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About George Homsy

George's research centers on sustainability and local government policymaking. He explores the drivers of sustainability policy change and the results of implementation. His interest lies in small- to medium-size cities and towns. He is the co-principal investigator (with Dr. Mildred Warner, Cornell University) on a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture examining the ways that rural communities implement and balance the environmental, economic and equity dimensions of sustainability. With Dr. Siobhan Hart (Department of Anthropology, Binghamton University), George is exploring the nexus of heritage and sustainability, especially at the neighborhood level. George frequently links his academic research to practice through collaborations with the International City/County Management Association and the American Planning Association.
Before returning to Cornell University for his PhD, George was a planning consultant helping small- and medium-sized municipalities create environmentally and economically sustainable communities. He began his investigation of local governments and sustainability as a journalist with the public radio newsmagazine Living on Earth, which he co-founded and co-produced. Subsequently, as a freelance journalist, he wrote for Planning and Tomorrow magazines as well as National Public Radio, CBS Radio's Osgood Files and The Boston Globe.


Present Assistant Professor, Binghamton University--SUNY
Present Assistant Professor, Binghamton University--SUNY

Curriculum Vitae


  • PAFF 510 – Research Design and Methods
  • PAFF 569 / ENVI 481B – Sustainable Communities: Theory and Practice
  • PAFF 582 / ENVI 481A – Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions

Contact Information

(607) 777-9184
University Downtown Center, Room 343


Research Works (10)