“We are really excited about having her,” Tallman said.
Russo previously served as the Sustainability Coordinator and Innovation Manager for the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, a position she has held since 2008 according to the city press release. Russo holds a doctorate of education from Antioch University and a Masters of Studies in Law from the University of Vermont.
“While at the city of Fort Collins, Russo developed an award-winning sustainability program through the establishment of numerical targets after establishing baseline data for key environmental, economic, and social targets. Among her duties, she helped that city analyze energy efficiency, renewable energy, water use and conservation, waste reduction, and transportation strategies, taking into account economic, environmental, and social costs and benefits. Russo developed the Climate Wise Program in Fort Collins, which was nationally recognized as a Top 50 Innovative Government Program by Harvard University,” the news release stated.
As the new sustainability director, Russo will implement the city’s 2016 Water Conservation Plan. She will also help the city work toward its goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2023, which was adopted by the Moab City Council in February. The resolution also calls for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.