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Join us for an informative presentation by club member Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience and Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. Chris will discuss Establishing an Electric Vehicle Readiness code for the City of Orlando.
The Orlando Planning Staff is proposing an electric vehicle (EV) readiness code that requires a portion of parking spaces in new construction to make provisions for current and future EV charging needs.
This would require new developments, enlargements of commercial, commercial multifamily, and industrial properties to:
- Allocate 2% of parking spaces to be equipped with EV charging stations.
- Allocate 20% of parking spaces to be “EV-Capable,” with conduit and dedicated capacity in the electrical panel.
Chris will also cover the City's e-Mobility plan and other EV initiatives.
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About Chris Castro
Chris is an award-winning sustainability professional, clean energy enthusiast, and eco-entrepreneur with a passion for advancing smart, resilient, and sustainable cities in balance with nature.
Since 2014, Chris serves as the Director of Sustainability & Resilience for the City of Orlando and Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. In addition, he is on the 'Future-Ready' steering committee that develops comprehensive policies and programs that advance the City's sustainability, climate action, and smart city goals.
Chris is best known for his entrepreneurial efforts prior to coming to the City, including co-founder and President of IDEAS For Us, a global UN-accredited 501(c)3 nonprofit working to incubate and fund innovative projects that advance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2012, Chris started a clean-energy consulting and development firm called Citizen Energy in Washington DC. In 2013, he co-created "Fleet Farming." The renowned urban farming social enterprise redefines local food systems by building organic farms on homeowner lawns, schools, and underutilized land throughout neighborhoods and communities.
In 2020, Chris became a partner to launch 'Climate First Bank,' the first B-Corp, values-based community bank in Florida. It works to advance Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and local sustainable investing -- opening June 2021.
Chris sits on nearly a dozen nonprofit and academic boards outside of work, including the Florida Solar Energy Center, U.S. Green Building Council of Florida, Project Greenschools, and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. He has previously held sustainability positions with the University of Central Florida, Orange County Government, and the U.S. Department of Energy.