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Abel Chavez

Abel Chávez

Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success


Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver, Civil Engineering, 2012
MBA, University of Houston, Business Administration, 2005,
B.S., University of Colorado Denver, Mechanical Engineering, 2002


View Professor Chavez’s Curriculum Vitae.

Dr. Abel A. Chávez, MBA is the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success. Dr. Chávez came to Western in 2014 from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Though today he serves Western in critical administrative positions, he has an extensive academic and research background in community-based climate-action planning, material-flow analysis (MFA) and life-cycle assessment (LCA). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Denver’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems and an MBA from the University of Houston. Chávez has also held management positions in several major companies.

Select Publications

  • UCCRN. (2019). Urban Energy Supply Sector: Challenges and Opportunities for Low-Carbon, Resilient and Just Cities. Lead Author, Chapter 8 in Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (ARC3-2).
  • Chávez, A., Kennedy, C., Chen, B., Chertow, M., Baynes, T., Chen, S. & Bai, B. (2018). Urban Metabolism: Resource flows, the urban boundary, and resilience. In Future Earth (Ed.), The Urban Planet: Knowledge towards livable cities.
  • Chávez, A. (2017). Key Drivers and Future Trends of Urban Carbon Emissions. In Low Carbon Cities, Future Science.
  • Pichler, P.P., Zwickel, T., Chávez, A., Kretschmer, T., Seddon, J., & Weisz, H. (2017). Reducing Urban Greenhouse Gas Footprints. Nature, Scientific Reports, 7, 14659.
  • IPCC. (2014). Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Contributing Author to Chapter 12 on Human Settlements.

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