Carter Strickland

New York state director

Carter Strickland has served as the New York state director for The Trust for Public Land since 2017. He leads a team that protects open space and builds parks and playgrounds around New York. Under his leadership, The Trust for Public Land has built over 30 parks in New York City and State; passed conservation funding measures at the local and state level; launched the 175-mile trail Long Island Greenway and other greenways; and protected landscapes along the Appalachian Trail, Delaware River, and Hudson Valley. 

Carter has worked on environmental issues in several capacities: as a prosecuting attorney for the New York State Attorney General’s Office, water and air pollution expert for New York City’s sustainability plan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and regional and water sustainability lead for the national architecture and environmental engineering firm HDR. In addition to the park and trail creation projects above, Carter’s projects and campaigns have included the $2.4 billion NYC Green Infrastructure program, the NYC Clean Heat initiative, the NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan, the NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, a resilient energy program in the Hunts Points neighborhood of the Bronx, a study to reduce greenhouse gases from the New York City building sector, and cleaning up toxic pollution of the Hudson River. He teaches graduate courses on sustainability and infrastructure development at Columbia University and NYU. Carter and his family spend as much time as possible in nature, whether at home in Brooklyn, in the Hudson Valley, Adirondacks, or on mountains and rivers throughout the world.