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Sustainability & Strategic Planning Staff
Meet Our Staff
Peter Nierengarten Leif Olson
Peter Nierengarten, P. E., LEED AP
Director of Sustainability & Strategic Planning
Peter has worked for the City of Fayetteville since the summer of 2012. He is a passionate supporter of sustainable lifestyle choices including bicycle commuting, organic gardening, creative reuse and recycling, energy conservation, green remodeling, use of public transportation, rainwater harvesting and composting. He has worked on multiple sustainability related projects including managing large solar array design and construction, micro-hydro design, rainwater harvesting, fruit and nut tree planting, bicycling outreach and education and municipal energy management policy. He is very interested in promoting sustainability and livability for the City of Fayetteville and advancing the six goals of City Plan 2030. Peter is very proud to serve Fayetteville in a role that will provide vital direction for his community's continued sustainable growth.
Peter earned a bachelor and masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2001 & 2002. He worked for a civil consulting firm in NW Arkansas for a short time before relocating to Portland, OR in 2003. For almost nine years he worked for the Portland Water Bureau as an engineer, project manager, energy manager, green building consultant and sustainability advocate.
Leif Olson, A.I.C.P.
Leif has worked as a long range planner for the City of Fayetteville planning division since 2003. He has managed multiple planning initiatives in Fayetteville in recent years including: the Low Impact Development Ordinance, the Block Avenue design, the Hillside/Hilltop Overlay District Ordinance, the Downtown Master Plan vision document, form-based code adoption and architectural standards, the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance, the Access Management and Street Design standards, Accessory Dwelling Ordinance and the Cottage Housing Development Ordinance. Leif works on a wide variety of projects and is specifically interested in projects that explore the relationship between land use and sustainability.
Leif earned a Bachelor of Science degree in City Planning from Missouri State University in 1993 and worked as a current planner in Kentucky prior to coming to Fayetteville. His interest in urban planning policy is coupled with graphic skills that have been developed through the neighborhood planning process utilized by the City. Leif also has extensive experience with moving complicated or difficult projects through the public approval process.