Palm Springs Hires Lindsey-Paige McCloy as Director of Sustainability
Palm Springs has hired a new director of sustainability who has spent the past few years working in sustainability in two of the nation’s largest cities.
Lindsey-Paige McCloy is expected to take office on August 1, according to a city press release. For the past year, McCloy, who goes by “LP,” has been the Program Director of the Pilot Project Team at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, a nonprofit organization that promotes business development aimed at improve environmental sustainability.
McCloy leads a team that identifies, designs, implements and evaluates clean technology pilot projects in Los Angeles County. She also works with startups, cities, and other partners on “green economy” projects in the Los Angeles area.
Before moving to California last year, McCloy spent seven years in the New York City Mayor’s office under Bill de Blasio’s administration, working in the Office of Sustainability and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.
Among the projects she worked on was the design and management of an emergency call center operation with over 150 staff to support the distribution of 74,000 free air conditioners to vulnerable elderly people charged with staying home during COVID-19, Palm Springs said.
McCloy also participated in updating OneNYC, the citywide strategic plan for sustainability, resilience and equity. It also implemented two executive orders to phase out the city’s purchase and sale of single-use plastic beverage bottles and the purchase of single-use plastic tableware.
Prior to her tenure in city government, McCloy was a research and design engineer for the New York Power Authority. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Energy from Princeton University.
“The city has made great strides in addressing the climate crisis, and I’m excited to work with the team and with Palm Springs residents and visitors to continue efforts toward a just, inclusive, and carbon-neutral future. “, she said in “I love the collaboration, learning, innovation and action that happens in municipal governments, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Palm Springs City Manager Justin Clifton said McCloy has “a unique skill set that will help us significantly expand our work on sustainability and implementing our climate action plan.” .
The Climate Action Plan, developed in 2013, is a plan of actions the city can take to eliminate its carbon emissions.
McCloy’s duties will include implementing the citywide sustainability master plan, serving as the public contact for issues related to sustainable practices in city operations and programs, and providing and facilitating efforts to sustainability among the city, businesses, residents and regional partners.
The annual salary range listed for the position by the city was $95,616 to $128,616.
The city’s former director of sustainability, Patrick Tallarico, left that position earlier this year for a position with environmental public policy firm Council Oak.
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