John L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP, associate professor and director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, is available to discuss the aftermath of Category 4 Hurricane Michael, which caused devastation across Florida’s Panhandle.

Renne is a globally recognized expert in transit oriented development (TOD), including sustainable and resilient cities, with a focus on land use and transportation planning and policy. He is an expert in evacuation planning and coined the term “carless evacuation” in 2005. Renne played a leadership role in the disaster recovery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. 

Renne also is experienced in real estate development. He is the founder of the TOD Group and the TOD Index. He is a co-founder of the National Evacuation Conference and chair of the Transportation and Land Development Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Renne also is the chair of the Mobility Committee of the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida and Caribbean District Council. 

In addition to his role as associate professor in FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning within the College for Design and Social Inquiry where he coordinates the undergraduate programs, Renne is an honorary research associate at the Transport Studies Unit in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. 

Renne can be contacted at or 504-717-1744.