Austin Blackmon is Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. His Cabinet is comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, and the Parks and Recreation Department. Mr. Blackmon serves as the Mayor’s appointee to the boards of the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA), Boston Groundwater Trust, Boston Harbor Now, and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. Mr. Blackmon also represents the City on the Green Ribbon Commission, the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act’s Implementation Advisory Committee and the State’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council.
In his role, Mr. Blackmon oversees policy and programs on Energy, Climate Change, Sustainability, Building Safety, Historic Preservation and Open Space, including Climate Ready Boston, the Building Energy Reporting & Disclosure Ordinance, Rental Registry and Greenovate Boston, the city’s community outreach initiative on sustainability. Mr. Blackmon is currently leading efforts to implement Boston’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
Prior to his appointment with the City, Mr. Blackmon served as Interim Head of Project Finance at Terraverde Renewable Partners, a clean energy consulting firm focused on helping cities, school districts and companies implement solar projects and energy efficiency retrofits. His experience also includes positions at C12 Energy, Wells Fargo Securities' Energy Group and Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategy and Organization consulting practice. He also advised US Renewables Group by evaluating potential investments in waste recovery solutions.
Mr. Blackmon is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.