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Tobin Freid

Tobin Freid
Sustainability Manager
Durham City & County


As the Sustainability Manager for the City of Durham and Durham County, Tobin Freid assists city and county employees, businesses, and citizens in implementing environmentally sustainable practices, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some of her major projects include overseeing a $4.5 million Performance Contract to upgrade county buildings, creating and implementing a residential energy retrofit program for over 700 homes, doubling the number of public trees planted annually, managing the city and county’s public electric vehicle charging stations, developing and managing the Bull City Workplace Challenge, and conducting an annual greenhouse gas inventory for government operations and the community.

Prior to becoming Durham’s Sustainability Manager in 2008, Ms. Freid was the Project Coordinator for Energy and Environment at the Triangle J Council of Governments where she worked on transportation, alternative fuels, and energy projects. Previously she worked for the Department of Energy in the Office of Environmental Management and COCABO, an organic chocolate cooperative in Panama. Ms. Freid holds Masters Degrees in Environmental Policy from Tufts University and Duke University and a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Policy and Urban Planning from UC Santa Cruz.