Feb 17, 2021, 1 pm CST
This free, one hour webinar features Christopher Castro, director of sustainability & resilience for the City of Orlando. Chris will describe his department’s seven focus areas and corresponding goals: transitioning the electric grid to 100 percent clean energy; creating a market for high-performance, green building development in commercial and residential sectors; building a local food economy that embraces urban agriculture; transforming to a zero-waste future; enhancing livability with natural systems and ecology; developing programs around water quality; and reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles through the implementation of multimodal transportation solutions.
Chris is a renowned public official, sustainability professional, clean energy enthusiast, and eco-entrepreneur with a passion for advancing smart, resilient, and sustainable cities in balance with nature. In his current position since 2014, he has served as a senior advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and “Future-Ready” steering committee member at the City of Orlando — developing policies, programs, and partnerships that have turned Orlando into one of the leading cities in America accelerating sustainability, resiliency and climate action. Chris is also known for his entrepreneurial efforts prior to coming to the City, including co-founding a global sustainability nonprofit, IDEAS For Us, as well as a clean energy consulting firm, Citizen Energy, and a renowned urban farming social enterprise, Fleet Farming. In 2020, Chris also joined partners to launch Climate First Bank, the first B-Corp community bank in Florida working to advance ESG and local sustainable investing. Outside of work, Chris serves on many nonprofit and academic boards, including the UCF Energy Research Center, US Green Building Council of Florida, Project Greenschools, and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. In December 2018, Chris was featured in a National Geographic documentary on climate change called “Paris to Pittsburgh.”