Faculty Bio: Lily Baum Pollans

Associate Professor

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Sustainability, urban infrastructure, environmental justice, municipal solid waste, qualitative research methods

Common Courses Taught

URBG 702: Structure of the Urban Region
URBP 787.17/URBS: 403.1E Sustainable Environment: Issues and Challenges
URBS 102: Structure of the Urban Region


PhD, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
MCP, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning


Lily Baum Pollans researches the role of cities in managing waste with an eye towards encouraging city governments to be bolder actors on climate and environmental justice.

She is the author of Resisting Garbage: The Politics of Waste Management in American Cities (University of Texas Press, 2021) and is working on a new book about the history of the municipal regulation of plastics.

Prior to becoming an academic, Professor Pollans worked as an urban planner in both municipal and institutional settings on public transportation, public space design, and brownfield redevelopment. She has a Masters and a PhD in City Planning from MIT.