Carter H. Strickland, Jr.


Carter is an advisor for Closed Loop Partners’ work in organics circularity.

He has over 25 years of experience in the environmental field in a variety of applications, from regulatory and litigation work to program and policy development. He currently serves as VP, Mid-Atlantic Region for the Trust for Public Land, where his team works with communities to protect land, create parks and greenways, and build green infrastructure, and where he advocates for natural climate solution policies and funding.

Carter previously served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the largest municipally-owned water agency in the country, developed the country’s largest green infrastructure program, launched a pilot to process food waste at the utility’s anaerobic digesters, led the response to Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy, developed resiliency, water efficiency, clear air, solid waste and sustainability strategies and policies, and implemented capital programs. Earlier in his career, he served as a sustainability advisor to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an environmental litigator and professor at Rutgers Law School, an Assistant New York Attorney General, and a board member of several environmental organizations in New York City.

Carter also helps develop the next generation of sustainability leaders through teaching graduate students about environmental infrastructure for sustainable cities at Columbia University’s Earth Institute (Master’s in Sustainability Management) and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy (Master’s in Public Policy).

Carter is an avid hiker, skier, gardener and paddler in the Hudson Valley on a regular basis, and in more far-flung destinations whenever he can. He is a resident of Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and raised his two children.


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