Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced he has appointed a lawyer who created what is described as the nation’s first “agrarian urbanist overlay” project as Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer.
Jerome “Jerry” Tinianow directive is to build on the achievements of Greenprint Denver, the sustainability plan for the city, with a broadened mission to also include economic and social sustainability, according to Hancock.
“I’m thrilled that someone of Jerry’s caliber will be joining our team,” 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, Hancock’s newest sustainability initiative. Tinianow will work closely with the City’s Office of Economic Development to build sustainable economic growth and spur job creation in Denver’s neighborhoods. He also 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, he will endeavor 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 currently is 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 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.