Gary Pivo
Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
(520) 561-6134

Dr. Gary Pivo works in the areas of responsible property investing, urban form, and sustainable cities. Previously, Dr. Pivo was Dean of the Graduate College, Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. In 2003 he was recognized as Administrator of the Year by the UA Graduate and Professional Student Council. He has also served as Chair of the Department of Urban Design and Planning and Director of the Interdisciplinary Group for the PhD in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. Professor Pivo has published extensively on responsible property investing, less auto dependent urban form, and sustainable urbanization. His research has been widely cited in scientific journals, text books, professional reports and government studies. His papers on office suburbanization, how urban form shapes travel behavior, and responsible property investing are some of the most widely cited studies in these areas. In 2012, Dr. Pivo won the prestigious Legacy Award from the American Real Estate Society Journal of Real Estate Research for his paper Income, Value, and Returns in Socially Responsible Office Properties. Recently, Dr. Pivo completed a series of papers for Fannie Mae on energy efficiency in affordable multifamily housing, how sustainability features affect default rates, a more holistic approach to the definition of affordable housing, and the relationship between walkability and mortgage default risk. One of Dr. Pivo most recent projects is a Triple Bottom Line Tool, to help communities and developers plan better economic development projects. He is currently investigating the relationship between urban sustainability features and mortgage default in collaboration with the US Federal Reserve Bank of Washington, DC. Dr. Pivo has been invited to speak at meetings convened by leading organizations and institutions including the United Nations, BOMA Intl., the US and World Green Building Councils, the National Science Foundation, the National Building Museum, the Urban Land Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was one of a small group of US land use experts invited to advise the People's Republic of China on urban development and farm land conservation. Dr. Pivo's comments on urban planning have been carried by The Economist, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio and dozens of other local and national publications. He has an extensive record of consulting and public service including work as the Special Assistant to the Governor’s Growth Strategy Commission (Washington), Co-Founder and Advisor to the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative Property Working Group, Co-Founder and President of 1000 Friends of Washington (now Futurewise) and Co-Founder of the Responsible Property Investing Center. He has served on committees for many leading organizations including the World Green Building Council, the Congress for New Urbanism, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University, and the National Institute of Building Sciences. Dr. Pivo is an alumnus of the U.S. Presidential Management Fellows Program and holds a B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from U.C., Berkeley.

Selected Citations: 

Pivo, G., Unequal Access To Energy Efficiency In US Multifamily Rental Housing: opportunities to improve, Building Research and Information, 42(5),1-19.

Pivo, G., The Effect of Sustainability Features on Mortgage Default Prediction and Risk in Multifamily Rental Housing, Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, vol. 5.

Pivo, G. and Fisher, J., The Walkability Premium in Commercial Property Investing, Real Estate Economics 39: 2,185-219.

Pivo, G. and Fisher, J., Income, Value, and Returns in Socially Responsible Office Properties, Journal of Real Estate Research 32: 3, 243-270.

Pivo, G., Owner-Tenant Engagement in Sustainable Property Investing, Journal of Sustainable Real Estate 2: 1.

Pivo, G.,Social and Environmental Metrics for US Real Estate Portfolios: Sources of Data and Aggregation Methods, Journal of Property Investment and Finance 27:5, 481-510.

Pivo, G., Responsible property investment criteria developed using the Delphi Method, Building Research & Information 36:1, 20 – 36.

Pivo, G., Responsible Property Investing: What the leaders are doing, Journal of Property Investment and Finance 26: 6, 562-76.

Pivo, G., Exploring Responsible Property Investing: A Survey of American Executives, Corporate Social Responsibilty and Environmental Management 15: 4, 235-248.

Pivo, G., Building Responsible Property Portfolios: a review of current practice by UNEP FI and PRI signatories. UNEP Finance Initiative, Geneva. Also available in French and Japanese translations.

Pivo, G., Responsible Property Investing: What the Leaders are Doing. UNEP Finance Initiative, Geneva, 93pp. Also available in French and Japanese translations.

Pivo, G. and McNamara P, Responsible Property Investing, International Real Estate Review, v8, 1: 128-143.

Research Themes: 
Building technology
Economic adaptation and climate change
Green business practices
Land use change
Urban development
Green infrastructure
Building technology
Land use change
Urban development
Urban Environment
Building technology
Decision making
Land use change
Smart growth
Urban development
Urban planning

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