Cris Battad Liban, D.Env., P.E., F.ASCE, an internationally recognized expert in the field of resource management, energy technologies, transportation, environmental protection, and sustainability, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Liban is known for his unconditional passion to societal improvement at all levels through the practical, value-creating, and cost-effective implementation of environmental science and engineering and sustainable development principles. His work, while local in nature to the Los Angeles metropolitan area, has been making a tremendous impact around the world as his visionary framework and processes of environmental stewardship are continually emulated in many environmental and sustainability programs.
His award-winning and ISO 14001:2015 certified program has become the U.S. template in the transportation industry. In this program of empowerment, he has directly inspired thousands of Angelenos (and many in the transit industry around the world) to become environmental and sustainability leaders not only in their place of work, but most importantly in their families, communities, and beyond.
He is currently the executive officer for environment and sustainability at the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. LA Metro is the third-largest transportation agency in the United States. He was appointed by the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator as a council member of the USEPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, where he and his colleagues provide guidance on the Agency’s direction in years to come. He also holds concurrent political appointments as commissioner in the Los Angeles County Beach Commission and the City of Los Angeles Board of Transportation Commissioners. In those capacities, he contributes to the development and implementation of safe, equitable, and environmentally protective policies throughout most of Southern California.
In December 2016 he received from President Rodrigo Duterte the Philippines’ Highest Prize for Individual Filipinos living overseas, the Pamana ng Pilipino Award. This honor exemplifies the reach of Liban’s global influence through the introduction of technology advancements, creative financing, and the leveraging of nontraditional partnerships to effect social change, especially in the communities he serves.
Liban is an accomplished writer, international speaker, and social entrepreneur who has dramatically changed the lives of many individuals, communities, agencies, private entities, and jurisdictions. He and his family live in Los Angeles.