ambitious target" set by the bill.
"Now, the focus turns outlining a clear path to get us there," Unger added.
Russell Unger
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