Right on the Mark!
Mark was named by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Green Buildings Technical Working Group (TWG) – a group of 40 industry leaders charged with helping develop policies and programs to transform the city’s building stock to a 30 percent reduction in building-based emissions by 2025. The TWG is a key part of the Mayor’s pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York City by 80 percent by 2050 (based on 2005 levels).
“This is both an honor and a great opportunity,” said Mark. “My participation will help ensure the integral role our energy efficiency programs and gas growth strategy play in New York City going forward. Our goal is to help positively shape the environment for the city and our customers for the next 35 years.”
Mayor de Blasio’s report, One City: Built to Last, states buildings are responsible for 75 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
According to Mark, the TWG will:
- Focus on New York City’s Multifamily Accelerator Initiative to achieve its 30 percent reduction in building-based emissions by 2025.
- Develop metrics and interim targets to track progress, and recommend potential mandates and incentives triggered if targets are not met.
- Consider all options to improve building systems and performance, and overcome the social and market barriers in order to achieve 80 by 50.
The city he has already achieved a 19 percent reduction from 2005 levels, and is on track to reach a 30 percent reduction by 2025, five years earlier than the city’s initial goal.
Mark is currently Principal Program Manager of Vendor & Alliance Strategy in the Customer Strategy & Environmental Department based in Brooklyn. He’s also held many management positions in Customer Operations and Corporate Strategic Planning and Performance. He lives in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn in a restored (ongoing) 1870s Brownstone with his wife.