Emily Blanton

City Planning

Emily graduated from the Weitzman School of Design this Spring with a Master of City Planning degree, concentrating in Land Use and Environmental Planning. She is interested in how sustainable land use practices and decision-making processes can be improved to manage urban growth, protect water resources and open space, and reduce climate risks in a way that bolsters equitable development. During her time at Penn, she participated in an interdisciplinary research project investigating the vulnerability of coastal communities in response to increasing flooding events and the predicted migration patterns of relocating communities after natural hazards occur. She was also part of an exciting studio in Austin, TX, looking at social and environmental resiliency, equity issues and extreme weather through the lens of systems planning. 

Prior to graduate school, she worked in environmental consulting on Federal environmental policy and Brownfields redevelopment projects, merging together her interests in equitable economic development and environmental revitalization.  Outside of her academic interests, she enjoys hiking, being active outdoors, and trying to pet every dog she sees.

Multi-City Housing Insecurity Study

The Housing Initiative at Penn