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Policy Expert Peter Linquiti to Direct George Washington University’s Environmental Resource Policy Graduate Program

December 04, 2012

Latarsha Gatlin
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Michelle Sherrard
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WASHINGTON—Peter Linquiti, an expert on public policies relating to air quality, climate change, hazardous and solid waste, drinking water, risk assessment, and new “green” technologies, has been named Director of Graduate Studies of George Washington University’s Environmental Resource Policy Graduate Program. Dr. Linquiti’s appointment begins effective January 1, 2013.  

“I am delighted to be taking a leadership role in the ENRP program,” said Dr. Linquiti. “I was drawn to the program because of its commitment to interdisciplinary environmental analysis.  In addition, the program is a strong one, thanks in large measure to the current leadership team— Dr. Henry Teng and Dr. Cathy Forster— and to the work of a faculty committee that revamped the curriculum three years ago.”

Dr. Linquiti is a visiting professor at GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Formerly, he served as executive vice president of ICF International, a global consulting firm focused on energy and environmental policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from GW and a Master’s in Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

The Environmental Resource Policy Program, which is housed in GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. Combining perspectives that include science, economics, law, and public policy, the graduate program prepares students to enter careers in the field of environmental policy or to proceed to doctoral-level work in connected academic disciplines.

“I have learned over my 25 year career that few, if any, important environmental challenges can be met if we look only through the lens afforded by a single discipline,” said Linquiti. “In an increasingly complex world, with deep and subtle connections between human activity and environmental conditions, our graduates can draw on their cross-cutting training to analyze and understand issues like climate change, fracking, urban sustainability, and the environmental impacts of industries like transportation, agriculture, and energy.”

“Dr. Linquiti is an exciting addition to this program,” said Tara Ghoshal Wallace, associate dean for graduate studies at Columbian College and a professor of English. “His knowledge of both the academic and professional worlds will be immensely valuable to our students.”

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Established in 1821 in the heart of the nation’s capital, The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of GW’s academic units. It encompasses the School of Media and Public Affairs, the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration and more than 40 departments and programs for undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. The Columbian College provides the foundation for GW’s commitment to the liberal arts and a broad education for all students. An internationally recognized faculty and active partnerships with prestigious research institutions place Columbian College at the forefront in advancing policy, enhancing culture and transforming lives through research and discovery.