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Robert Taylor

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Center for Environmental & Life Sciences 414
BA, Washington University
PhD, St. Louis University
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Responsible for teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in the following specialties: Sustainability Policy and Management; Urban Environmental Studies; Best Practices for Sustainable Planning and Management of Cities; Green Technologies. Administrative responsibilities are: Advisor for doctoral students in Environmental Management; and the Director of the Sustainability Science Program.


Specialties are in: urban environmental management;sustainability planning for global cities; environmental policy; sustainability science; and environmental communications.



Research Projects

Urban Rooftop Hydroponics for Global Cities in the Tropics (2011-present)

Funded by the Angelo King Foundation and done in collaboration with the Department of Biology De La Salle University, Manila Philippines and results recently published in the OIDA Journal of Sustainable Development.

Food security will be a challenge for global cities in emerging economies. Traffic congestion, rising fuel prices, and poor road and logistical infrastructure has produced a problem in transporting agriculture from rural areas to urban markets where people reside and where the food is consumed. Urban roof agriculture is being explored in various global cities as a method to increase food security, enhance environmental awareness and as a key strategy for urban sustainability. This research project addresses the capacity of cities to reduce both their ecological and carbon footprints through utilizing under-used roof space in larger global cities in tropical global cities in the Tropics.The methods developed demonstrate the capacity to minimize the ecological and carbon footprints of growing lettuce and micro greens by saving transportation and logistical costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water, and saving energy costs by using solar panels as a power source for pumps and aerators.

Strategies and Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2013)

Funded by the Vietnam Educational Foundation - The development of a series of pilot projects to address climate change adaptation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment.