Aaron Ordower

Aaron Ordower


Aaron Ordower is the Coordinator of the Green Housing Preservation Program at the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development. This innovative program provides no- and low-interest financing to carry out energy efficiency and water conservation measures in small and medium size buildings in exchange for an affordability covenant. The program is an effort to reach Mayor de Blasio's goals of producing and preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York City by 80% by 2050. He believes that smarter urban development requires harmonizing economic development with environmental protection in order to slow the impacts of global climate change. Aaron worked for five years at the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, where he focused on the Sustainable Development investment lending program for Latin America. He supported the implementation of projects in urban development, disaster risk management, transportation, water and sanitation, natural resource management, and energy. He is interested in ways these diverse sectors complement and impact one another and how lessons from the global south can be applied to American cities. Aaron has also worked on urban sustainability, economic development and affordable housing at the New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability, Enterprise Community Partners and HR & Advisors. Aaron completed his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he focused on Urban Sustainability and Real Estate Development. At UCLA, he worked on two California Air Resource Board-financed studies evaluating economic impacts of Smart Growth and Transit-Oriented Development. Aaron received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Latin American Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Coordinator, Green Housing Preservation Program
NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Architecture & Urban Planning
Energy & Climate Change
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
829 9th Ave #5C
New York, NY 10019
(310) 699-6944

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