Translational Research Fellows

Damian Pitt

Dr. Damian Pitt

Associate professor, Urban and Regional Planning, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Raleigh Building, Room 3016B Phone: (804) 828-7397 Email:


  • Solar energy policy and planning
  • Climate action planning

Policy Brief: Distributed Solar Energy


Dr. Damian Pitt’s work examines opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through energy conservation, renewable energy use, land use and transportation policies. He has written numerous academic articles and professional reports, including recent studies for the Virginia Division of Mines, Minerals and Energy, the City of Richmond’s Office of Sustainability and the Richmond Region Energy Alliance (RREA). His most recent academic publications have investigated the factors behind local government adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives, and in particular their use of collaborative planning techniques to develop their clean energy strategies. Pitt also sits on the board of directors for RREA, the Virginia chapter of the American Planning Association. Prior to his academic career, he worked for Cogan Owens Greene, a nationally respected urban planning consulting firm in Portland, Oregon.

Pitt is committed to the pursuit of community-engaged research, which brings together the talent and resources of the university to work on diverse collaborations that benefit the people and communities of the commonwealth. His teaching incorporates students through service-learning courses that have produced a number of planning documents for various localities. Recent student projects include solar energy feasibility studies for the City of Richmond, Richmond Regional Energy Alliance and Virginia SUN, and bicycle and pedestrian plans for the City of Richmond and Bike-Walk RVA.

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