Nutter's sustainability director to exit

Has another shoe dropped?

Mark Alan Hughes, hired nearly a year ago to the day, announced today he is stepping down as Mayor Nutter’s hand-picked choice to create and lead Philadelphia’s first Office of Sustainability.

“I’m an academic at heart, so my goal was to lay the groundwork and set the direction for the future, and do my best to hand over workable plans to the policy implementers,” Hughes said in a statement.

No news yet on why he is leaving or what he will do now.

His departure, scheduled for June 18, establishes Hughes as the second member of Nutter’s inner circle to leave.

Wendell Pritchett, Nutter’s policy director and deputy chief of staff, resigned last August to resume teaching at the University of Pennsylvania law school. In April, he was named chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden.

A third Nutter aide, senior adviser Pauline Abernathy, began a four-month leave May 11 to work at the Institute for College Access and Success.

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