Jerry Tinianow is the proprietor of Western Urban Sustainability Advisors, LLC. WestUrb assists local governments in creating or improving sustainability programs. It also works with vendors that want to sell products or services to such programs, and interest groups that want to improve local sustainability policies.
Jerry’s work at WestUrb reflects the successes he achieved as Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer (2012-19). Under his leadership Denver became the fifth U.S. city certified at the Platinum Level of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities program. During his tenure Denver was also included in the “A List” of top-performing cities in climate change reporting and action by the international climate change organization CDP. Denver was also ranked by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy as eighth among U.S. cities on community energy efficiency. Only two U.S. cities - Denver and Washington - achieved LEED Platinum, CDP A List and ACEEE top ten concurrently.
Jerry previously served as a national officer of both the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society, and directed the Center for Energy and Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The Sierra Club designated him a national “Environmental Hero” during its centennial celebration. Prior to his sustainability career Jerry was a partner and commercial trial attorney with two of Ohio’s largest law firms.
Jerry received his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University. He was named as the 2018 winner of the Wirth Chair Sustainability Award given by the University of Colorado.