Christopher Franklin | Environmental Planning
Master's of Regional Planning | University at Albany, SUNY | Albany, NY | Expected May 2012
Bachelor of Arts | Sociology | Clark University | Worcester, MA | May 2006
Internships, Experience & Awards
Outstanding Student Project Award, Fall 2011 I Upstate APA
"Kinderhook Stuyvesant, NY Stockport Intermunicipal Trail Feasibility Study"
Multifamily Performance Program Intern I NYSERDA I November 2011 - Current
has worked with the MPP department to coordinate energy audits for
multifamily buildings throughout NYS, as well as GIS mapping for the
Transportation Intern I Capital District Transportation Committee I October 2011-March 2012
During his 5 months at CDTC, Chris led data collection/traffic analysis for 30 sites under New Vision 2035 Improvements Program; Prepare neighborhood mobility impacts assessment for 787-Enchancement Study; and developed GIS mapping for Town of Schodack Long-Range Land Use Development Plan
Research Assistant | University at Albany | December 2009 - September 2010
A central part of this 2-year study, under Professor Kate Lawson, Chris designed and led six focus
groups comprised of UAlbany faculty, staff, and students to achieve single occupancy
vehicle reduction among campus commuters. Upon these finding from both a 2000-person survey and the 6 focus groups, he both wrote chapters for each section and authored
a Best Practices chapter guiding project improvements for future studies.
is passionate about the current issues of
climate crisis and sustainability facing our world, and loves studying
what most rarely consider: solid waste. His goal is to work towards a
Zero-Waste society, centered around recycling, reuse, composting,
producer responsibility, and educated consumerism. He also seeks the
goal of a carbon-neutral lifestyle, and wishes to work
with national and international policy makers as well as local city and
university leaders towards implementing those changes in a sustainable
and equitable manner.
Thesis/Research Paper Topic
will complete his Masters Research Paper on Barriers to Waste
Reduction; focusing specifically on issues of convenience, and is using
local case studies such as UAlbany and State Government to measure how
convenience plays a role in user interactions.