JP resident appointed commissioner of the City’s Environment Department

Carl Spector, a Jamaica Plain resident, was recently appointed commissioner of the Environment Department for the City of Boston, according to a press release.

Spector joined other leaders from the City and around the globe in Paris at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP21), where Boston was a C40 Cities Award finalist for its community engagement work for Greenovate Boston.

“Carl brings a tremendous amount of experience and dedication to further our work in preparing Boston for the effects of climate change and making sure we’re leading by example,” said Mayor Martin Walsh, according to the press release. “Boston is fortunate to have a pioneer like Carl representing the City.”

Spector will serve in the Environment, Energy, and Open Space Cabinet under the guidance of Chief Austin Blackmon.

“I am honored by the opportunity that Mayor Walsh and Chief Blackmon have given me to continue the advancement of Boston’s acclaimed programs in climate, energy, environmental protection, and historic preservation,” said Spector, according to the press release. “I look forward to working with all members of the Boston community in these vital areas.”

Spector has most recently served as director of climate and environmental planning in the City’s Environment Department, where he has served for over a decade. He led the development and implementation of climate mitigation plans, starting with the City’s first climate action plan in 2007.

Prior to his time working with the City, Spector worked in the federal government, including at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Spector currently lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife Marilu and their son Jonah.

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