Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer
Orange County, Florida
Carrie Black is the Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer for Orange County, Florida, the fifth most populous county in the state. In this role, she spearheads transformative initiatives, such as operational decarbonization ranging from designing and constructing high-performing green buildings to transportation electrification. Prior to Orange County, Carrie worked in sustainability in higher-education and nonprofits. Most recently she was the Sustainability Director at Valencia College, where she led impactful projects like a pioneering food waste diversion program, major energy efficiency improvements, and securing a substantial renewable energy grant. Carrie holds a Master of Science in Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, snorkeling, and visiting US national parks, as she attempts to visit all 63.