Jerry Tinianow

City and County of Denver


As Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Tinianow works to ensure that critical natural and human resources are available and affordable to everyone in Denver, now and tomorrow. His office coordinates achievement of the City’s ambitious 2020 Sustainability Goals. He is also one of three Americans on the Global Executive Committee of the international organization ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.

Under Jerry’s leadership, Denver became the fifth U.S. city certified at the Platinum Level of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities program. During his tenure, Denver was also included in the “A List” of top-performing cities by the international climate change reporting organization CDP. Only seven percent of the 625 cities worldwide that report through CDP make the A-List.

Jerry previously served as a national officer of both the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society and directed the Center for Energy and Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The Sierra Club designated him a national “Environmental Hero” during its centennial celebration. Prior to his sustainability career, Jerry was a partner and commercial trial attorney with two of Ohio’s largest law firms.

Jerry received his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University. He was named as the 2018 winner of the Wirth Chair Sustainability Award given by the University of Colorado.