Erik Caldwell

Chief Sustainability Officer/Director, Sustainability Department

City of San Diego

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Erik leads implementation of the City of San Diego’s ambitious efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Under Erik’s leadership the city’s implementation efforts are focused on increasing the energy and water efficiency of facilities, furthering the use of renewable energy, expanding transit and alternative mobility choices, diverting waste away from our landfill, and preparing the city for the impacts of climate change. San Diego’s sustainability team is recognized nationally and internationally as an innovator in exploring how technology, renewable energy, mobility, climate resilience, and creative financing can accelerate San Diego’s transition into a post carbon future.

Prior to taking on the CSO role, Erik held several other leadership positions with the city including Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Economic Development Department. Erik’s experience also includes a long career in public policy, having advised elected officials at the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, California State Board of Equalization, and California State Assembly. Mr. Caldwell previously worked for the City of San Diego as Deputy Director of Policy to former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. In this capacity, he was responsible for the implementation of the Mayor’s economic development strategy and leading the City’s efforts to support the region’s innovation economy. 

Erik earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University San Marcos, a Master of Business Administration degree from San Diego State University, in addition to completing advanced studies in Real Estate, Data Analytics, and Data Visualization. 

 

Erik Caldwell

Chief Sustainability Officer/Director, Sustainability Department

City of San Diego

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Erik leads implementation of the City of San Diego’s ambitious efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Under Erik’s leadership the city’s implementation efforts are focused on increasing the energy and water efficiency of facilities, furthering the use of renewable energy, expanding transit and alternative mobility choices, diverting waste away from our landfill, and preparing the city for the impacts of climate change. San Diego’s sustainability team is recognized nationally and internationally as an innovator in exploring how technology, renewable energy, mobility, climate resilience, and creative financing can accelerate San Diego’s transition into a post carbon future.

Prior to taking on the CSO role, Erik held several other leadership positions with the city including Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Economic Development Department. Erik’s experience also includes a long career in public policy, having advised elected officials at the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, California State Board of Equalization, and California State Assembly. Mr. Caldwell previously worked for the City of San Diego as Deputy Director of Policy to former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. In this capacity, he was responsible for the implementation of the Mayor’s economic development strategy and leading the City’s efforts to support the region’s innovation economy. 

Erik earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University San Marcos, a Master of Business Administration degree from San Diego State University, in addition to completing advanced studies in Real Estate, Data Analytics, and Data Visualization.