Eric Walker has been recently named Climate and Clean Energy Strategist for Open Buffalo. Prior to this current role, he was Erie County’s first Director of Energy Development and Management. There, he worked to drive conservation and efficiency among County-owned buildings while facilitating an interdepartmental team to develop strategic initiatives that strengthen Erie County’s sustainability leadership. During his time as an “activist turned bureaucrat,” he instituted the County’s first building benchmarking program, facilitated its first solar power purchase agreement, and secured nearly $2 million in grants and incentives to support the County’s sustainability efforts.
Walker also brings over a decade worth of social justice policy advocacy, program design, implementation, and community engagement experience to the climate and energy sector. Immediately before joining Erie County, he served as the inaugural Racial Equity Fellow for the Center for Social Inclusion’s Energy Democracy project, where he used his advocacy and policy experience to help launch the NY Energy Democracy Alliance. Walker is also co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) in Buffalo, NY, where he drove its community organizing work related to residential energy efficiency, including spearheading the regional advocacy for and local implementation of Green Jobs/Green NY.
Walker continues his public service, serving on the board of directors at the Institute for Market Transformation, the advisory board of the Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement, and as a member to the Urban Sustainability Directors Network’s Equity in Energy Advisory Committee.
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