Cutler Institute

Jack Kartez

Senior Advisor, New England Environmental Finance Center
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Office Location

311 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Dr. Jack Kartez is Professor Emeritus of Community Planning & Development at the Edmund Muskie School of Public Service in Maine and Senior Advisor for the USEPA Region I Environmental Finance Center. A planner with Oregon's revolutionary land use program in its early years, he also practiced in Washington State and Idaho. He has been a tenured professor at Washington State U., Texas A&M and the University of Southern Maine. An early planning researcher in environmental hazards and disasters with NSF awards starting in 1980, he participated in the Second National Assessment of Research on Natural Hazards on the Land Use Committee and was a coauthor of its report Cooperating With Nature (1999). He was a founding faculty with Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center (1991-1994) and was the founding director of USM’s undergraduate Environmental Science curriculum. His current focus is on how to pay for climate adaptation, and integration of everyday functions like stormwater management with long-term resilience. He has been a Co-PI for a 2013-2017 NSF/SEES Research Coordination Network project based at UNH to better link climate scientists’ modeling information to engineering community needs for infrastructure design. He directed the social science element of a joint NSF/Belmont G8 Forum climate adaptation project from 2013-2016 with U.S., Brazilian and British participants, examining community preferences for funding sea level rise adjustment, based at U. of South Florida. He’s a practicing public issues mediator and ADR trainer, with state and local government and nonprofit clients such as the City of Portland and other municipalities, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Maine state agencies.

Areas of Expertise

State and local fiscal analysis, mediation, consensus-building and public participation, land use and environmental planning, survey research development, administration and analysis, statistical analysis.


B.A. Middlebury College
M.U.P. University of Oregon
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Activity

Board Member, Environmental Mediation Center of Vermont, New Hampshire, California and Hawaii. Editorial Board Member, Landscape and Urban Planning (Elsevier).