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Mellon Visiting Scholar Discusses Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities

Release date: February 27, 2012

Goucher College's Environmental Studies Program is presenting its next Mellon Visiting Scholar: Gerrit J. Knaap, professor of urban studies and planning and executive director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland. He will give a lecture titled "From Smart Growth to Sustainable Communities: Politics, Policy, and Planning Technology" on Monday, February 27, at 7 p.m. in the Batza Room.

During this event, which is free and open to the public, Knaap will discuss the role of technology and local, state, and federal politics and policies on the development of sustainable urban and suburban communities. For more information, contact German Mora, director of the Environmental Studies Program, at german.mora@goucher.edu.

Knaap is also the director of the Environmental Finance Center and director of the Transportation Policy Research Group, both at the University of Maryland. Additionally, he serves on the state of Maryland's Smart Growth Subcabinet, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Commission. He previously served on the Development Capacity Task Force, appointed by former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich, and on the Task Force on the Future of Growth and Development in Maryland, appointed by Governor Martin O'Malley.

His research interests include the housing markets and policy, economics and politics of land use planning, and the impacts of environmental policy. Knaap is the author of more than 75 articles and seven books, and he is the recipient of the Outstanding Planner Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2006 and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) award in 1998.

Knaap earned his B.S. from Willamette University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and he received post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics.

Knaap's appearance at Goucher is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, which provides funding for two visiting environmental scholars every semester for three years; these scholars spend time on campus with students and give public presentations. The Mellon Foundation grant also is being used to help fund a visiting professor in the field of environmental studies for three years, summer workshops during that period for faculty to develop additional courses in environmental studies, and summer research support for students and faculty.