Dr. Austin Troy
Austin Troy, PhD addresses issues at the intersection of urban planning and environmental sustainability using tools such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial statistics. In addition to being Professor and Chair at the University of Colorado Denver in the Department of Planning and Design, he is Principal and Co-founder of Spatial Informatics Group, LLC, where he focuses on projects related to ecosystem services assessment, spatial modeling and urban sustainability. He has written dozens of journal articles and is author of The Very Hungry City (Yale University Press, 2012), which looks at how cities consume energy, what makes some cities more efficient than others, and what rising global energy prices will mean for cities. Before coming to Colorado, he worked for twelve years as a faculty member in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at University of Vermont, where he also directed the Transportation Research Center. Additionally, for the last ten years he has been a co-principal investigator of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, one of the National Science Foundation’s two urban Long-Term Ecological Research projects, and he served for four years as a planning commissioner for the city of Burlington VT. He was educated at Yale College (B.A.—anthropology), Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (Master of Forestry), and University of California Berkeley (Ph.D.—Environmental Science, Policy and Management).