Russell Unger is the Executive Director of the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC New York).
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.
four years at the City Council
drafted and led negotiations on many environmental laws, including the City's
green building law (Local Law 86) and the environmental purchasing laws he
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