Sustainability & Clean Energy Consultant, Citizen Energy
Chris is an emerging social eco-preneur with a passion with solving environmental problems and empowering youth to advance Sustainability and the Green Economy around the World.
Chris holds a ‘B.S. Environmental Science’ and a minor in ‘Energy & Sustainability’ degree from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Through his years as an undergrad, he co-founded an environmental movement called IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions) and through his non-profit -- IDEAS For Us -- continues to work with a network of youth leaders and green professionals across the nation and around the World to facilitate positive environmental change and sustainability. In 2012, Chris also partnered with professionals to create an energy efficiency start-up - Citizen Energy - that is helping to incorporate sustainability in the built environment and implement energy savings solutions in commercial buildings.
Chris has worked as the Outreach Coordinator for UCF Department of Sustainability & Energy Mgmt.; previously awarded a Youth Delegate for the Nation Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Clinton Global Initiative U; certified as an ‘Energy Specialist’ through Orange County Government (FL); Installer of Renewable Energy with over 107KW of Solar Photovoltaics; and assisted in the development of the U.S. Department of Energy’s university outreach agenda: the ‘Student Ambassadors Program’.
In addition, Chris has spoken at a number of conferences and has received numerous awards recognizing his effort as a emerging leader and steward of the environment; including the prestigious ‘Champions of Change' honorable mention from the White House & Obama Administration in 2011. Most recently, Chris gave an inspiring TEDx Talk in October 2012 about Biomimicry; he spoke at the United Nations (UN) World Youth Congress in Brazil for the Rio+20 Summit; and was a keynote speaker and panelist at the 2013 International Economics Congress in Berlin.
The Opportunity of Crisis
BY CHRIS CASTRO
@ VOL 11
ON SEP 20, 2013
Chris Castro, a co-founder of an NGO called IDEAS, talks about how the organization was formed, how it has changed over the years, what they have done, and what they are trying to do. Since IDEAS founding only a few years ago, the things it has accomplished are amazing.