Uber nabs NASA flying car guru; from St. Regis to green building

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Uber nabs NASA flying car guru; from St. Regis to green building

Clockwise from top left: Andrea Pinabell, Southface Energy Institute; Mark Moore, Uber; Andreas Schneider, EnOcean; Melanie Janine, Amazon; Lindsay Barker, City of Santa Monica.

It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing to kick of 2017 in the world of sustainability.

Still, there's been plenty of movement in the green business career world, from tech titans like Uber and Amazon to a sunny Southern California city.

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Who's news

Mark Moore, Uber

Self-driving cars are hardly unheard of when it comes to the fast-moving auto tech business. But what about flying electric cars?

Mark Moore, a 30-year NASA aircraft engineer, has been hired as Uber's first director of aviation. Bloomberg reports that the company doesn't have any immediate plans to design its own Jetson-style EVs,  but instead hopes to develop the market for what could be another emerging transportation technology.

Melanie Janine, Amazon

Former BSR communications chief Melanie Janine is headed to Amazon.

The sustainability veteran will oversee communications for the Seattle tech and logistics giant's growing in-house environmental team.

Andrea Pinabell, Southface Energy Institute

After running point on sustainability for Starwood Hotels — the hospitality mother ship for hotel chains like Westin, St. Regis and Sheraton — Andrea Pinabell has departed to focus on green building.
She has been named president of the Southface Energy Institute, which focuses on building efficiency into, well, buildings.

On the move

— The City of Santa Monica has its first chief resilience office. The coastal Southern California city has hired Lindsay Barker for the role, thanks in part to her experience in hospital emergency management.

— After the departure of former CEO Wald Siskens for a new position at Apple, co-founder of wireless energy harvesting Internet of Things company EnOcean Andreas Schneider has taken up the mantle as chief executive.

— While there's no shortage of companies vying to make their mark in the nascent circular economy field, where material reuse comes at a premium, it's little surprise that perennial sustainability leader Patagonia is out in front.