Erin Rugland is a Program Manager for the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, a center of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. She analyzes the intersection of water, land, and governance in urban planning and water management to support community resilience in the face of drought and climate change. In practice, this means she does research, writes guidance and policy documents to help inform practitioners and policymakers in decision-making, leads workshops, and offers consultations and technical assistance to communities for specific projects or policy changes.
Erin is an accredited planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She is a 2021 Arizona Emerging Sustainability Leader and a Steering Committee Member of the American Planning Association's Water and Planning Network. She authored "Incorporating Water into Comprehensive Planning: A Manual for Land Use Planners in the Colorado River Basin" and is a co-author of "Best Practices for Implementing Water Conservation and Demand Management Through Land Use Planning Efforts: Addendum to 2012 Guidance Document," adopted by the State of Colorado in 2019.