Graduate student Michael Casas will serve in the Academy’s first-of-its-kind position, providing his unique expertise and passion in urban and regional planning.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.–With its mission to advance systems thinking and the Triple-Bottom Line, the California Green Academy (“CalGreen”) is proud to welcome Michael Casas (pictured right) as its first Student Board Member. Following considerable deliberation, CalGreen’s Board of Directors (“Board”) unanimously approved Casas to the position on Friday, noting his significant background and career objectives in transportation and urban planning.
“Through Michael’s education, experiences, and ambitions, he genuinely embodies the mission and values of CalGreen; we are incredibly grateful for his interest in Board service, and we look forward to the many lasting contributions we know he will make,” remarked Greg Justice, Chief Sustainability Officer (CEO/ED).
Casas is currently a third-year graduate student at San Jose State University, obtaining a Masters in Urban Planning from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning–one of the nation’s top planning programs. In addition to his studies, Casas is a Graduate Student Research Assistant for the nationally recognized Mineta Transportation Institute, and current president of the University’s prestigious Urban Planning Coalition.
Immediately following his appointment, Casas stated, “I look forward to the collaborations and work in promoting systems thinking and the Triple-Bottom Line. As a graduate student at San Jose State University, I'm excited to lend my skills and expertise in forwarding CalGreen's Vision and the various programs of the institution.” Casas’ appointment to the Board is effective Friday, 04 May 2018, and will continue for one year, with the potential of reappointment for another year’s service.
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