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the greenest fern is a sustainable design consulting firm focused on the idea and practice of sustainability, resiliency, environmental justice and biophilia. It seeks to design healthier, more productive and more welcoming spaces while promoting environmental protection, economic development and social equity. the greenest fern focuses on sustainable design and urbanization and the connection between the two realms.

At it's core the greenest fern hopes to create awareness about sustainable design within our urban spaces, design sustainable environments and establish a vibrant platform for educating those interested in environmental justice and sustainable design.

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Fernando Ortiz Baez


Sustainable Designer


the greenest fern was established by Fernando Ortiz Baez a first-generation, Dominican-American, native New Yorker. Fernando was born in Brooklyn but raised in the South Bronx. Among his interest are scouting out sustainable design and urban projects throughout New York City and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle. Fernando hopes to use his experience, knowledge and passion to bring environmental justice, sustainability and resiliency to communities all across NYC and the Dominican Republic.


Ortiz is greatly invested in the revitalization and development of the South Bronx and the Dominican Republic and is currently serving as the Upper Manhattan & Bronx Borough Director for Government & Community Relations at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).


  • Master of Science: Sustainability Management

      Columbia University, 2019

  • Master of Design Studies: Sustainable Design

      Boston Architectural College, 2016

  • Bachelor of Arts: Critical and Visual Studies; Sustainability Minor

      Pratt Institute, 2014



  • Lecturer; Sustainability Management                                             Columbia University in the City of New York          2022- Present

  • Assistant Vice President; Government & Community Relations​                         New York City Economic Development Corporation      2021-Present

  • Community Engagement Associate Planner

      NYC City Planning- Bronx Office 


  • Climate and Resiliency Organizer



  • Organic Outreach Graduate Intern

      NYC Sanitation- Bureau of Recycling & Sustainability


  • Sustainability and Development Intern

      NYC Parks & Recreation


Study Abroad:

  • Dominican Republic: Caribbean and Environmental Studies

  • Malta: Green Residential Remodeling and Renovation

  • Israel/Jordan/Palestine/Syria: Regional Environmental Sustainability & Conflict Resolution

  • Chile: Sustainable Development 

  • Puerto Rico: Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

  • Montana- Crow Native American Tribe: Social & Environmental Justice in Tribal Nations

  • Chicago: Robbins Industrial Site- Resilient and Sustainable Development 

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