Joel Roriguez, Sustainability Education Manager

Joel is a skilled sustainability professional with over eighteen years of experience in program development and management, environmental education, and community engagement in the nonprofit sector. He has developed dynamic programming for schools and diverse community stakeholders rooted in the principles of sustainability. In his past role as Director of Environmental Education at the City Parks Foundation, he oversaw the creation, implementation and expansion of school day, afterschool, and summer enrichment programs across all 5 boroughs of New York City, with a particular focus on underserved communities. He continues to serve as the Sustainability Coordinator and member of the Zoning Board for his hometown of Elmsford, where he guides sustainability initiatives and represents the village on the Bronx River and Saw Mill Watershed Advisory Boards.  He also consults as a subject matter expert on several projects in the Catskills that are focused on permaculture and climate change resiliency. In his free time, Joel enjoys studying invertebrates, both terrestrial and aquatic, fungi, fossils, and has a special interest in waste reduction, upcycling/repurposing and food security. Joel holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University at Buffalo, a graduate certificate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, as well as a graduate certificate in Climate Change and Sustainability and a M.A. in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida.