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Number of Programs: 7

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  • Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

    Location:

    115 Manly Miles Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The mission of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability is to develop and maintain a center of excellence that integrates ecology with socioeconomics, demography, and other disciplines for ecological sustainability from local, national, to global scales. The objectives include: conducting cutting-edge research on emerging issues related to ecological sustainability; training new generations of leading scholars for interdisciplinary research; and disseminating research findings across the globe.

  • Economic Development Extension Resources

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension is an educational leader in providing support to communities in green and sustainable economic development. Through programs like Stronger Economies Together, MSU Extension facilitates the development of an economic development plan in two regions in the state. Extension educators help counties work together in developing strong economic blueprints that strengthen relationships, build trust and capacity and strengthen "social capital."

  • Land Use and Planning Resources: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension offers a broad variety of training courses and presentations on public policy topics related to local planning and zoning tools and techniques, planning policy options, land use and environmental issues, public participation programs, leadership development, community/economic development, and more. This service is available for Michigan’s 1,858 local governments (townships, villages, cities, counties), 14 multi-county regions, 12 federally recognized tribal nations, and interested citizens and activist groups. MSU Extension provides accurate information on planning and zoning techniques, as well as current “best practices.”

  • MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

    Location:

     Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The goal of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.  It strives to:

    • Partner across Michigan to advance the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter.
    • Educate new generations to lead regional food systems research and practice.
    • Cultivate and support communities of practice around emerging regional food systems issues and opportunities.
    • Increase the visibility of and access to MSU resources that support regional good food systems.
    • Expand the resource base for regional food systems applied research, education and outreach.
    • Develop farmers and farms for regional food systems
    • Expand and coordinate engagement of MSU faculty and staff in interdisciplinary regional food systems applied research, education, and outreach.

     

     

  • Planning and Zoning Center

    Location:

    Human Ecology Building, 552 W. Circle Drive, Rm 112, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Planning and Zoning Center is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals devoted to research, education, and consultation on best practices for community planning and development control. It works both independently and in cooperation with many other groups both on and off campus to build a sustainable Michigan. The goal of PZC is to improve the quality of life in the state of Michigan through sustainable development based on proper planning and the application of appropriate land use policies and development regulations. It seeks to play a major role in improving the institutional and legal structure for state, regional, county, and local planning and development regulation in the state of Michigan through applied research, outreach and training, serving citizens, public and nonprofit organizations, government, and the academic community.

     

  • Project GREEEN Agricultural Research

    Location:

    109 Justin Morrill Hall of Agriculture, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    Project GREEEN, Michigan’s plant agriculture initiative housed at Michigan State University, is a cooperative effort by plant-based commodity groups and businesses in cooperation with Michigan State University AgBioResearch, Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to advance Michigan’s economy through plant-based agriculture.  Project GREEEN has a three-pronged mission:

    • Develop research and educational programs in response to industry needs
    • Ensure and improve food safety
    • Protect and preserve the quality of the environment
  • Sustainable Built Environment Initiative

    Location:

    Human Ecology Building, Room 101, 552 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    The Sustainable Built Environment Initiative (SBEI) (formerly Small Town Design Initiative) began as a pilot in 2013 as a means of assisting communities to address physical planning, design and land use issues (see image right for downtown waterfront pedestrian access in Cadillac, MI). It offers a graphic visioning process that provides citizens with a set of images and recommendations to guide improvements in their community with a sustainability theme. The SBEI builds on the success of the Small Town Design Initiative by providing a “go-to” source for Michigan’s communities for physical sustainable design assistance in community development and land use.

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