John Urgo


John is a Master of City Planning candidate at UC Berkeley with a concentration in transportation planning. His studies focus on land use, transportation, and pricing policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from automobile use. He is currently working for Berkeley Law School’s Center for Law, Energy and Environment researching how local governments can overcome legal barriers and liability issues related to resource efficient street design. Prior to graduate school, John organized environmental campaigns in Nebraska and Pennsylvania as a Green Corps fellow, and was the Outreach Director for the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah, where he lobbied, ran citizen trainings, and organized thousands on campaigns to protect public health and promote clean energy policies. Organizing is at the heart of John’s commitment to the environment, as he believes long run environmental protection is as much about building power for people as it is about any particular issue. He plans to use his organizing background and planning degree to work with local governments to reduce energy use tied to the built environment, and to create communities in which greenhouse gas reductions become a matter of self-interest rather than self-sacrifice. John has a B.A. in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College.

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Fellow at a Glance

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University of California Berkeley, MS
Current Position:
Transportation Planner
AC Transit
Architecture & Urban Planning
1515 Alice Street, Apt. 20
Oakland, California 94612

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