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Gary Binger, co-director

Gary Binger Co-Director & Lecturer
Phone: 510.643.0889
Fax: 510.643.9576
Mailing Address: 316 Wurster Hall, Berkeley CA 94720-1870

Gary Binger is Co-Director of the Center for a Sustainable California. He has been a part-time lecturer in the Department of City and Regional Planning within the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley for a number of years. He recently served as Director of the Urban Land Institute’s California Smart Growth Initiative. This program involved reaching consensus with a cross-section of California leaders on specific recommended state incentives and regulatory reforms aimed at promoting responsible land use throughout the State. A number of these recommendations have been enacted. He also has served on research teams for the Mineta Transportation Institute. Mr. Binger managed the Association of Bay Area Governments’ regional planning program for 12 years, and has been a local community development director and planning director for the cities of Del Mar and Walnut Creek in California. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association.


Robert Cervero, co-director

Robert CerveroInterim Director IURD and Professor Department of City and Regional Planning
Phone: 510.642.1695
Fax: 510.642.1641
Mailing Address: 228 Wurster Hall, Berkeley CA 94720-1850

Robert Cervero is a professor of city planning and faculty researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD), whose areas of expertise include transportation, housing, urban design, and land use in the U.S. and abroad. His 1997 book, Transit Villages in the 21st Century, presenting a clear case for transit village developments as well as the framework for implementing them, is lauded as a major contribution to planning and urban design literature. He also has conducted seminal research on jobs-housing balance, travel behavior impacts of traditional neighborhood development, and effects of transit investments on land-use patterns. He recently completed a nationwide study on transit-oriented development (TOD), assessing its benefits and costs and highlighting best practices. He is currently in the final phase of a longitudinal study of car-share programs, examining how car co-ops impacts the ways people travel and how this affects public transportation ridership, gas use, vehicle emissions, and vehicle ownership.


Matthew Brill, Staff

Matthew BrillMatthew Brill is a Masters student in the City Planning Program at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. He is working at the Volvo Center for the Future of Urban Transport, researching the role that Transit Corridors can play in shaping future development in Central Valley cities that are expected to receive HSR stations. Matthew has spent the past few years working on projects in the Bay Area and New York City related to urban sustainability. Examples include: gathering community support for a cross-town bike route in San Francisco on 17th street, assisted in the development of a master plan for San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, helped build San Francisco's first 'parklet' (conversion of parking spaces to sidewalk extensions), created a 'parklet' program and associated policies for the New York City Department of Transportation to convert parking spaces into "pop-up cafes", and contributed to the development of a neighborhood transportation redesign that touched on issues related to parking, bikes, buses, pedestrians, and cars.


Steven Lee, Staff

Steven LeeSteven Lee graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. Before returning to school, he worked as a research analyst in the private sector and then as a city planner. Currently, Steven is a concurrent degree graduate student in city planning and landscape architecture at the College of Environmental Design (CED) at UC Berkeley. After graduating from CED, Steven hopes to work as a planner-designer for an agency or firm specializing in master planning, landscape architecture, and urban design.


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