Assistant Director of Environmental Planning
Van Du joined MAPC in March 2021. In her role as Senior Environmental Planner, Van support MAPC communities on climate action planning and implementation efforts as well as hazard mitigation projects. Van also manages the Accelerating Climate Resiliency grant program, which aims to advance climate equity and regional coordination and readiness for climate change.
Van previously worked at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) as a Sustainability and Resiliency Planner, supporting local governments, airports, and private-sector clients with sustainability and resiliency planning services. Prior to VHB, Van served as Special Assistant/Sustainability Adviser to the Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space at the City of Boston. In this role, she also supported the Climate Team with implementing the City’s Climate Action Plan and managing Greenovate Boston, a citywide sustainability program. During her graduate work at BU, Van also worked as Program Manager at Second Nature, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote sustainability in higher education.
Van holds a Master’s in City Planning and Urban Affairs from Boston University with a focus on urban sustainability, and Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College. Van is a certified Envision Sustainability Professional, LEED Green Associate, and WELL AP.
Areas of Expertise: climate action planning, climate vulnerability assessment, municipal resiliency and adaptation, hazard mitigation, facilitation and community engagement, green building certification, and grants management.