Abel Chávez, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability
Abel Chavez, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Environment & Sustainability and coordinator for the MEM in Sustainable and Resilient Communities. Dr. Chavez comes to Western from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. He has led community-based, climate-action planning for cities as diverse as Delhi, India, Broomfield and Ouray. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver's Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems and an MBA from the University of Houston. Chavez has also held management positions in several major companies.