Adrienne Greve, PhD

Adrienne Greve, PhD applies urban planning principles to the study of resiliency and climate change

Adrienne Greve applies urban planning principles to the study of resiliency and climate change (both greenhouse gas reduction and climate adaptation). Her planning work includes preparation of the State of California Adaptation Planning Guide (2012) as Project Director, which is now cited as a national model for use by municipal government in preparing climate adapted plans and projects (vulnerability assessment to strategy development and implementation).

Current Work

She is currently serving as Project Climate Change Advisor for the 2018 California State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Adrienne also serves as the resilience consultant for the World Bank on Climate-Smart Capital Investment Planning, part of the Credit Worthiness Initiative. She has conducted assessment and staff training in communities in Uganda and Tanzania, as well as presented as part of an international training workshop, the World Bank Planning Academy. With students at Cal Poly, she has completed climate action plans for the City of Benicia, City of San Luis Obispo, and the Cal Poly campus.

Dr. Greve’s work appears in a range of publications including books (e.g. Local Climate Action Planning); book chapters (Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction and Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities – Strategies, Methods and Outlook); professional reports for various organizations such as ChangeLab Solutions and the World Bank; and in various academic journals such as the Journal of the American Planning Association and Urban Ecosystems.


Dr. Greve is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She was visiting Research Professor at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoko University, Japan. Dr. Greve holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design and Planning. This is part of the National Science Foundation Urban Ecology Program. Prior to pursuing a career in planning, Dr. Greve served as a surface water hydrologist for the US Geological Survey. She holds a master’s in Bioresource Engineering from Colorado State University. Dr. Greve also has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University.

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