Department of Natural Resources to play key role in green job creation under new director

Missouri Senate Confirms Mark Templeton as Director of Department of Natural Resources

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Volume 37-054 For Immediate Release: March 5, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- Creating green jobs, encouraging energy efficiency and the development of alternative energy, and preserving and protecting the state’s natural and cultural resources will be the areas of emphasis for Mark N. Templeton, the new Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.  The Missouri Senate confirmed Gov. Jay Nixon’s appointment of Templeton on Thursday.

“This is a critical time in the state of Missouri,” Templeton said.  “We have a real opportunity to jump-start the economy and to create new jobs while stewarding our natural resources.  We need to move from an ‘either/or’ to a ‘both/and’ approach to economic development and environmental protection.  I am proud to be part of this exciting time in the state’s history and to help shape policy for a more sustainable future.”

As the director of the Department of Natural Resources, Templeton will lead one of the largest and most diverse departments in the state.  Responsible for protecting, preserving, and enhancing the quality of Missouri’s air, water, land, cultural and energy resources, the Department includes the Division of Environmental Quality; Division of Field Services; Division of State Parks; Division of Geology and Land Survey; State Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority; and the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund. 

 “Missouri is rich in resources, natural beauty, and history,” Templeton said.  “As a Missouri native, I’m excited to return to our beautiful state.  I am eager to work collaboratively with our citizens in all sectors – environmental, industrial, agricultural, and commercial – to make efficient and effective use of our resources, to develop next generation jobs and energy solutions, and to protect and preserve our environment and natural resources now and in the future.”

Templeton brings a unique skill-set and perspective to the Department.  His background incorporates environmental stewardship, alternative energy, and sound business practices that encompass the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  From 2001 to 2005, Templeton developed environmental and sustainability strategies for clients while with McKinsey & Company, a global management consultancy headquartered in New York.  While there, he worked with clients to explore new “green” markets for products and services and to develop next-generation jobs in the environmental and energy sectors.  While at McKinsey, Templeton advised major organizations including the United Nations Development Programme’s Commission on the Private Sector and Development.  In 2005, Templeton left McKinsey to become associate dean and chief operating officer of Yale Law School, his alma mater.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Templeton was special assistant and senior advisor to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and an Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to U.N. Commission on Human Rights.  He worked as office director of the Human Rights Documentation Center in Bangkok, Thailand from 1999 to 2000 and as a research associate with the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center in New Delhi, India in 1997.

Templeton earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1994 and his juris doctorate from Yale Law School in 1999.  He graduated from Horton Watkins High School in Ladue.

For more information, contact the Department’s Office of Communications at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1010.