Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Matt Petersen as the City's first ever Chief Sustainability Officer. Petersen will be responsible for developing environmental initiatives across all city departments to create healthier neighborhoods with cleaner air and water. He will also play a key role in achieving Mayor Garcetti's goal of creating 20,000 new green jobs in L.A. and reducing energy use and related costs in city government.
"Matt Petersen is one of the nation's leading environmental champions and clean energy advocates, and I am proud to have him lead my citywide effort to make every neighborhood healthier, create green jobs, and hold every city department responsible for cleaner air and water," said Mayor Garcetti. "Matt has long been an innovator in working with the business and environmental communities to create more energy efficient and sustainable neighborhoods and cities, including right here in Los Angeles."
As President and CEO of Global Green USA since 1994, Petersen has built one of the country’s leading environmental organizations. Petersen has been a pioneer in the greening of schools, affordable housing, and cities, while advancing the market for solar energy, green buildings, and fuel efficient cars. In 2008, TIME Magazine recognized Petersen and Global Green's leadership in helping New Orleans rebuild a more resilient and greener community after Hurricane Katrina. Petersen has been touted a "green all star" by Outside Magazine, is an advisor on energy and the environment to the Clinton Global Initiative, and in May 2008 was appointed by the Sir Edmund Hillary Institute in New Zealand as the Inaugural Hillary Fellow.
"I'm excited and honored to join Mayor Garcetti's team and to help lead his efforts to create a more sustainable city and improve the quality of life for all L.A. residents," Petersen said. "Cities are on the front lines of solutions to climate change and creating a clean energy economy, and I look forward to bringing my passion and experience to help Mayor Garcetti create a vibrant and greener City of Los Angeles."