Carol Thaler Co-Director

Carol is Co-Director of Great Lakes Biomimicry, and was previously the agency's Director of Outreach & Administration. Carol has compiled 30 years experience in city and regional planning, natural area preservation, community master planning, transportation planning land development review and organizing to reach sustainable goals. She gained her experience in Texas, Maryland and over 23 years with the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (CCPC).

Carol managed development of community master plans and helped develop Cuyahoga County's first "Greenspace Plan." She led County management of Whiskey Island, a 32-acre park at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. Carol served as a founding member of the Cuyahoga County Natural Resources Assistance Council to evaluate land/water preservation projects and distribute Clean Ohio Funds. She represented the County on Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan and County Commissioner’s at NEO Areawide Coordinating Agency. Carol was part of the original team to introduce sustainability practices to each County agency. She managed the Cuyahoga Valley Initiative, to make the Cuyahoga River Valley a "living-laboratory for sustainable practices." This project revealed to her the potential of biomimicry to further NEO's environmental and economic goals.

Carol is a founding member and remains involved in the Lake Erie Allegheny Partners for Biodiversity. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified Biomimicry Specialist.