Dr. William Solecki's research focuses on the urban environmental change and urban land use and suburbanization. Solecki currently is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at Hunter College – CUNY. He has served on several U.S. National Research Councils committees including the Special Committee on Problems in the Environment (SCOPE). He currently is a member of the International Geographical Union (IGU) Megacity Study Group and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP), Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Scientific Steering Committee. He currently serves (has served) as the co-leader of several climate impacts and land use studies in the New York metropolitan region, including the Metropolitan East Coast Assessment of Impacts of Potential Climate Variability and Change. He holds in degrees in Geography from Columbia University (BA) and Rutgers University (MA, Ph.D).
Solecki also serves as the Interim Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities. This Institute seeks to create awareness and understanding of the connections between the everyday lives of urban citizens and their natural world, leading to the discovery and use of cities like New York as a learning laboratory to create a sustainable future for cities worldwide. The core projects of the Institute, focusing on climate change and energy use, consumption of resources, and cities by the coast, hone in on central issues of societal concern. The Institute brings together scientists, researchers, educators and students at the forefront of study in these areas to create cutting edge primary research for publication, presentation, and teaching use. In addition to producing new scientific knowledge, the core projects also produce policy recommendations, journal articles, and discussion papers, all available to our students, educators, and the public through our website and office. Through workshops, seminars, lectures and discussions featuring some of the most prominent members of the environmental community, the Institute reaches out to a broad student audience, seeking to change the way people think about the environment.