Martin Jaffe

Phone: 312.996.2178


Sustainable Coastal Community Development Initiative

The Sustainable Coastal Community Development initiative of the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program supports and guides this GCI program, providing academic research and technical assistance to local governments and planning agencies within northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.

GCI Fellow and associate professor of Urban Planning and Policy, Martin Jaffe, is the principal investigator and coordinator of this research and is working in collaboration with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, non-profit organizations (such as Chicago Wilderness, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology), as well as federal, state and local officials. Sea Grant’s Sustainable Coastal Community Development initiative addresses a wide variety of emerging environmental issues affecting the Chicago metro area, such as regional water supply planning, innovative approaches to water quality management (including the use of computer models to identify environmental “tipping points” for urban waterways), the use of green infrastructure for urban stormwater management, habitat protection, and climate change adaptation at the state, regional and local levels of government. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is committed to both protecting and enhancing the wide range of environmental and ecosystem services provided to communities in the lower Lake Michigan basin.


M. Jaffe and M. Woloszyn. 2014. “An initial assessment of winter climate adaptation measures for the City of Chicago.” Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal. 6 (2): 5-25

Jaffe, M. 2012. The Effectiveness of Green Infrastructure. Chicago; American Planning Association, Planning Advisory Service Memo (May/June).

Jaffe M. 2011. “Section 10.5: Sustainable Stormwater Management,” in University of Illinois. 2011. Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation. Urbana; UIUC, Office of Academic Programs and Services, Open Source Textbook Initiative.

Jaffe M. 2010. Reflections on Green Infrastructure Economics. Environmental Practice. National Association of Environmental Professionals; Cambridge Journals.

Jaffe, Martin. 2009. Water Supply Planning in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal 2 (1): 1-21.

Jaffe M, Braden J, Lee MY. 2007. “Working Together: Factors Leading to Small Water System Mergers” On-Tap, Vol 7 (1); Spring 2007. National Environmental Services Center, West Virginia University. 14-19 (34-35).

Braden JB, Lee MY, and Jaffe M. 2007. “Building Technical, Financial, and Managerial Capacity for Small Water Systems: The Role of Consolidation, Partnership, and Other Organizational Innovations. Champaign; Midwest Technical Assistance Center for Small Public Water Systems. MTAC Publication TR07-01.

Jaffe M. 2006. “Managing Inter-basin Water Transfers: What Can China Learn from the Chicago Diversion?” Urban Planning Overseas (Beijing, PRC; China Academy of Urban Planning and Research) 21, 4 (August): 26-28 [translated into Mandarin]

Jaffe M. 2004. “Can Capital Improvements Programs Protect Environmental Quality?” Planning & Environmental Law 56(6): 3-7.