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Carter O'Brien

Sustainability Officer Strategic Science Initiatives

Strategic Science Initiatives
Environmental Conservation

Carter O’Brien, LEED AP O+M, is a Sustainability Officer and works in the Field Museum of Natural History’s Office of Strategic Science Initiatives. As chair of the Museum’s green team (A Greener Field) he works to institutionalize sustainability principles in areas such as recycling, food operations, alternative transportation, urban agriculture/community gardening and renewable energy. In 2008 he received Fair Trade Chicago’s first-ever Changemaker of the Year award, which recognized his efforts to make the Museum’s Corner Bakery restaurant the only one in America that served only Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee. A 46 year old Chicago native, he is also the Vice President of the Chicago Recycling Coalition, a Treekeeper, as well as an avid cyclist, musician and martial artist.

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