The village of Oak Park has hired a new environmental sustainability manager, almost four years after the position last became vacant.
Oak Park resident Marynda "Mindy" Agnew was selected to fill the post and assumed the role this week.
Environmentalists and others have criticized the village for years now for leaving the job vacant following the departure of K.C. Doyle in March 2014.
Agnew was part of a group that procured grant funding for Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 to develop strategies for composting, zero waste and resource reduction, according to a village press release. She also helped launch the village's composting program.
Agnew most recently has been under contract with the village on green block party and event coordination.
She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Elmhurst College and studied graduate-level sustainable management at the University of Wisconsin.
"Leading our community's efforts to embrace environmental sustainability has long been a personal mission of mine," Agnew said in the news release. "To be able to assume a leadership role in an official capacity is an incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to working with the village board, village staff and members of the community to articulate and implement programs that will help make Oak Park greener and even more environmentally sustainable."
Agnew's first order of business is implementing the single-use bag ban that begins on Jan. 1.
She also will oversee the community choice electricity aggregation program, pursuing grant funding for initiatives and will work closely with the village's Energy and Environment Commission.
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