WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities Cities Safer By Design

Ben Welle is a senior associate urban and transportation planner with EMBARQ, a signature initiative of the World Resources Institute where he works to reduce traffic fatalities, improve the environment and increase quality of life through sustainable transport and urban development. Ben’s work includes leading global research and projects, particularly in the areas of traffic safety and health; development of tools that cities can use to create cities safer, cleaner and more active by design; collaborating on sustainable transport projects and coordinating with partners from around the world.

Prior to working at EMBARQ, he was assistant director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land in Washington, D.C., researching and consulting on city parks, public space, green infrastructure, active transport and related economic impact. He has additional background in community development and positions in state government in the State of Minnesota, USA.

Ben has a Master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from Hamline University, St. Paul, USA.