Jairo Garcia, Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Jairo Garcia has extensive experience in developing strategies to make cities sustainable, resilient, and equitable, including the implementation of innovative technologies, socio-economic policies, and educational programs. Dr. Garcia’s research focuses on using elements of spatial data analysis for ecological assessments to identify climate vulnerabilities for risk analysis.
Dr. Garcia led the development of the City of Atlanta Climate Action Plan and the application to the 100 Resilience Cities grant, awarded to the city in 2016. In 2015, the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) recognized Dr. Garcia for the quality of his GHG reports as one of the top-ten worldwide. He co-chaired the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) Reporting Task Force, which goal is to assist cities in the US and Canada with GHG emissions reporting and communications.
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and the EPA presented the 2017 Individual Climate Leadership Award to Dr. Garcia in recognition of his leadership in engaging organizations, peers, and partners to address climate change. He represented the Mayor of Atlanta at COP23 in Bonn, Germany and was invited by the International Urban Cooperation Programme to participate in discussions about global cooperation to address climate change.
Dr. Garcia’s publications in urban sustainability, climate change, and sustainability education are numerous. He has performed research in sustainability metrics and climate change risk analysis for the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Garcia has held adjunct faculty and thesis advisor positions at Concordia University, and an instructor position for the UCLA-Extension program in Global Sustainability. He holds a bachelors degree in engineering, an MSc in Management of Information Technologies, an MSc in Sustainability Management, and a Doctoral degree in Educational Technology and Sustainability.