2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference

The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
July 10, 2019
Registration Open

Adam Ortiz, Director, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment

Adam Ortiz, Director, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment

As Director for the Department of the Environment for Prince George’s County, MD, Adam heads a 300 person, $160M agency dedicated to recycling, composting, clean water, renewable energy and humane animal care. Since his assignment in October 2012, the County moved from 11th to 1st in the State for waste diversion, including producing an award-winning food scrap composting program that has been recognized by The Washington Post. He launched an innovative public-private partnership stormwater retrofit program that is restoring local streams while creating green jobs, an effort recognized by the Aspen Institute, Governing Magazine, the Clinton Global Initiative and The White House.

Previously, Adam served three terms as Mayor of Edmonston, Maryland, a diverse, working-class town outside of Washington, D.C. His accomplishments included a 70% drop in crime, the end of devastating flooding, and building the east coast’s greenest street. The Edmonston Green Street is a model of sustainability utilizing natural bioretention for polluted stormwater in an urban setting, high efficiency LED streetlights powered by wind energy, native plants and trees, improved bike and pedestrian safety, with more than 60% local minority contracting, and has received recognition as a Champion of Change by The White House and a Bright Idea Award from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, among other organizations.

Before his government service, Adam worked as a Soros Justice Fellow to abolish the death penalty for juveniles, culminating in the landmark 5-4 United States Supreme Court decision, Roper v. Simmons. He was also Deputy Director for Amnesty International's Midwest Office (2000-2002) working to abolish the death penalty, police brutality, prison conditions, fairness for asylum seekers and release of prisoners of conscience.