Brian Stone, Jr.
Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning
Phone: (404) 894-6488Fax: (404) 894-1628Office location: 245 4th Street NW Room 204G
Brian Stone teaches in the areas of urban environmental planning, integrated land use and transportation planning, and planning history and theory. Stone's program of research is focused on the spatial drivers of urban environmental phenomena, with an emphasis on air quality and climate change, and is supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other funding institutions. He is Director of the Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining the Georgia Tech faculty, he taught in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Stone's work on urbanization and climate change recently has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and in print media outlets such as Forbes and USA Today. He is author of the forthcoming book from Cambridge University Press, The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live. Stone holds degrees in environmental management and planning from Duke University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
2001 - Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning), Georgia Institute of Technology
1996 - M.E.M (Environmental Management), Duke University
1993 - A.B. (English), Duke University
- Environmental Planning
- Transportation Planning
- Urban Design
Stone, B., Vargo, J., Liu, P., Hu, Y., & Russell, A. Climate change adaptation through urban heat management in Atlanta, Georgia. Environmental Science & Technology, in press.
- Vargo, J., Habeeb, D. & Stone, B. (2013). The importance of land cover change across urban rural typologies for climate modeling. Journal of Environmental Management, 114: 243-52.
- Stone, B. (2012). The City and the Coming Climate. Cambridge University Press
- Vargo, Jason, Stone, Brian Jr., and Glanz, Karen. 2012. “Google Walkability: A New Tool for Local Planning and Public Health Research?" Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9: 689-697
- B. Stone, J. Vargo, and D. Habeeb. (2012) Managing Climate Change in Cities: Will Climate Action Plans Work? Landscape and Urban Planning, in 28(3): 263-271
- Peng, Liu, Tsimpidi, Alexandra, Hu, Youngtao, Stone, Brian, Russell, Armistead, Nenes, Athanasios. 2012. “Differences Between Downscaling with Spectral and Grid Nudging Using WRF.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12: 1191-1213.
- Grabow, Maggie, Spak, Scott, Holloway, Tracey, Stone, Brian, Mednick, Adam, and Patz, Jonathan. 2011. “Air Quality and Health Benefits from Reduced Car Travel in the Midwestern United States.” Environmental Health Perspectives, 120: 68-76.
- Stone B., Hess J. J., & Frumkin H. (2010). Urban Form and Extreme Heat Events: Are Sprawling Cities more Vulnerable to Climate Change than Compact Cities?. Environmental Health Perspectives doi:10.1289/ehp.0901879
- Stone Jr, B. (2009). Land Use as Climate Change Mitigation. Environmental Science & Technology, 43, 9052-9056.doi:10.1021/es902150g
- Stone Jr, B., Mednick, A., Holloway, T., & Spak, S. (2009). Mobile Source CO2 Mitigation Through Smart Growth Development and Vehicle Fleet Hybridization. Environmental Science & Technology, 43(6), 1704-1710. doi:10.1021/es8021655
- Stone Jr, B. (2008). Climate Change and Place Roundtable Discussion. Places, 20(2), 68-73.
- Stone Jr, B. (2008). Urban Sprawl and Air Quality in Large US Cities. Journal of Environmental Management, 86(4), 688-698. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2006.12.034
- Stone Jr, B. (2007). Urban and Rural Temperature Trends in Proximity to Large U.S. Cities: 1951-2000. International Journal of Climatology 27(13), 1801-1807. doi:10.1002/joc.1555
- Stone Jr, B., Mednick, A., Holloway, T., & Spak, S. (2007). Is Compact Growth Good for Air Quality? Journal of the American Planning Association, 73(4), 404-418. doi:10.1080/01944360708978521
- Stone, Brian Jr. and Norman, John M. 2006. “Land Use Planning and Surface Heat Island Formation: A Parcel-Based Radiation Flux Approach”, in Atmospheric Environment, 40, p. 3561-3573.
- Stone, Brian Jr. and Bullen, Jessica L. 2006. “Urban Form and Watershed Management: How Zoning Influences Stormwater Volumes”, in Environment and Planning: Part B, 33, p. 21-37.
- Stone, Brian Jr. 2006. Physical Planning and Urban Heat Island Formation: How Cities Change Regional Climates, in Smart Growth and Climate Change: Regional Development, Infrastructure and Adaptation, M. Ruth (ed.), Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, pp. 318-341.
- Chi, Guangqing and Stone, Brian Jr. 2005. “Sustainable Transport Planning: Estimating the Ecological Footprint of Vehicle Travel in Future Years”, in Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 131, p. 170-180.
- Stone, Brian Jr. 2005. “Urban Heat and Ozone Formation: An Emerging Role for Planners in the Climate Change Debate”, in Journal of the American Planning Association, 71, p. 13-25.
- Impact of Climate-Responsive Design on Heat-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Large U.S. Cities: 2010-2050, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010-2012
- Measuring the Role of the Built Environment as an Effect Modifier of Climate Change and Mortality, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009
- Urban Sprawl and Excessive Heat Events, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008
- Atlantic Station Employee Health Study: Measures of the Built Environment , U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008
- Modeling the Effects of Land Use and Technology Change on Future Air Quality in the Upper Midwestern United States, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2005-2008
- Modeling the Effects of Landscape Change on Regional Vehicle Travel, Ozone Formation, and Remote Forest Effects, U.S. Forest Service, 2005
- CP 6012 Planning Theory and History | This course seeks to examine historic and contemporary debates over the role and function of planning and the implications of these debates for planning practice and to analyze the role and effectiveness of planning in resolving contemporary urban problems. The management of urban growth, the alleviation of poverty, and the protection of environmental values all require a response in the midst of the dynamic interactions that occur in cities and regions. This course provides a comprehensive exposure to the challenges that planners have historically faced and to the alternative views developed to help us select an appropriate planning strategy grounded in our history and theory. This course is required of all CRP students.
- CP 6213 Urban Environmental Planning and Design | This course provides an introduction to the field of environmental planning and is structured as both a seminar and a practicum. In the seminar component of the course, assigned readings and group discussions explore the potential for ecology to provide a general theoretical basis for urban planning. The practicum component of the course consists of GIS lab sessions and a series of site visits designed to introduce students to a range of spatial analysis and remote sensing techniques that may be utilized to develop and incorporate ecological criteria into the physical plan making process. This course is one of two required classes for students specializing in Environmental Planning.
- CP 6331 Land Use and Transportation Interactions | The objectives of this course are to develop a theoretical basis for understanding the decentralization of urban form during the course of the 20th century and, building on this foundation, to assess the implications of future transportation and land use decisions for urban growth and environmental quality. Readings and assignments are selected to apply a distinct theoretical lens to successive historical eras of American city development and to provide students with a conceptual framework through which to assess the implications of planning policies for spatial and behavioral changes within cities.
- Gretchen T. Goldman, May 2011, Characterization and Impact of Ambient Air Pollutant Measurement Error in Time-Series Epidemiologic Studies, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Mark R. Stevens, May 2005, Effectiveness Beliefs of Planning Practitioners, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Paul R. Denholm, May 2004, Environmental and Policy Analysis of Renewable Enabling Technologies, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Paul J. Meier, May 2002, Life-Cycle Assessment of Electricity Generation Systems and Applications for Climate Change Policy Analysis, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Recent Theses and Masters Research Papers Supervised
- Matt DeVeau (2011). Strategies to Address the Climatic Barriers to Walkable, Transit-Oriented Communities in Florida. SCRP Master's Thesis Option Paper.
- David Barg. (2011). Optimization of Distributed Generation Using Sustianable Energy Technologies in California. SCRP Master's Thesis Option Paper.
- Joseph Staubes (2010). How Effective are Complete Streets at Increasing Bking and Walking? SCRP Master's Thesis Option Paper.
- Ermis Zayas (2010). Tightening the Spigot: Water Conservation Implementation in the Atlanta Metrpolitan Area. SCRP Master's Thesis Option Paper.
- Brian Smart (2009). The Atlanta Regional Urban Heat Island Mitigation Plan. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Marisa Lang (2009). What Characteristics of Atlanta Communities Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled and other Travel Characteristics. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Jason Vargo (2009). The Relationship of Parks with Leisure Time Physical Activity Among Adults in Bogota, Colombia. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Mary Kaiser (2009). Dedicated Bicycle Corridor: Putting Bicycling First. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Bradley Davis (2008). Urban Agriculture: Literature Review and Sustainability Analysis for Community Garden Sites in Atlanta, GA. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Brian Jacobs (2008). Quality of Life Assessment: Involuntarily Displaced Residents. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Mattew Vivian (2007). Commuter Bicycle Facilities in Atlanta. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Ben Giles (2007). Parking Requirements in the Atlanta Ordinance. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Crystal Jackson (2006). Sustainable South River Greenway. CRP Master’s Thesis Option Paper.
- Maia Saffell (2006). Green Roof Mitigation of the Urban Heat Island Phenomenon and Stormwater Runoff. CRP Masters Thesis Option Paper.