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Cecil is currently Director of Advocacy at the Urban Green Council in New York City, the largest urban chapter of the US Green Building Council. There, he advocates for a cleaner, greener built environments through codes, outreach, and education. Currently, he co-convenes the New York City Building Resiliency Task Force, considering how to best rebuild after Hurricane Sandy in order to prepare New York City for future extreme weather events. With over twenty years sustainability experience, Cecil was previously Director of Energy and Sustainability at New York University, cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in five years. NYU received AASHE STARS Gold and the highest rating of any institution in the Operations category. He also wrote NYU's Climate Action Plan and Energy and Water Design Standards for new construction, and managed the Sustainable Landscaping and Recycling Shops. Prior to NYU, he founded Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, an off-grid community of 75 residents in northeast Missouri dedicated to innovating sustainable technology and social systems, and he serves on its Board of Directors. Cecil teaches green building professional training (GPRO:O&M) through SEIU Local 32 BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Professional Engineer's license from New York State, and is a Certified Energy Manager and LEED Accredited Pr‌ofessional.

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