About the Authors
Michael R. Boswell, Ph.D., AICP
Michael R. Boswell is a Professor of City & Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. He has a Master of Science (M.S.P.) and Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning from The Florida State University. He has published on topics such as climate action planning, hazard mitigation, adaptive management and governance, local government planning and decision-making, and sustainable development. He is lead author of the book Local Climate Action Planning published by Island Press. Dr. Boswell currently serves as an expert advisor on ‘Guiding Principles for City Climate Action Planning’ for the UN-Habitat Cities and Climate Change Initiative and attended the UN climate conference in Paris (COP 21) to launch the report. Dr. Boswell worked as a professional planner for Brevard County, Florida, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. His public service leadership includes having served on the board of the San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition and as a member and Chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Planning Commission.
Adrienne Greve, Ph.D.
Dr. Adrienne Greve is an Associate Professor in the City & Regional Planning Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo. Recently, she collaborated with a World Bank team working on climate-smart capital investment planning in Kampala, Uganda and, much closer to home, is leading development of the Cal Poly Climate Action Plan. She served as a Visiting Research Professor at the Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems at Kyoto University in 2013 & 2014. Prior to her time in Japan, Adrienne served as project manager for development of a Climate Adaptation Planning Guide for the California Office of Emergency Services and authored a book titled Local Climate Action Planning (2012) in collaboration with two co-authors. Dr. Greve has also been awarded contracts to develop local climate action plans (CAPs) as part of the two-quarter studio sequence at Cal Poly: City of Benicia, CA, City of San Luis Obispo, CA, and California Polytechnic State University. She holds a PhD in Urban Design and Planning from the University of Washington, a master's degree in Bioresource Engineering from Colorado State University, and a bachelor's degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. In the past, Adrienne worked as a surface water hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey.
Tammy L. Seale, M.S.P.
Tammy Seale is a principal with Michael Baker International and director of the Sustainability and Climate Change Services team. She has over 20 years of experience of environmental and land use planning experience as a practitioner, researcher, and educator. Ms. Seale is a leader in the field, working to inform and expand the practice and provide practical, effective, and sustainable strategies to address climate change in communities. She manages the team’s administrative, marketing, and business development functions and oversees collaborative preparation of comprehensive environmental and land use planning projects, specializing in sustainability, climate change, and renewable energy. She has overseen the preparation of more than 50 climate and energy action plans. In addition, Ms. Seale contributes to the profession through service, research, teaching, and practice. She is also a frequent presenter and discussant at local, regional, state, and national conferences, seminars, courses, and special lectures on sustainability, resiliency, and local climate action planning. Ms. Seale is actively involved in service to the planning profession and collaborates with her colleagues, professional associations, and academic institutions to pursue research, publication, and curriculum development focused on local climate action planning. Ms. Seale is also a co-author, with Michael R. Boswell and Adrienne I. Greve, of Local Climate Action Planning, the first guidebook for preparation of local climate action plans to address reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change impacts.