“Over the last two years, DEP has risen to new heights — cutting costs while becoming a more efficient and effective agency and helping to drive the Administration’s ambitious sustainability agenda,” the mayor said in a statement.
“Carter Strickland has been a key part of that success, and has been a highly effective leader in our efforts to create a greener, greater city since he joined our administration four years ago."
Strickland, 43, who was the Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability at the DEP, spent almost two decades in environmental policy and law.
He succeeds Commissioner Caswell F. Holloway, who was appointed by the mayor in January 2010.
Bloomberg tapped Holloway in early August to become deputy mayor after Stephen Goldsmith resigned just 14 months into the job.
The New York League of Conservation Voters, an environmental organization, praised the new commissioner.
“The appointment of one of the city’s top sustainability leaders to head up the Department of Environmental Protection is no coincidence,” president Marcia Bystryn said in a statement.
“Commissioner Strickland has already amassed a proven and successful track record of helping the city meet many complex sustainability challenges. Today’s appointment also underscores the importance that Mayor Bloomberg has placed on burnishing New York City’s credentials as a sustainability leader."