January 10, 2019
San Francisco

The Trust for Public Land today announced that Brendan Shane has joined as the new Director of Climate. He will lead the organization’s efforts to work with communities across the country to use parks and open space to reduce carbon emissions and protect against increasing impacts of climate change—while creating more livable towns and cities. Shane previously served as Regional Director for North America at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, working with C40’s 15 US and Canadian cities, then as Program Director for Deadline 2020, C40’s global initiative to move all 96 member cities to carbon neutrality by 2050, and meet the most ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

“At a time when urgent action is required, The Trust for Public Land is redoubling our efforts to protect people and places from the threats of climate change,” said Diane Regas, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land. “Parks and open space provide a unique and proven way to address the increased dangers of flooding and heat waves, while removing carbon from our atmosphere. Brendan brings a wealth of experience to this effort, and will help us expand our work in more communities across the country.” 

The Trust for Public Land is actively engaged in addressing climate impacts from rural landscapes to urban centers. Its Climate-Smart Cities™  program partners with city leaders and residents to design, fund, and build climate-smart parks and green spaces where they are needed most. The program helps cities use parks and natural lands as multiple-benefit “green infrastructure” to improve water quality, reduce air pollution, decrease flooding, and cool neighborhoods during hot summer days.

The Trust for Public Land is also leveraging nature’s capacity by pursuing new and innovative public policies and funding for natural climate solutions—conservation, restoration, and improved land management designed to curtail greenhouse gas emissions by storing carbon in forests and urban tree canopy, grasslands, agricultural soils, and wetlands. The Trust for Public Land is identifying areas with the most carbon-capture potential, to prioritize conservation of America's most carbon-rich landscapes and leverage carbon markets and finance.

The Trust for Public Land Conservation Finance experts have helped over 560 state and local governments design, pass, and implement legislation and ballot measures that create new public funds for parks and land conservation—with an 82 percent success rate—creating over $74 billion in voter approved funding for parks, land conservation, and restoration.  The Trust for Public Land is using this knowledge to provide technical assistance to governors’ offices, state legislatures, and local governments on how to create policies and funding that support this critical work.


The Trust for Public Land is a leader in supporting the United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan commitment by 17 member states to uphold the Paris Agreement, by helping those states enact policies and funding to conserve, restore, and improve the management of natural and working lands to increase carbon storage, while creating jobs, safeguarding water and air quality, and protecting public health and safety—now and for future generations.


As Climate Director, Shane will work closely with an expert team of geospatial scientists, landscape architects, policy experts, and economists at The Trust for Public Land. Climate protection efforts are part of The Trust for Public Land’s extensive national program of field-based conservation and national efforts to ensure parks and open space improve health and placemaking in communities.

Prior to his work at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Shane served as Chief of Policy and Sustainability for the District of Columbia Government, working across agencies and the community to develop the city’s first comprehensive sustainability plan, Sustainable DC. He began his work for the District as Environmental Director for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, a public authority committed to the economic and environmental revitalization of the Anacostia River and surrounding communities. Prior to city government, Shane practiced energy and environmental law at Van Ness Feldman and represented state governments implementing the Safe Drinking Water Act for the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators.

Shane is a watershed hydrologist and attorney with a BA in government from Franklin & Marshall College, an MS in geology from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center. He works out of The Trust for Public Land’s Washington, DC, office.