John Mauro is Auckland Council's first Chief Sustainability Officer. John and his team provide thought leadership, drive strategic direction and champion change to mainstream sustainability and resilience in the Auckland region.
The focus of the office is to unlock the potential of Auckland's low carbon transformation, build climate resilience, and lead by example through busi-ness and operational practices – from building portfolio to procurement, from fleets to financing - so all activities deliver smarter sustainability outcomes.
John and his team are currently facilitating the development of Te Taruke-a-Tawhiri: Auckland's Climate Action Plan. The integrated, inclusive and innova-tive plan has drawn input and engagement from across sector and aims to dramatically reduce emissions and dramatically increase climate resilience.
John has over 20 years of experience in climate policy, research and advocacy. He came to Auckland from Seattle, where he worked as Policy Director for a transport not-for-profit, helped deliver the US Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement and Seattle's first climate plan while in the Mayor's Office of Sus-tainability and Environment, and ran an organization dedicated to smart growth policy and advocacy.