Culley Thomas is a senior sustainability planner for a global strategic consultancy firm. He prepares sustainability plans, climate action plans, and develops greenhouse gas, energy, and water management policies and programs for city, regional, and state government clients. Culley has served as project manager or primary analyst on more than 35 climate protection plans throughout North America and is a thought leader within the industry. He has recently helped the cities of Seattle and New York develop strategies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Culley also specializes in the development of decision support planning software designed to improve sustainability planning and implementation processes.Culley has masters of city planning from University of California, Berkeley and a masters in environmental policy and international development from University of California, Davis. His graduate research examined the effectiveness of climate protection programs throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. During this research, he gained insight into the success of different types of policies and programs at the local level. Prior to graduate school Culley worked in Nepal and has traveled extensively in Asia and South America.