Michael Catania is the executive director of Duke Farms, which serves as a model of stewardship and sustainability, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, on its 2,742-acre campus in Hillsborough Township, NJ. Previously, he was the founder, president and general counsel of Conservation Resources Inc. (CRI), a nonprofit conservation group that provided financial and technical assistance to the conservation community in New Jersey. Among its other programs, CRI administered a Carbon Sequestration Demonstration Project grant program that funded 8 pilot projects to demonstrate the efficacy of carbon sequestration through afforestation, reforestation, wetlands and grasslands restoration. Earlier in his career, he served as deputy commissioner of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection under three commissioners and two governors. Michael began his career with the nonpartisan New Jersey Legislative Services Agency, where he drafted many of New Jersey's landmark energy, agricultural and environmental laws. Michael's professional and teaching interests include land use, open space preservation, ecological restoration, ecosystem services, carbon sequestration and mitigation, and sustainability. He currently serves as the Chair of the NJ Natural Lands Trust, as well as the Co-chair of the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance.