Dr Robert F. Young

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  • Former Director of NJ Commerce Department's Office of Sustainability; Professor UT-Austin
  • Co-founded the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative
  • Former CEO of Recycling Company handling 35,000 tons of material a year

Dr. Robert F. Young works in the fields of urban and regional planning, sustainable economic development, green infrastructure, and urban ecology. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin where his current research and teaching interests focus on economic and environmental policy and planning, specifically advancing the transition to sustainable urban regions and economies. Dr. Young recently co-founded the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative described by the New York Times and Fortune Magazine respectively as “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability into its curricula and community outreach” and “addressing and catalyzing change across all issues that impinge upon sustainability.”

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  • Sustainable economic development
  • Environmental entrepreneurism
  • Sustainable community development
  • Community and regional planning
  • Green infrastructure
  • Recycling and resource management
  • Green/Sustainability & Economic Development

Dr. Robert F. Young works in the fields of urban and regional planning, sustainable economic development, green infrastructure, and urban ecology. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin where his current research and teaching interests focus on economic and environmental policy and planning, specifically advancing the transition to sustainable urban regions and economies. Dr. Young recently co-founded the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative described by the New York Times and Fortune Magazine respectively as “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability into its curricula and community outreach” and “addressing and catalyzing change across all issues that impinge upon sustainability.”    

As a practitioner in the public sector, Dr. Young served as Program Administrator of the Philadelphia Recycling Office and was later appointed by New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman as Director of the New Jersey Commerce Department’s Office of Sustainability. He has also served as an advisor to Governors Ted Kulongoski and John Kitzhaber of Oregon on issues of sustainable economic development. Governor Kulongoski appointed Dr. Young to serve on the Governor’s Oregon Way Advisory Group and Governor Kitzhaber invited Dr. Young to assist in drafting Oregon’s current economic development policy.  

In the private sector Dr. Young founded two successful, regional composting firms in New Jersey and California (described in the Wall Street Journal as “the future” of organic resources management) and co-founded the Sustainable Business Alliance, a coalition of firms interested in expanding the market for environmental technologies and design. His most recent academic publications include articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Landscape and Urban Planning, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Urban Ecosystems, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, and a chapter in the book Garden Cities to Green Cities published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. Young was recently voted President-elect of the Texas Urban Forestry Council.

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