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Kimberly Burton, P.E., AICP CTP, LEED AP ND

  • Associate Professor of Practice, City and Regional Planning Section
229 Knowlton Hall

Kimberly Burton is an associate professor of practice in city and regional planning at the Knowlton School where she teaches courses on Energy Planning, Resiliency Planning, Underground City, Green Building, Planning Studios, and Professional Development.  She also serves as the Internship Program Coordinator for City & Regional Planning and the Ghana Sustainable Change Coordinator.


Burton is a professional engineer (P.E.), certified planner (AICP) with advanced certification in transportation planning (CTP), and a LEED accredited professional in Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND). She received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1999 and master's degree in city and regional planning in 2002, both from the Ohio State University.  Burton has over 18 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors for state and local agencies and multi-disciplinary consultants.  Burton currently runs a planning consulting firm, Burton Planning Services (BPS), which is focused on sustainable planning and environmental solutions for its clients. Burton has broad planning experience, spanning transportation planning, community plans, economic development activities, environmental documents, noise and air quality analyses, safety studies, and public involvement activities.


Throughout her career, Burton has been a leader in planning practice.  Some highlights include receiving the OSU Distinguished International Engagement Award for the Ghana Sustainable Change Program (2016) and the American Planning Association Division Council Award for Contribution to the Planning Profession for “State of Transportation Planning: Ahead of the Curve” (Burton wrote a chapter in this publication) (2014). She is currently an active member of the American Planning Association (APA)/American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Complete Streets Coalition, Green Energy Ohio, and U.S. Green Building Council.  In particular, she developed the AICP Certified Transportation Planner Course for Planetizen (2015), and she serves as a participating member of the APA’s Community Planning Assistance Team, providing pro-bono planning services to U.S. communities. She has collaborated on two projects to-date in Franklin, Tennessee (Flood Constraint Study) and Hartsville, South Carolina (Neighborhood Revitalization Plan).


Burton’s published work includes co-authorship of “Noise-Compatible Land Use Planning” in the Guide to Planning in Ohio (2007); “Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuels.” State of Transportation Planning: Ahead of the Curve.  Ed. Jo Penrose.  APA, Transportation Planning Division, p. 19-21. (2013); “Planning From Scratch: How Developing Countries Offer A Unique Perspective for Planners,” American Planning Association, Planning Magazine, March 2015 edition; “Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuels – Improving Vehicle Energy Intensity,” American Planning Association’s Transportation Planning Division, 2016 State of Transportation Planning, Editor Jo Penrose (2016).  She has also conducted research projects via grants, including: OSU Outreach & Engagement Grant for the Ghana Sustainable Change Program (2014-2016) and Ohio Department of Commerce Grant for “Property Valuation Comparison of Noise-Mitigated Residences” (2016-2017).

Recent Work

"Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuel" 
Published in 2013 State of Transportation Planning: Ahead of the Curve, Editor Jo Penrose. APA 2013.

"Transportation Energy Beyond Fossil Fuel” is a chapter in the 2013 State of Transportation Planning: Ahead of the Curve publication. The publication won an American Planning Association national award in 2014 – the Division Council Award for Contribution to the Planning Profession. Burton’s chapter identified the main issues with current energy consumption patterns – environmental damage, nonrenewable sources, and non-domestic supplies. Three groups of solutions to address these issues included improving vehicle energy intensity, using low-carbon fuels, and reducing vehicle miles travelled. Working toward these solutions will help move the transportation sector toward a more sustainable energy future.