Lily Baum Pollans is Assistant Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College in New York City. As an urban planner and scholar, her interests lie in sustainability, infrastructure, and environmental justice. As a practicing planner, she has worked in both municipal and institutional settings on public transportation, public space design, and brownfield redevelopment. In her most recent contract, she collaborated with Boston-area sustainability professionals on a study of the jobs-development potential of companies that use recycled materials as inputs in manufacturing processes.
In her current research, Pollans looks at the potential and limits of urban-scale action in the face of global climate change and structural inequality at all scales. Her book, Resisting Garbage: The Politics of Waste Management in American Cities, was published in 2021 by the University of Texas Press.