Urban Breezes Team
Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado
Petra Hurtado is the founder of Urban Breezes and based in Chicago. Petra has a PhD in urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology. She has been working as an advisor, researcher, and educator in the global urban sustainability arena for over a decade, including the nonprofit, public, private, and academic sectors. Her areas of expertise and publications include sustainable cities, smart cities, climate change mitigation and adaptation, green building, behavior change and environmental psychology, and related policy issues. She has authored and co-authored multiple books, publicly funded reports, and articles and has presented as a subject matter expert at numerous conferences across the globe. Petra teaches on urban sustainability and environmental psychology at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria) and is a guest lecturer at Loyola University Chicago (USA) and the Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar (Colombia). (click here for more information about Petra)
Helen Santiago Fink
Helen Santiago Fink is a climate urbanist, researcher, and consultant, based in Washington, D.C. She works at the intersection of the social, natural, and physical sciences. Her 25+ years of professional experience bring multi-disciplinary expertise in sustainable development, climate change mitigation/adaptation and resilience, urban (systems) planning, energy-efficient buildings, and community and economic development. Helen has worked at the global, national, and local scale as technical advisor and program manager for organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Helen’s publications highlight how nature-based solutions can accelerate urban sustainability and climate resilience (click here for more information about Helen)
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