Buz Paaswell and Michael Bobker, co-founders of BPL.

Buz Paaswell and Michael Bobker, co-founders of BPL.

It’s hard to believe, but this fall BPL turned ten. After founding the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems in 2000, Buz Paaswell teamed up with Michael Bobker in 2004 to plan a conference at CCNY on sustainability. The success of that conference led to the idea for a cross-CUNY lab that focuses on applying the principles of conservation to the urban landscape — and BPL was born.

When we began in the fall of 2016, PlaNYC 2030 had yet to be announced — a decade later, the City has surpassed its original carbon-reduction goals, and is now aiming to reduce GHG emissions by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. We are proud to have worked closely with City agencies and private property management firms to help this change come about — through policy advocacy, benchmarking assistance, sustainability training for facility staff, and energy research and analysis.

Now housed at both the School of Professional Studies and CCNY, BPL has more than 12 staff people and more than 25 interns this semester alone.

Current & former staff & interns.

Current & former staff & interns.

On Thursday, Nov. 3rd, more than 75 people came to the anniversary celebration at Colors Restaurant — collaborators, supporters, and many current and former staff members and interns, many of whom we squeezed into a big group photo. And above the festivities there happened to be a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that perfectly encapsulates our mission:

“Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one’s world.”

Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way.

More photos of the party in the Facebook album.

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