Chris Castro

Chris is an emerging social “eco-preneur”, community organizer, and sustainability professional with a passion for accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy.

He’s currently the senior adviser for Mayor Buddy Dyer and the City of Orlando, developing policies and programs to support the sustainability, energy & climate-related goals of the Green Works Orlando municipal and community action plans.

In 2008, Chris co-founded IDEAS For Us, an international 501c3 nonprofit & UN-accredited NGO, building a global community of leaders working to advance local environmental solutions to global challenges. In 2012, Chris also partnered with professionals to create a clean energy consulting firm – Citizen Energy – that is providing energy services and implementation of energy efficiency + renewable energy solutions in commercial buildings in Washington DC Metro area.

Chris has held sustainability & energy-related positions with University of Central Florida, Orange County Government, and the US Department of Energy. He’s been awarded a Delegate for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Clinton Global Initiative, selected as a ‘Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum, and is the co-founder and chairman of Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (FGCC), the first state-wide business chamber aimed at creating environmentally-friendly, sustainable business practices & policies.

In addition, Chris is a public speaker and has been recognized for his effort as a emerging environmental leader; including the prestigious IAMECO Warrior designation, formal recognition from President Bill Clinton, and ‘Champions of Change’ honorable mention from the White House & Obama Administration. Most recently, Chris gave an inspiring TEDx Talk in October 2012 on Biomimicry; he spoken at the United Nations HQ & the UN Rio+20 Summit; and was a keynote speaker at the 2013 NASA KSC Innovation Expo, and 2013 International Economics Congress in Berlin, Germany.