Chuck Flink, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), is an award-winning author, planner, and landscape architect who for the past 35 years has specialized in conserving green space and helping communities build environmental parks and greenways. Flink has completed work in 250 communities located in 37 states. He has provided consulting services to clients in 7 foreign countries, including Belarus, China, and the Czech Republic. He is the recipient of more than four dozen national, regional, and local awards. Some of his most notable projects include the American Tobacco Trail, North Carolina; the North Delaware River Greenway, Philadelphia; the Miami River Greenway, Florida; Charleston County's Greenbelt Plan, South Carolina; Las Vegas Open Space and Trails Plan, Nevada and the Grand Canyon Greenway, Arizona.
Flink is a former five-term chair of the East Coast Greenway Alliance and former three-term chair of American Trails. He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina State University, where today he teaches a seminar entitled The Landscape Imperative. In 2019, North Carolina State recognized Flink for his many contributions with the Watauga Medal—the highest nonacademic award bestowed by the university.
Flink coauthored Greenways. A Guide to Planning, Design and Development, recipient of awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association. He also coauthored Trails for the Twenty First Century. Both books have been translated into Chinese for use as textbooks at Peking University. His latest book The Greenway Imperative: Connecting Communities and Landscapes for A Sustainable Future (University Press of Florida), will be available March 2020.