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Our Advisory Panel

To ensure that we continue to live up to the highest standards, we've asked a few of our most respected member-bloggers to serve as an advisory panel for the site. They were selected for the outstanding quality of their work, their expertise across the spectrum of disciplines that make up our community, and most of all for their commitment to the ideals that drive us: inclusiveness, balance, community and civility.

Watch for original, exclusive posts from our advisory panel members. They'll enliven our podcast series, appear in our webinars, and cover events for us as the opportunities arise. And we look to them to be advocates for the community-at-large as well, keeping us focused on our mission as we expand, and making sure we don't forget...

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WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to make urban sustainability a reality. Global research and on-the-ground experience in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey and the United States combine to spur action that improves life for millions of people.

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Kaid Benfield Kaid
@Kaid_in_DC on Twitter

Senior counsel for environmental strategies, PlaceMakers LLC; senior adviser, Natural Resources Defense Council; co-founder, LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system; co-founder, Smart Growth America coalition; author, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (2014); one of the "top urban thinkers" on and named one of "the most influential people in sustainable planning and development" by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Attorney, recovering litigator, cyclist, blogger, dreamer.

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Pratik Dave Pratik

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Mr. Dave, based at Ahmedabad-India, works as an Independent Consultant in Sustainable Urban Transport Programs/Projects. He is a  passionate researcher and doing research on urban transport is his favourite time pass. He was actively involved in planning and ground implementation of BRT in Ahmedabad which is India's 1st successful Bus Rapid Transit System. The project has won many national and international awards and recognitions and has been showcased as 'The Light House Project' by United Nations as a part of the Momentum for Change Initiative in 2012. Mr. Dave has also worked in several other cities of India providing technical advisory support to municipal corporations for varios urban transport projects including BRT, Non-motorized Transport, Pariking Issues, Transit Oriented Development, Pedestrianization, Bike Sharing. He loves to write on traffic and transportation issues prevailing across Indian cities and is constantly active in the sector. His focus is largely at global level and loves to conduct studies which have a very large impact on humanity, climate change and green house gas emissions. You can contact him at: [email protected]


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Jared Green Jared

Jared Green is senior communications manager at the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and editor of ASLA’s blog, The Dirt, which covers the latest news on the built and natural environments and features stories on landscape architecture. He is the author of Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World (Princeton Architectural Press, 2015). Green is also a contributor to Metropolis, Grist, and the Sustainable Cities Collective

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The Global Grid The Global
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Since 2010, The Global Grid has offered localized and unique architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning and related news every weekday. The Global Grid uniquely publishes news specific to the town or city in which the author resides or is traveling. With a 150+ writer alumni, The Global Grid continues to grow as the destination for local environmental design news and perspectives. 

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Warren Karlenzig Warren
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Warren Karlenzig is president of Common Current (, a global consultancy for urban sustainability planning, policy and development.

He has led urban sustainability strategy with clients including the The White House Office of Science and Technology; the United Nations; the nations of South Korea and Japan; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; US Department of State; nation of China's Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MoHURD); US EPA; State of California; Asian Institute of Energy, Environment & Sustainability; Guangzhou, China Planning Agency; the Municipality of Beijing; Ecocity Builders; the Packard and Columbia foundations, and the private sector, including Autodesk; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; NRG and IDEO.

He is co-author of the 2012 United Nations publication, The Shanghai Manual: Guide for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century. Warren wrote the original language for one of the nation's first municipal green building ordinances (San Francisco). The former Chief Strategy Officer of SustainLane, Warren is author of How Green is Your City? The SustainLane US City Rankings.

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Warren has a Master’s degree from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published book and journal chapters with the Wharton School of Business/ University of Pennsylvania, the University of California Press and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, along with numerous other institutions. He has lectured widely on urban sustainability and resilience for the University of Chicago (Booth School of Business), Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (Haas School of Business), the Technical University of Vienna, and Seoul National University as well as has addressed the European Union in Brussels and the State Council (in Zhongnanhai, Beijing) of China.

He is a fellow at the Post-Carbon Institute, an international advisor to the Climate Project and an advisory member of the Korea Green Foundation and the Urban Resilience Council of the Sherwood Institute.


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Taz Loomans Taz
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I'm an urbanist, a writer and a licensed architect. I own and run a blog called that discusses issues around urban design, community-building, equity and architecture.

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Florian Lorenz Florian
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Florian is an interdisciplinary planner and communications expert based in Vienna, Austria. He sees bicycle urbanism as critical strategy for the livability of future cities. Florian is a director of the bicycle urbanism and future mobility think tank Smarter Than Car (STC). As associate of the consultancy PlanSinn, Florian worked to bring about Velo-city 2013, the Cycling Visionaries Awards, and various other projects to further sustainable urban mobility. As organizer of the Fourth World Bicycle Forum he has jointly developed the Forum's program, content and communications. At PlanSinn, Florian is currently working to bring about Walk21 Vienna and the Walking Visionaries Awards


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David Maddox David

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David Maddox is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Nature of Cities, a worldwide collective blog on cities as ecosystems, with over 200 contributors. He is committed to the health of the natural environment and the sustainability, resilience and livability of cities. After a PhD in ecology and statistics from Cornell he spent 12 years with the Nature Conservancy working on climate change and stewardship. David has created Sound Science LLC and Urban Oikos, consultancies focused on strategic planning in social-ecological systems. He is also a published playwright and award-winning theater composer. David lives in New York City.

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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg Jeff
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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog.

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Chuck Wolfe Chuck
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Charles R. Wolfe, M.R.P., J.D. is an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law and permitting, including the use of innovative land use regulatory tools and sustainable development techniques on behalf of both the private and public sectors and the successful redevelopment of infill properties under federal, state and local regulatory regimes. He is an accomplished speaker and author on growth management and innovative zoning, “transit-oriented development”, and brownfield/sustainable development topics, regularly participates in regional and national seminars and serves as a reporter for the national publication, Planning & Environmental Law. He is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law and a range of planning and development courses to planners and future design professionals and is a contributor to major research efforts addressing urban center, transit oriented and brownfield redevelopment. Additionally, Chuck has served as Vice Chair, Fund Development for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Northwest District Council, is a Member of the Boards of Futurewise and Great City, and is a King County Trustee of Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy). He contributes regularly on urban development topics for several publications including The Atlantic Cities, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post,, and He blogs regularly at His book, Urbanism Without Effort (Island Press), was released on May 2, 2013.

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