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  • Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability


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


    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.

  • Drainage Workshop (February 2020)


    February 12 - 13, 2020


    The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Rd., Lansing, MI 48910


    Easy-to-use online tools will be used to simplify the design process and maximize return on investment in the drainage system. These tools will help estimate the optimum drain spacing to maximize profit, and thereby avoid too narrow or too wide drain spacings. Application of these user-friendly tools is what sets this workshop aside from other drainage workshops.

    What will be taught?

    • Topics will include
    • basics of soils and water movement in soils
    • drainage principles
    • economics of drainage
    • contour maps
    • drainage design
    • user-friendly design tools
    • estimating cost
    • legal aspects of drainage
    • tips for doing your own tiling
    • safety in installation
    • controlled drainage design
    • controlled drainage impact on water quality and crop yield.

    The drainage design process begins with basic design considerations and will follow a step-by-step procedure for solving individual and small-team hands-on problems.

  • Mid-Michigan Health Impact Assessment




    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.

  • Planning and Zoning Center


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


    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.


  • South Campus Field Research Facilities


    The station’s 2,739 acres of farmland and forest are located south of Mt. Hope Road on MSU’s south campus.


    There are 18 research facilities located on the south campus of MSU that allow AgBioResearch scientists to perform research in the areas of animal science and production, plant production and protection, environment and natural resources management, and renewable energy. State-of-the-art facilities and 2,739 acres of farmland and forest allow scientists to perform research close to campus and allow growers to view a number of demonstration plots in one visit to the university.

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