DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of Jerome “Jerry” Tinianow to become Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Building on the achievements of Greenprint Denver, Tinianow and a new Office of Sustainability will continue the City’s bold environmental programs, with a broadened mission to also include economic and social sustainability.
“I’m thrilled that someone of Jerry’s caliber will be joining our team,” Mayor Hancock said. “He brings a wealth of experience, strong leadership and forward-thinking, innovative ideas. We’ll need all of his skills to help us elevate the role sustainability plays in our city. While Denver already is recognized as a national leader in sustainability, Jerry will lead us forward in becoming a 21st Century, world-class city.”
In addition to leading Greenprint Denver, Tinianow will oversee Denver Seeds, the Mayor’s newest sustainability initiative. He will work closely with the City’s Office of Economic Development to build sustainable economic growth and job creation for Denver’s neighborhoods.
He will partner with the Department of Finance and Peak Performance to ensure Denver becomes fiscally sustainable, and with Denver’s diverse neighborhoods, communities and social organizations to create a more livable Denver. He will begin on July 30.
“I’m honored to lead this new office and carry out Mayor Hancock’s vision of making sustainability more than a program but a value within everything we do,” Tinianow said. “We will take Denver’s current initiatives to the next level of success and drive new innovative ways to make Denver a model for sustainability.”
Tinianow is currently Director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Center for Energy and Environment. In this capacity, he created Ohio’s largest balanced growth planning project and one of the nation’s first regional-level climate change adaptation projects.
He also created the country’s first “agrarian urbanist overlay” project, which is developing a local food system within a low income neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. This project was an outgrowth of the nation’s first regional food system assessment and plan, which Tinianow developed. The plan was awarded the National Association of Development Organizations’ Trailblazer Award for innovation in 2010.
Prior to his work at the Center for Energy and Environment, Tinianow served as Vice President and Ohio Executive Director of the National Audubon Society. An attorney by trade with a focus on complex commercial litigation, he was a partner in the Ohio firms Dinsmore & Shohl and Hahn Loeser & Parks, working in offices in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
Tinianow earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Juris Doctor from George Washington University.