About WestUrb

Meet the proprietor

Jerry Tinianow

Jerry Tinianow is the proprietor of WestUrb. He is an award-winning sustainability professional who draws expertise from multiple disciplines. He recently served for seven years as the first Chief Sustainability Officer of the City and County of Denver, Colorado. He worked with all of its departments (over 13,000 employees) to produce sustainability success stories at scale. He previously worked at the regional level, directing the Office of Energy and Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). In addition to urban and regional sustainability, he worked in wildlife and habitat conservation as the Ohio executive director of the National Audubon Society. An attorney by training, Jerry practiced commercial trial law for over 20 years with two large law firms in which he was a partner.

Jerry Tinianow standing at a podium speaking with then-Secretary Julian Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development standing behind him
Jerry with then-Secretary Julian Castro of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at the dedication of of a solar power installation at a housing project in Denver.


Jerry's career has included these highlights:

Leadership & Recognition

Jerry was the 2018 winner of the Wirth Chair Sustainability Award of the University of Colorado, which gave him the award “in recognition of his tireless work on Denver’s 80×50 Climate Action Plan.” He was also named a national “Environmental Hero” by the Sierra Club during its centennial celebration.

Jerry has been a sustainability leader at all levels of the community, including national and international. He chaired the Federal Issues Committee of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, which has over 200 member cities and counties in the U.S. and Canada. He also served as one of three Americans on the Global Executive Committee of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. ICLEI’s membership includes over 1,500 local governments worldwide. Jerry served on the working group appointed by the U.S. Green Building Council to refine the latest version of its LEED for Cities and Communities program. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Managing For Sustainability program at the University of Colorado (Denver) business school.

Jerry Tinianow shaking hands with former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Colorado Senator Tim Wirth standing next to them
Jerry with former Secretary of State John Kerry (keynote speaker) and former Colorado Senator
Tim Wirth at the Wirth Chair Sustainability Award presentation luncheon

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