G. William Page

Professor Emeritus - Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Professor - Department of Urban and Regional Planning
gpage@buffalo.edu - Hayes Hall 234 - (716) 829-5330

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Dr. Page’s research focuses on a variety of issues related to environmental planning, which involves the study of how to use the planning process to minimize the negative effects of the natural environment on humans and of human settlements on the natural environment.

At present, his efforts are focused on how cities and metropolitan areas can reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases to help control global warming.


A.B. (politics), Princeton University
M.C.R.P., Rutgers University
Ph.D. (urban planning and policy development), Rutgers University


Land Use and Physical Planning (an MUP required course), Environmental Planning Methods, Environmental Planning and Policy, and Environmental Planning Support Systems. Dr. Page directs the specialization in environmental and physical planning for the MUP program. Professor Page spent academic year 2003-04 as a Fulbright Scholar teaching environmental management and policy at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City.

Public Service

In fall 2004, Dr. Page was presented the Jay Chatterjee Award for Career-Long Service to the Planning Academy by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Dr. Page is the editor for North American and responsible for editorial decisions for all submissions from North America to the Journal of Environmental Planning & Management. He started and continues to operate PLANET, an international listserv of planning educators and researchers. Dr. Page serves as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program member for international consulting and serves on site-visit teams for the Planning Accreditation Board. Dr. Page was the co-editor of a special issue on "Planning for Water" that was published in a 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association.

Selected Publications

  • Five Important Themes In The Special Issue On Planning For Water, Journal of the American Planning Association. 73 (2), 2007.
  • "Characteristics and Land Use of Contaminated Brownfield Properties in Voluntary Cleanup Agreement Programs," Land Use Policy, 23: 551-559, 2006.
  • "Property Characteristics of Contaminated Land in Environmental Cleanup Programs in New York State," Public Works Management & Policy 10: 157-169, 2005.
  • Contaminated Sites and Environmental Cleanup: International Approaches to Prevention, Remediation, and Reuse. New York, NY: Academic Press, 2005.
  • “Planning Implications of Water Supply Decisions,” Planning Practice and Research. Vol. 16, No. 3-4. 2001.
  • “Environmental Health Policy in Ukraine After the Chernobyl Accident” (with Olga Alexandrovna Bobyleva, Marina Vasilievna Naboka and Viacheslav Mikhailovich Shestopalov), Policy Studies Journal. Vol. 23, No. 1, 1995.
  • “The Potential for Redevelopment of Contaminated Brownfield Sites” (with Harvey Rabinowitz), Economic Development Quarterly. Vol. 8, No. 4, 1994.
  • Pocket Primer: Quick Answers to Quantitative Questions (with Carl V. Patton). New York, NY: Academic Press, 1991.
  • Planning for Groundwater Protection (editor). New York, NY: Academic Press, 1987.