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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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Science Research and Training

    Location:

    2nd Floor Geography Building, 673 Auditorium Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824.

    Description:

    RSGIS provides spatial analysis services to local and state government agencies.  Recognized as the leading source of spatial technology expertise in the state, RSGIS staff assists the State of Michigan with data acquisition, quality control, and software programming.  They also provide training workshops in GIS, remote sensing and cartography for working professionals.  They operate an imagery archive that houses photo and satellite images for the state of Michigan from the 1930s to present.  They employ a number of geography undergraduate and graduate students on many projects.

  • Remote Sensing & GIS Workshops (August, September, November 2017)

    Dates:

    All workshops times are 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.

    August 21-23, 2017
    Introduction to ArcGIS - 2 days
    ArcGIS II - Beyond the Basics - 1 day

    August 29-31, 2017
    Hands-on Drone-to-GIS Workflows - 3 days

    September 18-20, 2017
    Hands-on Drone-to-GIS Workflows - 3 days

    November 6-8, 2017
    Introduction to ArcGIS - 2 days
    ArcGIS II - Beyond the Basics - 1 day

    Location:

    219 Geography Building, 673 Auditorium Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Training Center at the RS&GIS is a state-of-the-art computer facility, equipped with the latest software and hardware. This lab is the perfect place to take a RS&GIS workshop or host your own event. These one- to two- days of CEU certified technical workshops cover the principle tools of geospatial technology. These hands-on classes, taught by a staff of Certified GIS Professionals, give you the opportunity to expand your technical skills, spatial knowledge, and software proficiency. Full-day or multiple-day courses carry CEU credits.

     

  • 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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