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Daniel A. Rodriguez awarded distinguished professorship in city planning
He was also named director for the Center for Sustainable Community Design
(Chapel Hill, N.C.—Aug. 27, 2014) – Daniel A. Rodriguez has been named the Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Community Design in the department of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The professorship was established to support cutting-edge research in sustainable development.
Rodriguez also joins the UNC Institute for the Environment as director of its Center for Sustainable Community Design. Institute Director Larry Band announced the appointment, effective July 1. The center informs, educates and builds societal capacity to move communities toward sustainable design through research and outreach.
Rodriguez is an expert in transportation planning, public transit and transportation policy. His research focuses on the relationship between transportation and the built environment, specifically how each affects planning choices about the other. Rodriguez also directs the Carolina Transportation Program.
Band expects Rodriguez’s background will contribute a great deal toward the Institute’s mission of solving local to global challenges. “Daniel’s expertise studying the complex issues of land use, transportation and environmental health impacts will be a tremendous asset for the institute and will assist in increasing collaboration and engagement on these multi-disciplinary issues,” Band said.
Rodriguez has a doctorate from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and has been a member of the UNC City and Regional Planning faculty since 2001. He also serves as an adjunct faculty with the Department of Epidemiology and is a faculty fellow with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center.
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