Russell Unger


An attorney by training, Russell Unger has led Urban Green Council (USGBC New York) since 2007, building and guiding the organization into a national leader on advocacy, education, and other major initiatives for the green building movement. He has been repeatedly tapped by the City of New York to lead blue ribbon commissions – the Green Codes Task Force in 2008-2010 and recently the Building Resilience Task Force. Under his leadership, Urban Green has launched a number of new programs and initiatives, including GPRO and the EBie Awards, and released major research studies.

Prior to his work at Urban Green, Russell spent five years at the New York City Council and Mayor’s Office drafting and leading negotiations on major environmental laws.