Russell Unger

Russell Unger

  • Carbon-Free Buildings

Russell co-leads RMI’s Building Electrification Initiative, overseeing RMI’s work in Eastern states and on the relationship between health and electrification. He also leads the Codes for Climate program and partnerships with organized labor.


Before joining RMI, Russell spent 20 years advancing environmental and social justice policy in New York. As the Founding Executive Director of Urban Green Council, he built the organization from an all-volunteer group to a national leader in green building policy, research, and education. A skilled convener, he steered two citywide commissions on green building and resiliency, resulting in over 60 significant revisions to codes. Russell previously worked at the New York City Council and Mayor’s Office on sustainability, incarceration practices, and fire safety.


JD, New York University School of Law (cum laude)

BA, McGill University (first class honors)