Dr. Douglas Meffert is the Eugenie Schwartz Professor of River & Coastal Studies, Director of Project Development at Tulane University Law School’s Payson Center for International Development where he serves as the environmental lead at Tulane’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy.
He is also Director of Tulane’s RiverSphere ” a new initiative fostering green jobs in water resource management and renewable energy through testing and development of hydrokinetic energy systems in the Mississippi River. Meffert received his undergraduate engineering and a master in business degrees at Tulane University and Doctorate of Environmental Science & Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Recent awards include a 2007 joint Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA where he currently serves as a faculty associate and, in 2009, an award of excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. Dr. Meffert has more than 20 years of research, policy development, project management and practice related to urban sustainability, climate change adaptation, disaster recovery, and coastal restoration and protection domestically and internationally. Relevant certificates include charrette facilitation from the University of Miami and land use negotiation from the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He currently serves as the New Orleans coordinator for the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Urban Biosphere program, which is dedicated to intellectual exchange and research to promote resilience and sustainability of urban ecosystems worldwide. He also serves or has served as technical advisor and community and stakeholder outreach coordinator for a variety of city, regional, and state planning efforts on urban, coastal, and water management plans including, but not limited to, the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, the Sustainability Systems Working Group for the New Orleans Master Plan, the Louisiana Coastal Protection Restoration Authority’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan, the United Houma Nation, the U.S. Department of State’s Wetland Eco-Partnership program and a variety of neighborhood disaster recovery plans.