Susan Alvarez, Hunt Institute Fellow

Susan Alvarez joins the Hunt Institute as a Fellow, bringing her expertise in civil engineering and environmental planning to solve sustainability issues within the Dallas area.

Ms. Alvarez is serving as the Assistant Director of the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, with a minor in geology from Rice University, and postgraduate work in water resources. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and 5 other western states, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and Master Naturalist in Texas. Ms. Alvarez brings over 40 years’ experience in broad practical experience in civil and environmental planning, engineering, and management for municipal, tribal, state and federal governments. She is currently focused on implementing the Comprehensive Environmental & Climate Action Plan, the Food & Urban Agriculture Plan, the City’s participation in the City Business Climate Alliance and other related efforts.

When asked what her motivation is for doing impact work she replied, “I would say that I absolutely want to make a positive impact on my community.  Additionally, as I look at the science of climate change, I have come to understand two things: one, is that those communities that are the least able to deal with climate impacts will be the folks that are most impacted, and two, that the clock is ticking on our ability to forestall those predicted impacts; we collectively need to be doing as much as we can, as soon as we can”

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