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Jerry Tinianow


Western Urban Sustainability

Jerry is the founder of Western Urban sustainability. Prior to this position, He was the first Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.  He worked to ensure that critical natural and human resources were available and affordable to everyone in Denver, then and later. His office coordinated achievement of the City’s ambitious 2020 Sustainability Goals. He was also one of two Americans on the 21-member Global Executive Committee of the international organization ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.

Jerry also 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. At GW he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, represented the university as a state finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship competition, and served on the law review. He was recently named as the 2018 winner of the Wirth Chair Sustainability Award given by the University of Colorado.

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