Kizzy Charles-Guzman

ERN (2013)

Director of the Climate Change and Public Health Program

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York, New York

Kizzy Charles-Guzman is leading efforts to strengthen the City’s community, social and economic resiliency. She works with a team to ensure that NYC neighborhoods, community-based organizations, workforce, small businesses, and public services are ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change. For years Kizzy has engaged in citywide sustainability and climate resilience planning efforts to ensure that social, public health and environmental justice priorities are integrated into climate adaptation plans and environmental policies in New York City. She was a member of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force and the NYC Green Codes Task Force, convened by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn; and she currently serves as an adjunct member of the New York City Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee. In March of 2013, she was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 Environmental Quality Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health in New York City and in June 2013 she was a recipient of a national "Champions of Change" Award from the U.S. White House.