Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy


Policy Primer: Sustainability in the Built Environment

Shaumbaugh Auditorium
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 6:30 PM


  • Paul Hanley

    Paul Hanley

    Director, Transportation Research Program, PPC Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa

    Paul Hanley is an associate professor holding joint appointments in the Public Policy Center, Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. Paul is the Director of the Transportation Policy Research Group at the Public Policy Center, Director of the University of Iowa’s Transportation Graduate Studies Program, and Associate Director of the Mid-American Transportation Center. He has more than sixteen years of experience working with federal, state, regional and local transportation and planning agencies. For eight years, he was a transportation planner for a regional Metropolitan Planning Organization in East-central Illinois prior to joining the faculty. His expertise is in the study of the relationships between transportation investments, land use change, and transportation demand.

  • Aaron Strong

    Aaron Strong

    Aaron Strong grew up in Marion, Iowa and graduated from Linn-Mar High School and later Luther College.  He completed two master’s degrees and a PhD in economics at the University of Colorado – Boulder.  He has held positions at the University of Calgary, Arizona State University and the University of Wyoming.  Currently he is an assistant professor with joint appointments in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and the Public Policy center and also a faculty affiliate of IIHR – Hydroscience and Engineering and the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Iowa.

    Dr. Strong’s research covers a wide variety of topics including water demand estimation; cost effectiveness of demand side management programs; ecological-economic modeling of rangelands; valuation of natural resources; and the relationship between economic growth and the environment.  Most recently, he is considering the effects of changes in surface water quality on the source of municipal drinking water; how changes in precipitation and land use/land cover changes affect the distribution of stream discharge; and understanding the recovery process from large scale natural and human induced disasters.


    The title of Dr. Strong's presentation is:  "Interactions between Quality and Quantity."



  • Lucie Laurian

    Lucie Laurian

    Lucie Laurian studies the effects of toxic sites on local populations and the participation of citizens in environmental planning decision-making processes. Some of her previous research, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, focused on the effects of Superfund sites on the communities surrounding them. She now works on the evaluation of Community Advisory Boards as participatory mechanisms used for the cleanup of toxic sites.

    Since 1998, she has been involved in a New Zealand-based research project on environmental planning processes. The project, titled "Planning Under a Cooperative Mandate," focuses on the implementation of local environmental plans with regard to water quality, urban design, and citizen participation in the planning process. Dr. Laurian is involved in research about the interactions between the planning and public health disciplines. She teaches a "Healthy Cities" class focused on environmental planning and health.


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