Nov. 15, 2017 – An experienced sustainability professional with corporate and government contract experience has been selected to lead the Village of Oak Park’s municipal environmental programs.
Marynda “Mindy” Agnew, an Oak Park resident, was selected from a field of more than 50 applicants to be Sustainability Coordinator. She assumed the role at Village Hall this week.
“I am pleased to welcome Mindy to the Village team,” said Village Manager Cara Pavlicek. “In addition to formal training in sustainability disciplines, she also brings a wide range of hands-on experience with local programs such as implementing zero-waste strategies in the local public schools and our green block party initiative.”
Agnew, who has a background in business finance, sustainable community development, government operations, environmental science and conservation, was part of the initial group that procured grant funding for resource reduction, composting and zero waste strategies in District 97 schools. She also worked with key community stakeholders and the Village to launch Oak Park's CompostAble composting program.
“Leading our community’s efforts to embrace environmental sustainability has long been a personal mission of mine,” Agnew said. “To be able to assume a leadership role in an official capacity is an incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the Village Board, Village staff and members of the community to articulate and implement programs that will help make Oak Park greener and even more environmentally sustainable.”
Agnew earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elmhurst College and studied graduate-level sustainable management at the University of Wisconsin. She also is a graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School.
In addition to working with local groups and organizations, Agnew has most recently been under contract with the Village to provide green block party and event coordination. Her role also included working to expand and improve recycling and zero waste processing strategies that have helped make Oak Park a model for other municipalities.
In her role as Sustainability Coordinator, Agnew’s first task will be implementation of the single-use bag ban set to begin in Oak Park on January 1. Her duties also will include overseeing the community choice electricity aggregation program, identifying project funding opportunities, executing strategies that help achieve the Village’s sustainability objectives and working closely with the citizen volunteers on the Environment & Energy Commission.
Sustainability Coordinator Mindy Agnew