The climate is changing, that fact is undeniable. What we do about it, is highly reliant on politics — it is what it is. In 2020, the political elephant in the room at home in the US has been the Presidential election. Environmentalists and energy professionals everywhere have been holding their breath for the past 4 years, wondering how the President’s environmental agenda, or lack thereof, would have lasting impacts on the planet and its people. The Trump administration’s climate action has been defined by rolling back environmental protections and dismantling, or at least not progressing incentives for transitioning the…


New York City climate laws are among nation-leading policy and worth getting to know for anyone interested in the building sector or climate action solutions. City Council has been busy at work creating legislative drivers to reduce emissions from the building sector, which account for roughly ¾ of the City’s greenhouse emissions. Many building owners have a good understanding of what is required of them and are now figuring out how to go about it.

In this blog, I’ll outline some strategies for approaching this complex problem. This is the second part of a two-part blog. …


So, you’ve heard about NYC’s Infamous LL97, but you’re not sure how to comply? In this 2-part blog, I will provide some insight into the bigger picture, how to understand just how much work your building needs to meet compliance, and provide a few updates. In part 2 I’ll break down how to start taking action in digestible steps. In both, I’ll touch on a couple of other laws that are worth noting.

Energy used in buildings account for more than 2/3 of NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions

If you have been following New York City climate action at all, you’ve…


Climate Week is like the holiday season for those of us who work in climate change-related fields. Annually, in September, environmental enthusiasts and leaders in climate change from around the world gather in New York City to attend the event — a mini climate conference — that is open to the public.

In parallel with the main event, which is hosted by the Climate Group, side events pop up all over the City to unite attendees through education and networking. Like many things this year, Climate Week 2020, which occurred last week, looked different in that everything was virtual, and…


(originally published on November 06, 2017)

“Through superior stewardship, our facilities foster a collaborative and inclusive workplace. By prioritizing the planet, we will continue to inspire our community to strive for the highest level of environmental standards and a sustainable future.”

-NRDC Facilities Team Mission Statement

The term ‘sustainability’ gained prevalence in the late 60’s and early 70’s. One example of an early source of the emerging term was within the Economist’s “A Blueprint for Survival.” Calling for the need for a sustainable paradigm, the journal raised issues of the depletion of natural resources and disruptions of natural systems of…


(originally published on September 22, 2017)

Last month’s issue of Marie Claire features the newest big name in fashion: sustainability. The magazine’s August 2017 issue highlights fashion designers and brands that incorporate sustainable practices into their operations, as well as some sage advice from eco-conscious leaders around the world. Marie Claire, a partner of NRDC and its Clean by Design initiative, is one of many companies currently underscoring the importance of sustainability in fashioning a better future for the planet.

While environmental stewardship was once sidestepped as the responsibility of governments and non-profits, a growing number of business leaders across…


Four years ago, with the renovation of our Chicago office, NRDC was ready to rise to the next level of environmental and human well-being. When setting the ground rules for the project, three bold words were laid out on the table: “Living Building Challenge.” Eyes darted around the room as the phrase was met with looks of enthusiasm, confusion and blankness. A few years and many facial expressions later we are able to say that with three projects, two of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s seven offices are certified under the Living Building Challenge (LBC).

Every material installed in these…

Eileen Quigley

Environmentalist, sustainability & wellness professional, yogi. Often found outdoors.

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