H. PLATT, a geographer and lawyer, is a professor in the Department
of Geosciences and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His writing, teaching, and
research have focused on diverse issues in urban land use and water
resource management, natural hazards, and urban ecology.
1999, Dr. Platt has been developing the Ecological
Cities Project (ECP), a national program of research and outreach
on urban greenspaces, urban watersheds, and urban habitat issues based
at UMass Amherst. In June 2002, the project organized a national conference
in New York City: The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the
21st Century. An edited book with the same title based on presentations
at the conference will be published by The University of Massachuseets
Press in 2006.
Cities Project is currently conducting a study of comparative regional
experience in urban watershed management under a grant from the National
Science Foundation. Other support for the ECP has been provided by the
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Wyomissing Foundation, Mr. Laurance
S. Rockefeller, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service.
is a graduate of Yale University and holds a J.D. (law) and Ph.D. (Geography)
from the University of Chicago and is a Member of the Illinois Bar. In
2001 he was named a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies
in honor of his service on eight committees of the National Research Council
(NRC), three times as chair. As of 2003, he serves as a member of the
NRC Water Science and Technology Board and its Committee on Water Quality
Improvement in the Pittsburgh Area. He is a member of the Cosmos Club
of Washington DC and is listed in Who's Who in America.
Land Use and Society: Geography, Law,
and Public Policy, Revised Edition (Island Press, 2004).
and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events (Island Press,
and Muick (eds.). The Ecological
City: Preserving and Restoring Urban Biodiversity (University of
Massachusetts Press, 1994).
Whyte: Visionary for a Humane Metropolis" Landlines Lincoln Institute
of Land Policy (Jan. 2003).
of the North Carolina Coast After Hurricane Fran: Did Regulations Matter?"
Coastal Management (2002)
and Pfeffer, "A Full, Clean Glass: Managing New York City's Watersheds."
Environment 42 (5): 8-19, 2000.
Disasters, Politics, and Property Rights in the U. S." Earth Matters:
State of the Planet (Winter): 58-61, 1999.
J. Kendra, "The Sears Island Saga: Law in Search of Geography."
Economic Geography. AAG Annual Meeting, Special Issue, pp. 46-51, 1998.
2020 Water Supply Study for Metropolitan Boston: Demise of Diversion"
Journal of the American Planning Association, 61 (2): 185-197, 1995.
of Coastal Hazards Policies in the United States" Coastal Management
22: 265-284, 1995.
T, Beatley, and H. C. Miller, 1991. "The Folly at Folly Beach and
Other Failings of U.S. Coastal Erosion Policy", Environment 33(9):
Address: ""Regreening the Metropolis: Pathways to More Ecological
Cities." Urban Biosphere and Society: Partnership of Cities, sponsored
by Columbia University and UNESCO (CUBES). New York Academy of Sciences,
October 29-30, 2003.
Address: "Regreening the Metropolis: Pathways to More Ecological
Cities." 7th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference: Milwaukee's Urban
Environment - Cultivating the Ecological City, sponsored by the University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, May
26, 2004. (Ecological
Cities Project collaborated with local sponsor in organizing this conference).
Address: "Water and Cities: New Directions in Urban Watershed Management."
Conference on The Confluence of Water, Society, and Ecological Design,
organized by City of Chicago and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Chicago, IL, June 9, 2004.
Lecture: "Regreening the Metropolis: Pathways to More Ecological
Cities." League of Women Voters of Greater Houston Area, General
Meeting. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, November 11, 2004
Speech: "New York City Istanbul: Comparative Response to Rapid
Growth." Workshop on Urban Biosphere Reserves: Potentials of Istanbul
organized by UNESCO/TUBITAK/ITU/UMASS (Ecological Cities Project), ITU
Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul, Turkey, January 31-February 1, 2005.
"Urban Watershed Management" at Water Matters Conference,
Mount Holyoke College, March 31-April 1, 2005.
Address: "Learning from Disasters: The Synergy of Law and Geography."
Nation on Edge Symposium. University of San Diego Law School, February
17, 2005. (Same talk presented at MIT, Pace University Law School, and
New York Municipal Art Society.)