Peter Boyd is Chairman of Sustainable Westport and has been an Advisory Team member since 2014 and helped the Town create and adopt its Net Zero by 2050 goal at the same time as leading the B Team’s Net Zero initiative focused on creating global business support for the Paris Agreement. Peter is Founder and CEO of Time4Good, providing coaching and tools for leaders and their teams, helping create and clarify their path to maximum positive impact. At Yale University he is Lecturer at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and at the School of Management’s EMBA program. He is also Resident Fellow at Yale’s Center for Business and the Environment and Mentor-in-Residence at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking; helping to accelerate social and environmental entrepreneurship across campus. Peter is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and studied at the University of Oxford. He lives in Westport with his young family attending Kings Highway and Earthplace preschool, and is co-warden at Christ & Holy Trinity.
Dawn is Vice Chairperson who has been a member of the team since 2018 when her concerns about the Climate Crisis led her to cut back on her work as a Marketing Strategist and begin volunteering with several local environmental organizations. Her passion areas include educating and engaging the public on climate change issues and solutions, and she focuses on Communications for Sustainable Westport. She is an avid electric vehicle enthusiast and is on the leadership team of the EV Club of Connecticut. Dawn is also a Board Member of Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound and presenter for The Climate Reality Project.
Christopher is an Assistant Principal at Greens Farms Elementary School and Coleytown Elementary School. He is the former K-5 Science Coordinator for Westport Public Schools. A member of the Advisory Team since 2018, Chris has been instrumental in advancing Zero Waste initiatives at GFS and sharing learnings that have been implemented in other schools in the district. After an early career as a journalist working for the Connecticut Post, Christopher began teaching in 1998. He holds a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of New Haven and a BA in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island.
Sam joined the Advisory Team in 2017 after a nearly 30 year career in the energy sector. Just prior to joining the team, Sam received his Masters in Sustainability & Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School and recently Sam has been working with Citizens Resources in Boston advising them on alternative energy projects. Sam also heads up sustainability efforts for the Board of the Christian Camp Meeting Association in Centerville, MA.
Nico joined the team in 2019 with a desire to leverage his twenty-plus year career working on the forefront of sustainability issues to make a positive impact locally. He is the Managing Partner of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that invests in high potential clean economy companies and partners with innovators to drive scale, profit, and impact. Referred to by Fortune Magazine as one of the clean economy’s “go to guys,” Nico is recognized for his groundbreaking work with many global companies and game-changing start-ups in the clean technology space. He holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Sara has been the Operations Director for the Town of Westport since 2017. For Sustainable Westport, Sara successfully led the application process for Sustainable CT resulting in the Town’s Bronze Certification. Her previous after working for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, in the Office of Management and Budget, where she managed over $2 billion of New York City revenue. A resident of Monroe, Harris graduated from Fordham University with a degree in political science and urban studies. She holds a Master of Science from the New School University’s Milano School focusing on urban policy analysis and management.
Diana joined the team in 2019 and launched Sustainable Westport’s social media presence which has quickly grown to be a primary engagement tool for the community. She is the Founder of Olian Solutions, LLC, which provides consulting services for Venture Capital firms and startups. Diana is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Columbia University with a focus on Innovation, Sustainability, and Environmental Policy. She is also a Board Member at Earthplace a Girl Scout Troop leader.
Tony has been an Advisory Team member since 2014. He is also the Executive Director at Earthplace, a regional nature discovery and environmental learning center located in Westport. Earthplace has a 62 acre nature center, early childhood education programs, and is also the home of Harbor Watch, a water quality research program. Previously, Tony enjoyed a 30 year career in sales, marketing and sustainability leadership roles for international forest products companies. Tony is a Norwalk native, a graduate of Boston University’s School of Management, and Westport resident of many years. He previously served on the board of Directors for Stepping Stones Museum, The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Peter Ratkiewich has been a Westport employee since 1989 and a member of the Advisory Team since 2018. In his current capacity as Director of Public Works, Peter supervises seven Public Works Divisions and 50 employees, oversees the administration of Public Construction contracts and consultant activities concerning municipal infrastructure improvements, including things like sewers, storm drains, waste and recycling facilities, parking lots, and roadway and intersection improvements. A graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Peter is a Licensed Professional Engineer and is registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Steve is the Building Official for the Town’s Building Department. As a member of the Sustainable Westport Advisory Team, he leads the Green Building Award program, recognizing projects that make significant contributions to Westport’s future as a Net Zero community. He also serves as an advisor to the team on the potential and practicalities of improving the sustainability of our Town’s buildings.
David served as former Chair of Sustainable Westport and remains a member. Hi is a LEED Accredited Professional and Green Globes Professional who received his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Mr. Mann is founding principal of GreenTek Consulting, LLC, a sustainable design and construction practice and GreenTek Renewables, LLC, a consulting firm for renewable energy projects. Mann currently teaches both Structures and Building Technology in the Architectural Engineering Technology program as well as Renewable and Alternative Energy in the Building Efficiency and Sustainable Technology program at Norwalk Community College.
Greg joined the Advisory Team in 2019. His background in technology and online marketing is helping to advance Sustainable Westport’s online presence. He is Founder of CarbonFoot Medical, a Google Partner marketing agency. Greg’s prior marketing roles included work at Sony and web analytics firm WebSideStory (now Adobe SiteCatalyst). He is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.