Farewell Blog Post

I've decided to take a new opportunity with the green building consulting firm Viridian so today is my last day at the City of Fayetteville. The good news is that I get to stick around Fayetteville and continue working in the sustainable development field; something that I'm very passionate about.

When I first came here in 2007 the focus was almost exclusively on energy efficiency in government buildings and the need to pay for my position through energy savings. Over time it has evolved into something with a broader focus and a department by itself - Sustainability & Strategic Planning.

I have been really fortunate to work with a great group of people at the City and two mayors that are incredibly passionate about it. I've interacted with 90+ sustainability directors across North America through the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and I can tell you that no other director has more access to the top levels of the administration. That's a tribute to the residents of Fayetteville and their demands that it be a high priority, and it's a tribute to the elected officials of the community, Mayor Jordan and City Council, for having the vision to make it a priority. For all of those reasons, I've been very blessed to have this opportunity and it's not one I will forget.

Already we have received a tremendous amount of interest in this position; some of which are more qualified than I am. I'm confident that whoever fills this role next will be able to jump right in and continue impacting the Fayetteville community in a positive way.

Special thanks to Kristina Jones and Leif Olson for making a great team. It's been a fun ride!


John Coleman

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