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Martin Chavez, Executive Director of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, USA

Martin Chavez is the Executive Director of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability –USA. ICLEI is a non-profit international organization of local governments with over 1,200 members around the world dedicated to sustainability and environmental initiative through local governments. ICLEI – USA has over 600 members and has offices in seven cities with the executive offices based in Washington, D.C.

Chavez joined ICLEI – USA after leaving office as Mayor of Albuquerque in December of 2009. During his twelve year tenure as mayor, Albuquerque received first place for the United States Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award (2007), the EPA Climate Protection Award (2008), the World Leadership Award in London for water conservation and was recognized by Forbes Magazine as the Best City in America for Jobs or a Career (2007). Chavez received the Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year Award from the Association of Energy Engineers in 2008, and was one of 4 mayors nationally to serve on Newsweek’s Green Advisory Board. He served as a Trustee for the United States Conference of Mayors, Chair of the Urban Water Task Force and Co-Chair of the Climate Change Task Force.

As a five-year New Mexico State Senator, Chavez chaired the Senate Rules Committee and sponsored and passed workers’ compensation reform and the New Mexico Forest Relief Act which has planted millions of trees across New Mexico and for which Chavez received national recognition. He is a founding member of Tree New Mexico.

In 2006, Chavez founded the Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science at the University of New Mexico (AIMS), a charter high school focused on math and science. AIMS graduated its first senior class in 2009 and for the first time in New Mexico history, all 26 graduates were accepted into and attended college the following year.

Chavez has presented at sustainability forums around the world including China, the World Mayor’s Climate Conference in Hamburg, Germany, and Mexico. He was the only U.S. mayor invited to participate in the “Citoyens de la Terre” – The Paris Conference for Global Ecological Governance hosted by the national government of France. Martin Chavez presented at COP 15 this last year at the request of the White House and most recently testified before the UN Conference on Climate Change in May, 2010 in Bonn, Germany. Chavez received his Bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico and his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.


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