Ed Pinero, Secretary

Edwin Pinero is the Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Veolia Water, North America.  Mr. Piñero has nearly 30 years of experience in earth and environmental sciences, and implementation of sustainable practices.  In 2004, he was appointed by the President to serve as the White House Federal Environmental Executive, responsible to develop national policy on, and promote and implement, sustainability throughout the Federal government. Prior this appointment, Mr. Piñero was the President of Piñero Consulting, specializing in environmental management and performance services. Additionally, he has served as the Director for the Bureau of Environmental Sustainability at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which included the Governor’s Green Government Council, promoting the greening of the state government. Mr. Piñero also served as the Pennsylvania State Energy Director. He has been actively involved in promoting the nexus between sustainability and education, as has been part of the go Green Initiative effort since 2004.  Mr. Piñero has taught environmental courses as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University.  He has a B.S. in Geology from the State University of New York, and an M.S. in Geology from Texas A&M University.

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