Michael Boswell, a Cal Poly professor of city and regional planning, was chosen to participate in a United Nations program designed to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements and shelter for mankind, according to Cal Poly officials.
The meeting, called Guidelines for City Climate Action Plans, took place in Oslo, Norway, in conjunction with the U.N.-Habitat 2015 Cities and Climate Change Initiative advisory committee meeting.
Boswell was chosen based on his experience and knowledge of local climate action planning, specifically in relation to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as planning and policy for climate adaptation.
Many cities, particularly in developing countries, don’t have climate action plans, which help reduce environmental hazards and better position cities to thrive “economically, environmentally and socially,” Boswell said in a statement.
Boswell is developing a set of guidelines and recommendations for presentation at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year.