Rutherford H. Platt, email@example.com
B.S., Yale, 1962; J.D., Chicago, 1967; Ph.D. (Geography) Chicago, 1971
Tel. (413) 586-6641
Cell (413) 575-0685
Geography, Law and Public Policy
RUTHERFORD H. PLATT is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and also is Senior Fellow at the Insitute for Sustainable Cities, City University of New York (CUNY) He holds a B.A. in political science from Yale and both a J.D. (law) and Ph.D. (geography) from the University of Chicago. He specializes in public policy concerning urban land and water resources.
His most recent edited book is The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City (University of Massachusetts Press and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He is the author of Land Use and Society: Geography, Law, and Public Policy (Revised Edition, Island Press, 2004) and Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events (Island Press, 1999). He was also was the lead editor of The Ecological City: Preserving and Restoring Urban Biodiversity (University of Massachusetts Press, 1994.)
He has served on many national panels including the National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board and several of its committees. In 2002, he was honored as a Lifetime National Associate of The National Academies. He directs the Ecological Cities Project, a national program of research and outreach based in Northampton, Massachusetts (www.ecologicalcities.org). He has given many public talks on greening of cities including the keynote address at the Tenth Anniversary of Chicago Wilderness in May 2006 and the closing speech at the Portland (Ore.) Metro Regional Summit: “Connecting Green” on June, 28,2007.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONSPlatt, ed. The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21 st Century City University of Massachusetts Press and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2006
Platt, Land Use and Society: Geography, Law, and Public Policy (Revised Edition). Washington: Island Press, 2004 (455 pp.)
Platt, Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events. Washington: Island Press, 1999.
Platt, Rowntree, and Muick (eds.) The Ecological City: Preserving and Restoring Urban Biodiversity. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1994. (291 pp.)Platt, R. H. 2006 “Urban Watershed Management: Sustainability One Stream at a Time” Environment 48(4): 26-42 (May)
Platt, R.H. 2004. “Toward Ecological Cities: Adapting to the 21 st Century Metropolis” Environment 46(5): 10-27
Platt, Salvesen, and Baldwin, 2002. “Recovery of the North Carolina Coast After Hurricane Fran: Did Regulations Matter?” Coastal Management 30: 249-269
Platt, R. H., P. K. Barten, and M. J. Pfeffer. 2000. “A Full, Clean Glass: Managing New York City’s Watersheds.” Environment 42(5): 8-19.
Platt and J. Kendra, 1998. “The Sears Island Saga: Law in Search of Geography.” Economic Geography AAG Annual Meeting, Special Issue, pp. 46-51.
RECENT PUBLIC TALKS:
Introduction and Closing, “Pittsburgh: A More Humane Metropolis” Pittsburgh, PA, March 23, 2007
Keynote: “New Directions in Urban Watershed Management,” Workshop on New York City Watersheds, Queens College, New York, March 30, 2007
Book Talks on: The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21 st Century City,
University of Pennsylvania School of Urban Planning and Design, Jan. 11, 2007
Conway School of Landscape Design, March 13, 2007
Dept. of Urban Planning, University of Southern California, Jan. 22, 2007
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA Nov. 8, 2006
Municipal Art Society, New York City, Nov. 14, 2006
Panelist, “Urban Watershed Management” Growing Greener Cities Conference, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Oct. 16, 2006
Keynote: “Chicago Wilderness: Flagship Of The Urban Biodiversity Movement” Chicago Wilderness Tenth Anniversary Celebration, Field Museum, Chicago, May 17, 2006
Keynote Faculty Speaker, UMass Phi Beta Kappa graduation ceremony: “Learning from Disasters: Geography and Social Policy” Campus Center Auditorium, May 27
Series Concluding Talk: “Learning from Disasters: The Synergy of Geography and Public Policy.” University of Massachusetts, May 2, 2006
Organizer of two panel sessions and two field trips on themes of “Ecological Cities” during Assn. of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 8-9, 2006.
Keynote: “Rapid Urban Change: Some Lessons From New York City For Istanbul” Workshop on “Urban Biosphere Reserves: Potential Benefits for Istanbul” Istanbul Technical University, Jan. 31-Feb1, 2005.
Keynote: “Learning from Disasters: The Synergy of Law and Geography” San Diego University Law School, Feb. 17, 2005.
Public lecture, “Regreening the Metropolis: Pathways to More Ecological Cities.” Sponsored by Mount Holyoke College, Oct. 22, 2003.
Keynote: Urban Biosphere and Society: Parnership of Cities
Sponsored by Columbia University and UNESCO (CUBES). New York Academy of Sciences, Oct. 29-30, 2003.
Keynote: “Regreening the Metropolis: Pathways to More Ecological Cities” to 7 th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference: Milwaukee’s Urban Environment – Cultivating the Ecological City., May 26, 2004.
Plenary Address, “Water and Cities: New Directions in Urban Watershed Management” to Conference on The Confluence of Water, Society, and Ecological Design Chicago, IL, June 9, 2004.
Organizer, Special Panel (two sessions) “Regreening the Metropolis: Pathways To More Ecological Cities” Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 2004.
Public Lecture, “Pathways to More Ecological Cities,” Houston Area League of Women Voters, November 11, 2004
Pittsburgh: A More Humane Metropolis . Pittsburgh, PA March 23, 2007 (In collaboration with Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA)
The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21 st Century City , New York, NY (June, 2002). Supported by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Laurance S. Rockefeller, the Wyomissing Foundation, National Park Service.
Sustainable Cities Symposium: Preserving and Restoring Urban Biodiversity . The Chicago Academy of Sciences, October 4-6, 1990. Funded by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service. Organized jointly with The Chicago Academy of Sciences
Cities on the Beach: Management of Developed Coastal Barriers, Virginia Beach, VA, Jan. l5-l8, l985. Organized by the Land and Water Policy Center, University of Massachusetts with funding from NSF, FEMA, and the National Park Service. Proceedings published in the University of Chicago Geography Research Monograph Series, l987.
Legal Issues of Floodplain and Wetland Management Denver, CO, March l3-l4, l982. Sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Beyond the Urban Fringe: Land Use Issues of Nonmetropolitan America. College Park, MD, June 23-25, l980. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey published by University of Minnesota Press.
The Ecological Cities Project has collaborated with local hosts in the organization of Ecological Cities conferences or symposia in:
Boston, MA November, 2000 (with Boston College Urban Ecology Institute)
Columbia, SC March, 2001 (with University of South Carolina Dept. of Geography)
New York City, June, 2002 (with New York University and others)
Milwaukee, WI May 2004 (with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Istanbul, Turkey Jan. 2005 (with Istanbul Technical University)
Pittsburgh, PA March, 2007 (with Carnegie Mellon University and others).
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