Shin-pei Tsay

Former Nonresident Associate
Energy and Climate Program
Shin-pei Tsay was a nonresident associate in the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science
BA, Cornell University 




Shin-pei Tsay is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Shin-pei Tsay was a nonresident associate in the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her research focuses on urban and regional planning issues, particularly in relation to transportation, economic development, energy, and climate change policy.

Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, Tsay served as the deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, a nationally renowned nonprofit organization focused on transportation issues in New York City; a founding member of the New York City office for ZGF architects, where she was on the sustainability team; the chief operating officer of Project for Public Spaces, an international nonprofit; and a strategy consultant with a group that served Fortune 500 companies. 

Most recently she contributed to New York City’s Street Design Manual, New York City’s Active Living Design Guidelines, and New York state’s Livable Communities Manual. She also co-founded Planning Corps, an organization that matches urban planners with community-based projects, for which her work will be exhibited in the U.S. pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale for Architecture.

She has been interviewed and quoted by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and NPR’s Marketplace as well as other local and industry publications, and she is a sought-after speaker. She was a finalist in the international design competition “Reinventing Grand Army Plaza,” for which her work is published in the monograph. Tsay is a LEED-accredited professional and also reviews books for the Urban Design Forum’s quarterly journal, Urban Design Review.

  • Report July 31, 2013 Full Text
    Rethinking Urban Mobility: Sustainable Policies for the Century of the City

    As urban populations surge worldwide, cities must work together with national governments to create environmentally and financially sustainable urban transport systems.

  • Wind powered smart grids for low-carbon cities. .
    Article July 24, 2013 中文
    A New Focus for U.S.-China Cooperation: Low-Carbon Cities

    Washington and Beijing should take their bilateral cooperation on climate change to the next level by implementing projects to help cities reduce their carbon emissions.

  • The time to act on sea level rise is now.
    Article May 16, 2013
    Protecting Coastal Cities From Rising Seas

    Rising sea levels threaten some of the world's largest megacities. With billions of dollars and the security of millions of people at risk, the time to act is now.

  • Op-Ed Huffington Post February 13, 2013
    Unlikely Allies? Urbanization and Unconventional Oils

    Global urbanization is inextricably linked with energy consumption. Smarter urban planning and transportation can reduce energy consumption and lower the demand for carbon intensive unconventional oils.

  • Op-Ed CNN December 5, 2012
    Cities Key to Beating Climate Change

    The present policy paradigm of national and international action to fight climate change doesn’t work. The only hope is for cities to support global efforts.

  • Cities act, but are policymakers watching?
    Op-Ed Urban Omnibus September 26, 2012
    Cities and Climate Change: Small Enough to Act, Big Enough to Matter

    Despite the critical role of cities in dealing with climate change, the differing viewpoints of urbanists and policymakers are hindering their ability to address this global challenge.

  • Article July 19, 2012
    Citifying the Global Vision of Rio+20

    Forty years after the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, progress on promoting environmentally responsible economic growth remains disappointingly limited.

  • Op-Ed Cities.brief June 30, 2012
    New York, the City of Street Smarts

    With its combination of citizen engagement, leadership, and innovative policy, New York City demonstrates that technology is only one factor in a smart city formula.

  • Op-Ed Devex May 2, 2012
    Cities Will Determine Success After Rio+20

    The international community and national governments can help cities achieve their sustainability goals through changes in transportation and fiscal policies and the encouragement of inter-city knowledge transfers.

  • Op-Ed Euractiv April 3, 2012
    The Lessons of London’s Bicycle Network

    With urban populations growing rapidly and carbon lock-in imminent there is a great need to widely scale and maintain low carbon transport solutions, such as London’s bicycle network.


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