CUES Director John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, was appointed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to chair the Mobility Committee for Southeast Florida and the Caribbean District Council. ULI staff is excited for Renne to take a leadership role in helping to envision a future strategy for transportation and land use policy for South Florida and to look for opportunities to expand their work to issues across the Caribbean. Renne has also been appointed to Miami-Dade County Urban Expansion Area Task Force. This group will advise the county on containing or expanding urban growth.
CUES Director John Renne, PhD, AICP contributed to an article in the Wall Street Journal on June 27, 2017: A Florida Rail Project Breaks New Ground by Heidi Mitchell. The article reports on Brightline, the private-public partnership passenger rail project which is the first of its kind built in the U.S. in a century. Read the article
A letter supporting the Wave streetcar in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, written by Dr. John Renne, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, appeared in the Sun Sentinel.
On April 25-26, the cities of Hollywood and West Palm Beach participated in the inaugural FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities to address concerns about flooding and aging infrastructure, connectivity and economic development. The FAU Incubator offers leadership and expertise based on best practices and provides guidance on developing implementable plans and policies. Watch the 2-minute video above.
2017 FAU Incubator Participants
|"The 2017 Florida Atlantic University Incubator for Sustainable and Resilient Communities allowed us to focus in on one neighborhood on the front lines of sea level rise and develop ideas that do so much more than simply solve a problem. The suggestions resulting from the incubator not only will help alleviate the burden of flooding but they do so while at the same time addressing other areas that are important for a sustainable and resilient community. The solutions enhance the natural environment and environmental quality, incorporate mobility, increase economic opportunity, and create value that will benefit the entire City, not just the neighborhood in question." -- Read the full text: Mayor Levy's letter to FAU||Mayor Josh Levy|
|"Florida Atlantic University’s 2017 Incubator for Sustainable and Resilient Communities addressed two examples of the new normal facing cities in South Florida. First, a city must grow all segments of its community in new ways that create equitable opportunities for not only existing industries but also residents. An Innovation Hub is one way to address that need. Second is Climate Change...Communities, specifically those on the coast, are considering all strategies for handling sea level rise and other climate related challenges. Cities are leading the way in to a sustainable and resilient future."-- Read the full text: Mayor Muoio's letter to FAU||Mayor Jeri Muoio|
The FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities is a program that provides mayors and municipal leaders in South Florida the opportunity to draw upon experts for creative and attainable solutions to local problems. The process allows community leaders a safe space to hash out ideas with input from our team of experts, who assist with visioning creative solutions and identifying next steps in resolving issues.
At the end of the process, the mayor and key leaders depart with the group’s short and long-term recommended actions, strategies for accomplishing those actions, and a renewed sense of optimism for implementation in their community.FAU delivers a final report and can meet with the mayor and city leaders to discuss next steps towards implementation.
Dr. John Renne, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, was cited in a recent article in The Atlantic on the possible role of self-driving cars in hurricane evacuations: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/10/self-driving-cars-evacuations/504131/. Dr. Renne has also been cited regarding hurricane evacuation recently in The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/us/hurricane-matthew-southeast-flooding.html?_r=0) and Wired (https://www.wired.com/2016/10/move-2-million-people-hurricane-matthews-way/).
Dr. John Renne, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, speaks about real estate on the Inside West Palm Beach radio show: https://soundcloud.com/barryob/iwpb-show-121416?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=email
Participant: John Renne
Article: WBEZ Public Radio – Escape From Chicago: How Long Would It Take to Evacuate?Press Date: May 23, 2016
The School of Urban and Regional Planning is very pleased to welcome John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, who has been appointed Associate Professor. Read more
Director, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions
Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Urban Design and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
School of Urban & Regional Planning
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