Paige Werman, Associate Planner
Paige supports GIC’s director and works with GIC’s science staff. She researches urban forest management plans and storm preparation and recovery of the urban forest for communities in southern U.S. She explores innovative ways similar communities are coping with and adapting to climate change
Paige is currently pursuing a dual Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban & Environmental Planning degree at the University of Virginia. She previously worked with the City of Charlottesville where she helped to rewrite a tree preservation ordinance for the city and for the City of Richmond where she worked with the director, the Commission for Architectural Review, and the Urban Design Committee on multiple projects. Paige has a passion for waste systems, post-industrial landscapes, and designing for climate change mitigation.
She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a double major in Environmental Policy from Fordham University in New York. She developed a passion for the environment in 12th grade environmental science. From then on, she has worked on a multitude of farms while pursuing a professional career in dance. She has worked at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and she currently interns at Monticello. She hopes to contribute creative and informed input on the outdoor built environment for future generations to enjoy diverse flora and fauna while also leaving space for wildlife to flourish with minimal human interaction; for individuals to have equitable access to resources; and for the repurposing and reinvigoration of forgotten or distressed landscapes. In her spare time, Paige enjoys teaching Pilates, dancing, and maintaining her own indoor and outdoor planted landscapes.