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  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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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