Ortolano is a specialist in environmental and water
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) delivery of water supply
and sewerage services to disadvantaged communities; (3)
corporate environmental management; (4)
organizations; and (5) the use of wind turbine
technologies.. In addition to his research activities,
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.
Engineering, 1963 (magna cum laude), Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
Ph.D., Engineering, 1966, 1969, Harvard University (Major - Water
Resources Planning; Minors - Economics and Operations Research)
(formerly Assistant Professor, 1970-1973, and Associate Professor,
1974-79), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford
of the Haas Center for Public Service, 2003-2006.
of the Graduate Program in Resources Planning, formerly Infrastructure
Planning and Management, 1975-1988.
of the Undergraduate Program on Urban Studies, 1980-2003.
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.
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).
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
- Lillian and
Thomas B. Rhodes Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, June,
- Eugene L.
Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching, June,
Collegiate Schools of Planning 2012 Chester Rapkin Best Paper Award
(with Hilary Schaffer-Boudet)
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
Research Grant, Rome, Italy, January-August, 1979
Research Grant, Paris, France, September, 1987-August, 1988
from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a scientific exchange
visit ("Stage scientifique de haut niveau") January-August, 1988
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,
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.
Hooper, M. and L. Ortolano,
forthcoming, Confronting Urban Displacement: Social Movement
Participation and Post-Eviction Resettlement Success in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, Journal of
Planning Education and Research. Published online 5 April
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
Experiential Learning Approach, Applied
Environmental Education and Communication, Vol. 10, No. 2:
A. and L. Ortolano, 2010, Constructing Carbon Offsets: The Obstacles to
Quantifying Emission Reductions, Energy
Policy. Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 533-546.
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.
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.
L., Baumont, S. and G. Puz, 2009,
Implementing Programs to Reduce Nitrate Pollution from Agriculture in
Brittany, France, International
Journal of Water Resources Development.
Ru, Jiang, R. and Leonard Ortolano, 2009.
“Development of Citizen-Organized Environmental NGOs in China.”
International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit 20:
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.
M. and L. Ortolano, 2007, “Benefits and Costs of Shanghai’s
Environmental Citizen Complaints System,” China
Information, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 237-268.
E. and L. Ortolano, 2007, "Community Participation in Urban
Sanitation: Experiences in Northeastern Brazil," Journal of
Planning Education and Research, Vol. 26, No.
3 , pp. 284-300.
H. and L. Ortolano, 2006, “Implementing Cleaner Production
Programs in Changzhou and Nantong, Jiangsu,” Development and
Change, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 99-120.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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),
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.