Orlando’s Sustainability & Resilience Director, Chris Castro, Discusses with Energy Central His 2021 Four Gen Award from Leaders in Energy- [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Interview]
- Feb 14, 2022 2:07 pm GMT
When Chris Castro, 32, was brought on to help the city of Orlando become a sustainable, green, climate resilient city eight years ago, some might have considered it an unenviable job. Orlando, probably the U.S.’s tourism hotspot of the southeast, sat far from the table of climate-minded cities. With a powerful tourism industry and a state government infamous for its climate change deniers, getting Orlando to place considered “climate resilient” appeared similar to submitting Everest.
However, as Castro says, the stakes were too high to do nothing. Florida is one of the most vulnerable states when talking about the potential perils of climate disaster: sea level rise, more extreme weather events like hurricanes. Castro, initially brought on to advise longtime mayor Buddy Dyer, now sits as the Director of the Office of Sustainability and Resilience, an office he grew from a shop of 1 to a shop of 12. Similarly, Orlando, once not in the conversation, was recently ranked among the top 25 cities in the country in the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy city scorecard and has been called the greenest city in the southeast.
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