A paper exploring planning strategies for adapting to global
climate change, by Himanshu Grover, a master of urban planning
student at Texas A&M, has recently earned two special recognitions.
Grover’s work earned the “Best Paper Award,” in
a special session on Global Climate Change at the Ecological
Integration Student Research Symposium help April 1 at Texas
A&M. Additionally, Grover was invited to present the paper
at the Planners for Tomorrow Forum (P4T), in June 2006 at the
University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Grover’s paper included research conducted by the Environment
Planning and Sustainability Research Unit (EPSRU) of the Hazard
Reduction and Recovery Center at the Texas A&M University
College of Architecture. The research was supported by the Institute
for Science, Technology & Public Policy at the Bush School
of Government and Public Service, also at Texas A&M.
“While the recent scientific findings validate the changing
climate, the field of urban planning has so far remained insensitive
to the issue,” Grover said. “This research incorporates
climate change research within local planning initiatives for
urban sustainability, and identifies specific tools and measures
that can help urban settlements adapt to changing climate.”
A native of India, Grover earned a bachelor’s degree in
physical planning at School of Planning and Architecture in New
Delhi. He worked for six years with a non-governmental organization
in India before beginning urban planning studies at Texas A&M.
The MUP program, he said, “offers a unique opportunity
to integrate research on urban and regional planning, natural
hazard management and sustainability. ”
This June’s P4T Forum in Vancouver, is the annual meeting
of the Canadian Association of Planning Students CAPS. This year,
CAPS invited planning students from around the world to help
generate student recommendations that were presented at the World
Planners Congress and the United Nation ’s World Urban
Form on Planners for Tomorrow, both held in June 2006.