Leonard Ortolano
UPS Foundation Professor
Water Resources and Environmental Planning

The Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki
Environment & Energy Building
473 Via Ortega
Room 249

(650) 723-2937
ortolano at stanford.edu

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
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Leonard Ortolano is a specialist in environmental and water resources planning, with a focus on the design and implementation of environmental policies and programs in the United States and developing countries. Current research includes studies of: (1) policies for environmental planning and management in China and South Asia; (2) corporate environmental management; (3) delivery of water supply and sewerage services to disadvantaged communities; and (4) community-based organizations. In addition to his research activities, Professor Ortolano has worked as an environmental engineer for the U.S. Public Health Service and as a consultant to environmental management firms and agencies as well as international development aid organizations. Professor Ortolano has received two Fulbright-Hays grants: one as a visiting professor at the Istituto di Ricerca Sulle Acque in Rome (1978-79); and a second as a visiting professor at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris (1978-88). He received the Lillian and Thomas B. Rhodes Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1996, and the Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. Between 2003 and 2006, Professor Ortolano served as director of Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service, and from 1980 to 2003, he was director of Stanford’s Program on Urban Studies. 

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B.S., Civil Engineering, 1963 (magna cum laude), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn

M.S., Ph.D., Engineering, 1966, 1969, Harvard University (Major - Water Resources Planning; Minors - Economics and Operations Research)

Professional Experience

Professor (formerly Assistant Professor, 1970-1973, and Associate Professor, 1974-79), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 1970-present.

Director of the Haas Center for Public Service, 2003-2006.

Director of the Graduate Program in Resources Planning, formerly Infrastructure Planning and Management, 1975-1988.

Director of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies, 1980-2003.

Principal Investigator on research contracts and grants from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources, the Office of Water Research and Technology, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, etc.

Private consultation for firms (e.g., ESSA Technologies Ltd.), U.S. government agencies (e.g., Environmental Protection Agency and Council on Environmental Quality), governmental agencies in developing countries (e.g., Columbia's Ministry of the Environment and China's State Environmental Protection Administration), international agencies (e.g., World Health Organization and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), international research organizations (e.g., East-West Center and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), international non-governmental organizations (e.g., the World Commission on Dams), and international development agencies (e.g., the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank).

Workshops and shortcourses on various aspects of environmental policy design and environmental planning and management in Brazil: China, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia , Italy, the Philippines, and Taiwan.      

Honors and Awards

  • American Collegiate Schools of Planning Chester Rapkin Award for the Best Paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research in 2012 (Volume 30): Schaffer Boudet, H. and L. Ortolano, "A Tale of Two Sitings: Contentious Politics in Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Siting in California."
  • Lillian and Thomas B. Rhodes Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, June, 1996
  • Eugene L. Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, June, 2005
  • American Collegiate Schools of Planning 2012 Chester Rapkin Best Paper Award (with Hilary Schaffer-Boudet)
  • Graduate Fellowships from the U.S. Public Health Service and the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration, 1965-68
  • Resources for the Future Natural Resources Fellowship, 1968-69
  • Fulbright-Hays Research Grant, Rome, Italy, January-August, 1979
  • Fulbright-Hays Research Grant, Paris, France, September, 1987-August, 1988
  • Fellowship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a scientific exchange visit ("Stage scientifique de haut niveau") January-August, 1988
  • Lectureship from the National Science Council of the Republic of China, July, 1991

Ortolano, L., 1997, Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment, John Wiley & Sons, NY.

Ortolano, L., 1984, Environmental Planning and Decision Making, John Wiley & Sons, NY.

Bettini, V., Canter,  L. W., and L. Ortolano, 1997, Ecologia dell' Impatto Ambientale (Ecology of Environmental Impacts) UTET, Turin, Italy.
Research Monographs

Ma, X. and L. Ortolano, 2000,  Environmental Regualtion in China: Institutions, Enforcement and Compliance, Rowman & Littlefield, Boulder, CO.

Sinkule, B. and L. Ortolano, 1995, Implementing Environmental Policy in China, Praeger, Westport, CN.

Recent Journal Publications 

Qiu, Y., Ortolano, L. and Y. D. Wang, 2013, Factors influencing the technology upgrading and catch-up of Chinese wind turbine manufacturers:  Technology acquisition mechanisms and government policies, Energy Policy. Vol. 55 (April) pp. 305–316.

Zhou, X., Lian, H., Ortolano, L. and Y. Ye, 2013, A Behavioral Model of Muddling Through in the Chinese Bureaucracy: The Case Of Environmental Protection Regulation, The China Journal. No. 70 (July) pp. 120-147.

Zuin, V. Ortolano, L. and J. Davis, forthcoming, The entrepreneurship myth in small-scale service provision: Water resale in Maputo, Mozambique, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development.

Scruggs, C. E.,  L. Ortolano, M. R. Schwarzman, and M. P. Wilson,  forthcoming, The Role of Chemicals Policy in Improving Supply Chain Knowledge and Product Safety, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Ortolano, L., Sanchez –Triana, E., Afzal, J., Ali, C.L. and S. A. Rebellón,    forthcoming, Cleaner Production in Pakistan's Leather and Textile Sectors, Journal of Cleaner Production.

Hooper, M. and L. Ortolano, 2012, Confronting Urban Displacement: Social Movement Participation and Post-Eviction Resettlement Success in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Journal of Planning Education and Research. Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 278-288.

Hooper, M. and L. Ortolano, 2012, Motivations for Urban Social Movement Participation in Africa: A Study of Slum Dweller Mobilization in Kurasini, Dar es Salaam, Environment and Urbanization, Vol. 24, No. 1: 99 – 114.

Scruggs, C. and L. Ortolano, 2011, Creating Safer Consumer Products: The Information Challenges Companies Face, Environmental Science & Policy, Vol. 14: 605-614.

Zuin,V., Ortolano, L. Alvarinho, M., Russell, K., Thebo, A. , Muximpua, O. and J. Davis, , 2011, Water resale to neighbors in Maputo, Mozambique: price, service quality, and user satisfaction, Journal of Water and Health, Vol. 9, No. 4 : 773-784.

Choy, M. S. , Johnson, S.A. and L. Ortolano, 2011, Teaching Negotiation in the Context of Environmental Regulatory Enforcement: An Experiential Learning Approach, Applied Environmental Education and Communication, Vol. 10, No. 2: 105-115.   

Millard-Ball, A. and L. Ortolano, 2010, Constructing Carbon Offsets: The Obstacles to Quantifying Emission Reductions, Energy Policy. Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 533-546.

Zhang, X., L. Ortolano, and  Z.  Lv, 2010, “Agency Empowerment through the Administrative Litigation Law: Court Enforcement of Pollution Levies in Hubei Province, China,” The China Quarterly, No. 202, pp. 307-326.   

Zhang, X. and L. Ortolano, 2010, "Judicial Review of Environmental Administrative Decisions: Has It Changed Agency Behavior?" The China Journal, No. 64, pp. 97-119.

Zhao, X. and L. Ortolano, 2010, “Implementing China’s National Energy Conservation Policies at State-Owned Electric Power Generation Plants,” Energy Policy, Vol. 38, Issue 10, pp. 6293-6306. 

Schaffer- Boudet, H. and L. Ortolano, 2010, A Tale of Two Sitings: Contentious Politics in Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Siting in California," Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 5 –21. 

Ortolano, L., Baumont, S. and G. Puz, 2009, Implementing Programs to Reduce Nitrate Pollution from Agriculture in Brittany, France, International Journal of Water Resources Development. 25 (4):641-656.

Ru, Jiang, R. and Leonard Ortolano, 2009. “Development of Citizen-Organized Environmental NGOs in China.” Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit 20: 141-168.

Chang, C. and L. Ortolano, 2008, “Analyzing Beijing’s In-Use Vehicle Emissions Test Results Using Logistic Regression,” Environmental Science and Technology. Vol. 42, No. 19, pp 7309–7314.

Rutherford, D. and L. Ortolano, 2008, "Air Quality Impacts of Tokyo's On-Road Diesel Emission Regulations,"Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 13, No. 4, pp. 239-254.

Warwick, M. and L. Ortolano, 2007, “Benefits and Costs of Shanghai’s Environmental Citizen Complaints System,” China Information, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 237-268.

Nance, E. and L. Ortolano, 2007, "Community Participation in Urban Sanitation: Experiences in Northeastern Brazil," Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 26No. 3 , pp. 284-300.  

He, H.  and L. Ortolano, 2006, “Implementing Cleaner Production Programs in Changzhou and Nantong, Jiangsu,” Development and Change, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 99-120.

Ohshita, S. and L. Ortolano, 2006, Effects of Economic and Environmental Reform on Diffusion of Cleaner Coal Technology in China, Development and Change, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 75-98.

Ernesto Sánchez Triana and L. Ortolano, 2005, “Influence of Organizational Learning on Water Pollution Control in Colombia’s Cauca Valley,” International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol.21, No.3, pp.493-508.

He, H.  and L. Ortolano, 2005,  “Transferring Cleaner Production Technologies to
Industries in   Changzhou and Nantong, China,” International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, Vol.5, Nos..2/3, pp. 276-299.

Carter, N. and L. Ortolano, “Implementing Government Assistance Programs for Water and Sewer Systems in Texas Colonias,” International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol.20, No.4, (December, 2004), pp.553-564.

Ohshita, S. B. and L. Ortolano, "From Demonstration to Diffusion: the Gap in Japan's Environmental Technology Cooperation with China," International Journal of Technology Transfer and Cooperation, Vol.2, No.4 (2003), pp.351-368.

He, H., L. Ortolano and H. Shi, "Cleaner Production Programme in Taiyuan City, China," International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialization," Vol.2, No.1 (2003), pp.65-88.

Zhao, J. and L. Ortolano, "The Chinese Government's Role in Implementing International Environmental Agreements: the Case of the Montreal Protocol," The China Quarterly, No. 175, pp. 708-725 (2003).

Ortolano, L. and K. K. Cushing, "Grand Coulee Dam Seventy Years Later: What Can We Learn?" International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol.18, No.3 (2002), pp.373-390.

Ohshita, S. B. and L. Ortolano, “The Promise and Pitfalls of Japanese Cleaner Coal Technology Transfer to China,” International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Vol.1, Nos.1/2 (2002), pp. 56-81.

Guikema, S., L. Ortolano, S. B. Ohshita and P. Collins, “Using Simulation to Teach Negotiation Processes to Environmental Engineers,” Journal of Engineering Education, (October, 2001), pp. 631-635.

Sanchez-Triana, E. and L. Ortolano, “Organizational Learning and Environmental Impact Assessment at Colombia’s Cauca Valley Corporation,” Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Vol.21, No.3 (2001), pp. 223-239.

Ebrahim, A. and L. Ortolano, “Learning Processes in Development Planning: A Theoretical Overview and Case Study,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol.20, No.4 (2001), pp.448-463.