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Joshua Sperling

About Me

Josh is an NSF-funded IGERT fellow in the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure program at UC-Denver. He completed his masters in sustainable infrastructure systems in 2011 with a focus on coupled city carbon and water budgets and transitioned into his PhD soon after, with a preliminary research focus on the integration of engineering, planning, and policy as it relates to climate change; healthy cities; sustainable urban infrastructure systems development and management; and urban poverty alleviation strategies.

Since joining the IGERT program in 2009, Josh has worked with the World Bank as part of a team of four international faculty and four PhD students on Proceedings of the Urban Research Symposium on Cities and Climate Change, with ICLEI South Asia on sustainable infrastructure planning interventions for two rapidly-developing cities in India (Coimbatore and Rajkot), with Rocky Mountain Institute on the Living City Block initiative, and on a carbon footprint and sustainable energy planning project for the City of Golden in Colorado.

Prior to joining the IGERT program, Josh worked professionally as a planner and engineer at global firm Arup on several sustainable development and infrastructure planning projects in the United States, Australia, Chile, Mexico, and Canada. Josh first joined Arup’s Sustainable Technologies Group in 2006 as a US exchange student at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia followed by placements with Arup in Melbourne, San Francisco, and most recently New York (from 2007-2009).
Josh has been invited as a visiting research fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) School of Property, Construction, and Project Management (in 2006) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) – Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (in 2005). Throughout the past seven years, Josh has also been active with Engineers Without Borders-International (EWB-I), a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. Through this involvement, and through a volunteer role as the Americas region co-organizer of the Arup Poverty Action Network, he has developed a broad portfolio of international experiences, skills sets, and project management expertise. One of his recent volunteer assignments was Cyclone Sidr rehabilitation work and climate change planning with the world’s largest NGO, BRAC, in the most affected (and vulnerable) districts of Southern Bangladesh.

Josh hopes to leverage all his interests and experiences with the great opportunities offered by the unique, innovative, and interdisciplinary IGERT program at University of Colorado Denver.