Otis Omenazu

Otis T. Omenazu is the Chief Air Engineer for the City of Chicago Department of Environment, directing the activities of the Pollution Prevention Unit, which is made up of the engineering, air permitting, asbestos and C&D recycling groups. He is a graduate of Michigan Technological University, with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Administration. He also holds an MBA from Roosevelt University. He joined the City of Chicago Department of Consumer Services in 1990 as an Environmental Engineer in the Air Quality Division and was transferred to the newly created Department of Environment in 1992. Omenazu is has been instrumental in streamlining the department’s permitting process, developing and managing pollution prevention programs for the city, including the construction and demolition debris recycling program. In an attempt to encourage recycling and reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, the City of Chicago passed an ordinance in 2006 requiring general contractors involved in major construction or demolition projects to recycle at least 50% of the debris generated during the execution of their projects or pay a hefty fine.