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Sara Coffin

Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy Studies
Saint Louis University

Dr. Sarah L. Coffin is an associate professor at Saint Louis University in the Department of Public Policy Studies where she directs the Urban Planning and Real Estate Development Master of Arts Program. Her research interests include understanding the connections between the green economy and global climate change policy. Specifically, she is exploring ways that the green collar jobs sector might work as a sustainable economic development strategy for weak market, former industrial cities. Additionally, Dr. Coffin has spent several years examining the impacts of brownfields, vacant properties, and more recently development incentives on weak market economies and whether new ways of framing the redevelopment question might provide positive benefits for distressed communities. Prior to arriving in St. Louis, Dr. Coffin spent two years at the University of Louisville working for the US EPA's Environmental Finance Center in Region 4 as a post doctoral researcher. While there she developed a brownfield information system for the Metro Louisville Government's brownfield program. Dr. Coffin holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master's degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lake Erie College.

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