Laurie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, is the Director of Policy at the Urban Green Council, where she advises New York City on achieving 80% carbon reductions by 2050. As the Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, Laurie helped develop the influential PlaNYC and spearheaded development of the first comprehensive policies by any jurisdiction to address energy efficiency in existing buildings. She also conceived and launched the City Energy Project, which is assisting ten major American cities in developing large-scale efficiency policies like New York’s. A national leader in urban sustainability, Laurie holds degrees in Engineering, Applied Physics, and Architecture from Yale, Cornell, and Harvard, respectively. She was awarded the AIANY’s Public Architect Award and her writing appears in the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Architecture Magazine.