Cristina Contreras Casado, ALM

Research Associate, Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Cristina Contreras is Research Associate in the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University, where she focuses on promoting sustainable practices in infrastructure projects on a global scale. As part of her research, she examines and explores the challenges and opportunities that sustainability can provide to countries and industries within these countries. During the last few years, she led a multi-year research project aimed at introducing sustainable infrastructure practices into emerging economies, especially in the Latin America region. Recently her research has focused on the business case for sustainable infrastructure. In her efforts to promote sustainable infrastructure, she also works as an independent sustainable infrastructure expert for financial institutions and international organizations in the US and Europe. This work has allowed her to focus on understanding how the different tools and systems to quantify sustainability in infrastructure have evolved during the last years at the global scale, as well as to reflect on the main impediments that we face currently to streamline sustainability in infrastructure projects. Professionally, Contreras is member of several working groups in sustainable infrastructure including the United Nations Environment Programmer's Expert Working Group on integrated approaches to sustainable infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Sustainable Infrastructure Standards Committee-Leadership Writing Group, and the Planning Committee on Global Sustainability.


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