Bio of John Duffy

Mr. Duffy has over 25 years experience at the local government level serving as Planning Director and Borough Manager. During John’s time in local government he prepared numerous community and related functional plans as well as special purpose plans such as transportation, lake management nd economic development plans. He also has considerable experience in developing zoning and subdivision codes. His work also involved obtaining the funding of capital projects in excess of $650 million, to include major transportation improvement and school construction projects.

In addition, Mr. Duffy served on EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee where he chaired the Indicators and Military workgroups. These workgroups provided advice to EPA on environmental metrics, climate change, and issue related to formally used defense sites. John also served on EPA’s Committee responsible for developing advice on the environmental protocols of North American Free Trade Agreement.

John is presently a PhD candidate with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His doctoral research seeks better understanding of those variables associated with local government pursuit of sustainability, resilience, and climate change adaptation. This knowledge will provide guidance on how to encourage the more than90,000 local governments in the United States to actively pursue efforts to build adaptive capacity, resilience, and sustainability at the community level.

John is an AICP, has a MUPP from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialty in transportation policy. He is also a credentialed manager with the International City/County Manager’s Association.