Christina Ficicchia became interested in sustainable development while obtaining her undergraduate degree in Biology at Boston University where her plans to study medicine began to shift to environmental quality issues. She went on to obtain a Masters Degree from Pratt Institute in City and Regional Planning focusing on sustainable development and environmental best practices. She has worked on projects related to Brownfield’s planning, alternative energy and alternative transportation as well as promoting economic development through the funding and implementation of green building measures and other environmental initiatives. She continues to work with real estate advisors and project managers at Insite East, LLC in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently acting as the Executive Director of New York City Lower Hudson Valley Clean Communities, Inc. (NYCLHVCC, Inc.), where she is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through promoting the reduction of petroleum usage in vehicles.