Richard C. Smardon has lived and worked in Vermont, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Oregon and California before coming to the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry. At SUNY/ESF he is retired but active as a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Bachelors in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has edited/written six books; The Future of Wetlands; Assessing Visual-Cultural Values (1983) with Allenheld-Osmun; Foundations for Visual Project Analysis (1986) with John Wiley and Sons; and The Legal Landscape: Guidelines for Environmental and Aesthetic Protection (1993) with Van Nostrand Rhinehold, Sustaining the World’s Wetlands (2009) with Springer Press, and The Renewable Energy Landscape with Routledge Taylor and Francis in 2017. He is co-author with three others of Revitalizing Urban Waterway Communities: Streams of Environmental Justice which will be published in 2018 by Earthscan/ Routledge and is in process of co-writing a seventh book Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems to be published by Routledge. Other publications are on his web sites http://www.esf.edu/faculty/smardon and http://www.esf.edu/via
He was appointed by the Governor of New York to the Great Lakes Basin Advisory Council in 1989 and is now chairing the council. He has serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, International Journal of Environmental Sciences, and Water. His major areas of expertise include landscape assessment and management, wetland assessment and mitigation, environmental management/citizen participation, law and aesthetics, ecotourism and heritage resource management, and energy sustainability planning implementation.