Academic Credentials
  • M.B.A., Business Administration, Yale University, 2018
  • Ph.D., Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, 2018
  • M.S., Urban Planning, Harvard University, 2008
  • M.S., Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, 2008
  • B.S., Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2004
Additional Education & Training
  • Post-Doctoral Associate, Climate & Sustainability Consortium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2021
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Yale Center for Business & the Environment, 2019-2020
  • EPA STAR Fellow, 2012-2015
  • Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Yale Institute for Social & Policy Studies, Doctoral Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Teaching Fellow, Natural Capital, Yale School of Management, 2014-2018
  • Teaching Fellow, Land Use & Urban Planning, Yale School of Architecture, 2013-2015
  • Teaching Fellow, Urban Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2011-2013
  • Research Fellow, Yale Office of Sustainability, 2012-2014
  • MIT Women’s League Scholar, 2000-2004
Academic Appointments
  • Garvan Chair & Visiting Professor in Landscape Architecture, University of Arkansas, 2010
Professional Honors
  • Laya W. Wiesner Award, 2004
  • MIT Women’s League Scholar, 2000 - 2004
Professional Affiliations
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • American Society of Landscape Architects – ASLA
  • ASLA Honor Award, Analysis & Planning Category, 2008
  • Professional Retail Store Maintenance – PRSM (now Connex), past Sustainability Chair
  • HAZWOPER Training, 2022
  • Arthur Carhart Wilderness Management Training, US Forest Service, 2012
  • EPA Certified Stormwater Professional, 2010
  • Spanish

Dr. Springer has a diverse and cross-functional background in sustainability, environmental regulation, land use planning, ecology, and design, which brings a nuanced understanding of the interplay of corporate strategy, compliance, and environmental sustainability to her research and project work.

Dr. Springer has provided expert guidance on corporate sustainability strategy, stormwater compliance, land use planning, habitat conservation, sustainable landscape management, and ecological design for Fortune 100 companies throughout the United States and for large municipal agencies in New York, Los Angeles, and Shanghai. Her project experience and expertise include the development and implementation of design and maintenance strategies for municipal and corporate sustainability plans, environmental risk and liability assessment, innovative stormwater management, public parks, and environmental compliance across national asset portfolios.

Dr. Springer has evaluated and analyzed comprehensive plans to support large land holding entities such as federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the National Parks Service, and the Department of Energy, and corporate land portfolios regarding infrastructure planning, habitat conservation, mitigation planning, economic impacts, public acceptance, potential for carbon storage, and aesthetic concerns for the development of renewable energy and nature-based climate solutions.

Dr. Springer applies natural resource economic models, life-cycle assessment methodologies, geo-spatial tools, including ArcGIS, and urban planning concepts and standards to assess land use plans, habitat conservation plans, mitigation frameworks, infrastructure development projections, ecosystem services, and landscape carbon storage potential. She uses a broad knowledge of environmental science, economics, regulation, policy mechanisms, and design-based solutions to develop creative strategies for ecological design and planning and to assess development scenarios, comprehensive mitigation plans, and cumulative impacts at the regional, state, and federal scale.