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Adam Freed

Lecturer, Sustainability Management; Principal, Sustainability Practice, Bloomberg Associates

Adam Freed has more than 20 years of experience working on local and global urban issues. At Bloomberg Associates, a non-profit consultancy, Adam works with cities around the world to craft and implement sustainability strategies and actions covering a wide range of issues, including energy, GHG mitigation, climate resilience, housing affordability, green infrastructure, air quality, solid waste management, and neighborhood revitalization.

Prior to joining Bloomberg Associates, Adam was the Deputy Managing Director of The Nature Conservancy's Global Water Program, where he worked with cities in 33 countries to have safe, sustainable water supplies and developed innovative financing strategies for natural infrastructure solutions. From 2008-2012, Adam served as Deputy and Acting Director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, overseeing the implementation of PlaNYC and related sustainability initiatives and developing the NYC’s first climate resilience program.

Adam is also a member of the NYC Water Board, which is responsible for setting NYC's water rates to fund the city's water and sewer system's capital needs (~$3.8 billion annually). In addition, he serves on the Boards of ioby, a national crowd-resourcing platform to support community-led improvement projects, and the Friends of Governors Island and is an External Advisor to Fannie Mae's Sustainable Communities Initiative. He received his master's in Urban Planning from New York University and was a Mel King Community Fellow at MIT.


  • M.U.P., New York University
  • Mel King Community Fellow, MIT
  • B.A., Haverford College