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City’s greening director takes post at EPA

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Another Mayor Gavin Newsom appointment is off to greener pastures.

Jared Blumenfeld, who served as director of The City’s Department of the Environment and interim head of Recreation and Park Department, will take on the job of administrator for Region 9 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which includes Arizona, California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Employees at the EPA were notified this morning about the decision. Blumenfeld, an attorney who took on his role in the Department of the Environment in October, 2008, was not immediately available for comment.

His enthusiastic approach to environmental issues found a sympathetic ear in Newsom. Blumenfeld was behind several issues, such as the mayor’s food policy and mandatory composting.