Beard Appointed to World Resources Institute

October 2, 2015

Starting in August, Associate Professor Victoria A. Beard, CRP, will spend the next two years as the World Resources Institute (WRI) director of research for the Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Washington, DC.

WRI is a leading think tank working on environmental sustainability issues — food, water, forest, energy, climate, and cities. The Sustainable Cities Program is the largest program within the WRI. As director of research, Beard will travel to and work with 200 WRI technical staff located in China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and Washington, DC.

Beard will be the lead author of the World Sustainable Cities Report, which will bring together urban experts on the most pressing topics facing cities. Beard will also work on developing a series of sustainable city case studies, which will provide contextualized, empirical evidence that allows political leaders, policy makers, and planning practitioners to assess the transferability of best practices across urban contexts.

In addition, Beard will participate in dialogue currently underway about the United Nation's (UN) post-2015 development agenda, which will culminate in the UN's Habitat III conference on housing and sustainable urban development scheduled for October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.

"My hope is that the work I do with the Sustainable Cities Program can complement and extend some of the initiatives currently underway at Cornell," says Beard. "WRI shares similar goals with the [Mario] Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and Engaged Learning and Research." Beard is a faculty fellow at all three centers.

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