Edwin Piñero, B.Sc, MSc
Ed joined WaterSMART as a Special Advisor in 2016. He is also President of The Piñero Group LLC, which provides sustainability consulting services including best practices, strategy, metrics, reporting, awareness building, collaborative efforts, and policy. The group also provides insight on policy and business strategic planning in sustainability, natural resources, energy, and the environment. Ed currently also serves part-time as Director of Water Programs, United States Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Over his 38-year career, Ed has worked in the private and public sectors as a consultant to many clients on sustainability, environment, and energy. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President for Sustainability for Veolia North America and as a liaison to Veolia’s worldwide Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Affairs departments. In this role, Ed oversaw all efforts related to sustainability in regards to outreach, client issues, and internal practices, including the water, energy, and waste business lines.
He supports Water Smart by advising clients on various water-related issues such as strategy, best practices, reporting, metrics, and making the business case for water stewardship. Over his career, Ed has been engaged in many water-related initiatives including the UN CEO Water Mandate and Alliance for Water Stewardship. He has a long history in addressing the business case for natural resource and environmental stewardship, and sees water as a key resource.
Ed has also worked in the public sector at both the federal and state levels addressing sustainability issues. During his service as a White House Federal Environmental Executive, he focused on developing and implementing sustainability policy and practices within the U.S. Federal government. Ed also served in the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Sustainability and he held office as the Pennsylvania State Energy Director.
Teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Duquesne University and the University of Arizona has allowed him to further the importance of environmental and sustainability issues. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the State University of New York—Brockport and a Master of Science degree in Geology from Texas A&M University.