Chris Castro

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Brookings Metro

Chris Castro serves as the Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, and ‘Future-Ready’ steering committee member at the City of Orlando—developing a comprehensive set of policies & programs that has turned Orlando into one of the leading cities in America accelerating sustainability, resiliency, and climate action. Castro is best known for his entrepreneurial efforts prior to coming to the city, including co-founder and President of the global sustainability nonprofit, IDEAS For Us, a clean energy consulting firm Citizen Energy, and a renowned urban farming social enterprise Fleet Farming 

In 2020, Castro also joined partners to launch ‘Climate First Bank’, the first B-Corp community bank in Florida working to advance ESG and local sustainable investing. Outside of work, Castro serves on many nonprofit and academic boards, including the UCF Energy Research Center, US Green Building Council of Florida, Project Greenschools, and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. In December 2018, Castro starred in the National Geographic documentary on climate change called “Paris to Pittsburgh” to share the Orlando journey on climate action to millions of people around the World. 

  • Current Positions

    • Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer
    • Director of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando
    • 'Future-Ready' steering committee member, City of Orlando
  • Past Positions

    • Co-founder and President of the global sustainability nonprofit, IDEAS For Us