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  • American Citizen Planner Program

    Location:

    308 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    The American Citizen Planner program is a basic land use planning program that trains citizen leaders to understand the many dimensions of both land use and natural resource management decisions, and to translate that knowledge into better growth and development of their communities. The program’s capacity to evolve as land use policies and regulations change, and to be customized based on local needs, ensures that volunteer community leaders who complete the program receive the technical information and tools they need to be successful.

    American Citizen Planner features time-tested educational programs that help local officials and citizens understand and deal with important local issues like traffic congestion, farmland protection, healthy communities, water quality and quantity, urban design, and smart growth. These educational programs include:                                                                                                                                                                                       

  • Center for Global Change and Earth Observations

    Location:

    218 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI, 48823

    Description:

    The overarching goal of CGCEO is to contribute to the understanding of the interrelations among human, land, and climate systems in an international context, as reflected in MSU’s Boldness by Design. Building on existing strength in interdisciplinary approaches to understand the social processes, land use and land cover patterns and processes, and environmental impacts and responses at regional to global scales, the Center addresses the following key science questions:

    How are social processes altering and impacting global environmental dynamics? How do these changes, in turn, respond to and affect land and human systems?

    The research activities at the Center attempt to identify, understand and model land surface processes; determine and quantify socioeconomic root causes of and responses to global change, and assess human/animal health and ecosystem services.

  • 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."

  • Great Lakes Leadership Academy: Detroit Leaders Dinner (May 2017)

    Dates:

    May 23, 2017

    Location:

    Michigan State University Detroit Center located at 3408 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

    Description:

    The goal of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) is to promote positive change, economic vitality and resource conservation, and to enhance quality of life in Michigan by encouraging leadership for the common good. Key sustainability issues are addressed, such as: land use, water quality, rural vitality, rural and urban interactions, siting of livestock and manufacturing facilities, and the competing interests of recreation, manufacturing, food production and quality of life. 

    As part of our program, we have planned a dinner and panel discussion for local leaders that
    have been working to improve the quality of life for citizens in the greater Detroit area.   We are
    hopeful that this event will provide an opportunity to learn about the great work happening in
    Detroit, particularly the difference that partnerships and collaborations have made in impacting
    the community for the common good.

    We cordially invite you to dinner on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm to be held at the Michigan State University Detroit Center.

  • Growth Through Adaptive Reuse Online Modules

    Location:

    Online.

    Description:

    Community planners need to maximize the reuse of community assets when building and shaping their communities. There are three types of adaptive reuse that will be explored: greyfield, brownfield and historical. This module explores how communities can improve their economic future and save their green spaces, which are crucial to sustainable communities by revitalizing urban areas. Unit topics include:

    • Unit AR.1: Introduction to Reusing the Built Environment
    • Unit AR.2: Types of Reuse
    • Unit AR.3: Planning for Reuse
    • Unit AR.4: Brownfields: Environmental Contamination
  • Growth Through Green Development Online Modules

    Location:

    Online.

    Description:

    This module provides an introduction to the many facets and perspectives of green development. The goal is to increase awareness of green development strategies, techniques and tools that can be used when planning sites, neighborhoods, communities and regions. Module topics include:

    • GD.1: Foundations of Green Development
    • GD.2: Green Infrastructure
    • GD.3: Design the Community on a Human Scale
    • GD.4: Green Site Development
    • GD.5: Are you ready for green development?
  • Institute of Water Research

    Location:

    101A Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    MSU's Institute of Water Research (IWR) provides timely information on contemporary land and water resource issues through coordinated multidisciplinary efforts and advanced information and networking systems. The IWR seeks to strengthen MSU's efforts in nontraditional education, outreach, and interdisciplinary studies using available advanced technology, and partnerships with local, state, regional, and federal organizations and individuals. Activities include coordinating education and training programs on surface and ground water protection, land use and watershed management. Research areas include: modeling, water quality, and agriculture.

  • Junior Citizen Planner Program

    Location:

    Activities are posted at the Website below. They are in PDF format and include: an overview, objectives, subject, skills, duration, materials, background information, step-by-step procedure, assessment options, adaptations/extensions, additional resources, as well as the pertinent Michigan Curriculum Framework Content Standards and Benchmarks and Kent County Core Curriculum. (Activities are not specific to Kent County.)

    Description:

    This fun, hands-on curriculum helps youth understand the connection between civics, the environment, and our community. The Junior Citizen Planner program develops participants' skills in becoming good citizens and responsible decision-makers, and will develop community pride. The primary subject areas covered in the program are:

    • Social Studies, Civics, and Community
    • Geography
    • Environmental Science and Land Use Planning
    • Land Use Technology (GIS, GPS)
  • 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.”

  • Master Citizen Planner Credentialing Program

    Description:

    The Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Program provides advanced skill development and a benchmark for continuing education among Michigan elected and appointed officials and citizen volunteers. The MCP program involves completing the Citizen Planner course of seven core sessions (in classroom or online), passing an examination, developing a capstone project, and meeting continuing education requirements. The MCP designation is an achievement recognized as the standard of excellence among planning officials and community leaders in Michigan, and participants who complete the MCP program receive incentives such as course discounts, exclusive training opportunities, and scholarships for annual conferences and regional training offered by partnering organizations.

  • Master Citizen Planner Webinar Recordings

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Michigan State University (MSU) Extension offers a land use planning and zoning training program called Citizen Planner. The program is a non-credit course series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension with participants having the option to earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential. MCPs are required to earn six hours of continuing education annually to maintain their credential. The MCP Webinar Series is one source for that continuing education. The cost to view each webinar is $10. Each webinar is approximately one hour and will count as one hour of continuing education for MCPs. For a complete list of recordings, please click on the web link below.

  • Master Citizen Planner Webinar Series (2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below

    Location:

    Zoom Webinar

    Description:

    The 2017 Master Citizen Planner (MCP) Webinar Series is designed to offer participants the latest updates and information on current topics. Using Zoom Webinar, MSU Extension educators will provide an overview of topics of interest to planning and zoning officials. Webinars are the third Thursday of February, April, June, August, October and December from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. MCPs will earn one hour of continuing education per webinar.

  • Michigan Citizen Planner Classroom Program: Macomb County (March - May 2017)

    Dates:

    Class begins on March 9 and continues on Thursday evenings, 6 - 9 p.m., March 16, 23, 29, April 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 2017. There will be no class on April 6, 2017. The May 4 class is not required for the Citizen Planner certificate and may not be used as a substitute for a core class (1-7), but is required to be considered for a scholarship from Macomb County.

    Location:

    MSU Extension Office Assembly room, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036

    Description:

    Michigan Citizen Planner offers a seven-week, non-credit course called “Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning” that leads to an optional certificate of completion awarded by MSU Extension. Earning the certificate involves the successful completion of seven core sessions.  Courses are held for consecutive weeks at a local facility. Each session is designed to be approximately 2½ hours in length and includes hands-on learning exercises. The seven core sessions of “Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning” provide a basic skill set and are required for certification. Participants with limited time may enroll in individual sessions of their choosing.

  • Michigan Citizen Planner Classroom Program: St. Joseph County (March - May 2017)

    Dates:

    The St. Joseph County Citizen Planner classroom program will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM beginning March 22, 2017, with class dates of March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 and May 3.

    Location:

    Southwest MI Construction Code Essential Standards Library, 68596 Thomas Road, White Pigeon, MI 49099

    Description:

    Michigan Citizen Planner offers land use education and training to locally appointed and elected planning officials. The Citizen Planner program is a seven-session series leading to a certificate of completion awarded by MSUE. Michigan Citizen Planner empowers local officials to shape the future of their communities by providing them with the tools and education they need to lead. Participants may also choose to continue on with the program and earn the Master Citizen Planner (MCP) credential by completing the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning, an exam, and a capstone presentation. Master Citizen Planners receive course discounts, exclusive training opportunities and other incentives.

  • Michigan County and Statewide Historic Aerial Imagery Archive

    Location:

    Geography Building, 2nd Floor, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The RS&GIS Aerial Imagery Archive is home to the largest repository of remotely-sensed imagery for the State of Michigan. The collection features:

    • County and statewide historic aerial photography datasets acquired by state and federal agencies dating from the 1920's to the 2000's.
    • The Archive generally maintains at least one photoset per decade for every location in Michigan
    • County, State, and Federal digital orthoimagery datasets.
    • GIS-ready datasets
    • Unique datasets such as Great Lakes shoreline imagery, high altitude color infrared photography, large-scale project-level photography, etc.

    The majority of the collection has been scanned. Imagery may be ordered via e-mail/phone/fax and delivered via digital transfer over the Internet. Imagery may also be accessed on site by appointment.

  • Michigan Natural Features Inventory

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) is a comprehensive, continuously updated source of data on Michigan's endangered, threatened, or special concern plant and animal species, natural communities, and other natural features. MNFI offers several resources, including: survey forms for recording observations on special plant and animal species; lists of endangered and threatened animals, special animals and plants, natural communities, and resources; abstracts; maps; publications, including quarterly and annual reports; and information on many types of permit applications.

  • Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a sustainability toolkit designed for planners, developers, community leaders, and the general public concerning the planning of future development in the Tri-County Area and how it impacts our health.  Specifically, it uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs to help inform users why or why not a particular development should be built in a specific location.

  • Placemaking Assessment Tool

    Location:

    Online: http://landpolicy.msu.edu/resources/placemaking_assessment_tool 

    Description:

    The Land Policy Institute has released a Placemaking Assessment Tool (PAT) that will continue to help communities develop quality places that are attractive and functional in Michigan.  The purpose of placemaking is to create quality places where people want to live, work, play, learn and visit. Effective placemaking creates or restores a higher quality living environment in key parts of a community through urban development or redevelopment and provides a wider range of living, transportation, entertainment, recreation and related options to existing and new residents in (and visitors to) communities.

  • 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.

     

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