CRAINSNEWYORK.COM | April 17, 2023

With environmental challenges growing more urgent, there has never been a more fitting time to recognize the individuals and organizations that are driving progress toward and raising standards around sustainability. 

Prioritizing environmental goals is the right thing and smart business, especially in the crucial battle for talent. In a recent national survey, nearly two-thirds of respondents were more likely to apply for jobs at companies committed to sustainable practices.

Crain’s is proud to showcase the sustainability pacesetters propelling New York—and the world—toward a greener future. The 50 individuals who made this list are pioneers in their fields, driving innovation and advocating for sustainability in the areas of energy, nonprofit organizations, real estate, technology and finance, among others. 

To qualify for the honor, candidates needed to work within the New York metropolitan area as executives in senior leadership roles or lead sustainability initiatives at large companies. In addition to having had a measurable environmental impact, the candidates needed to make significant industry contributions and have involvement in civic, philanthropic, mentoring, diversity or other community work.

Michael A. Capasso 
Green Asphalt

At Green Asphalt, a leader in recycled asphalt pavement materials, Michael A. Capasso spearheaded the purchase of six barges, which allow materials to be moved via waterways, thus reducing carbon emissions from material transport via trucking. The company owner and president champions sustainability by advocating for the use of 100% recycled asphalt mixes on public works projects and by adding electric or hybrid vehicles to the company fleet to reduce its carbon footprint. Capasso is a member of YPO. As a member of Mayor Eric Adams’ Capital Process Reform Task Force, he expresses the concerns of the city’s heavy civil contractors. 

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