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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.

  • Citizen Planner Advanced Academy Annual Program (June 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, June 7, 2018. 9:00 am - 4:15 pm.

     

    Location:

    Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

    Description:

    The 2018 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy theme is: The Return on Investments in Your Community: Planning for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Land Uses). Creating and sustaining high-quality communities requires responsible land use policies and careful decision-making. Many popular projects consume resources while other developments generate tax revenue but might be less desirable. Whether its placemaking, the sharing economy, renewable energy systems, medical marijuana facilities, or other hot topics, local leaders must understand what their community wants, who pays for it, and how it impacts the municipality.

    The morning session will feature a keynote panel of private developers representing various industry areas. Hear from their point of view on working together through municipal land use approval processes. Two afternoon sessions will focus on skills that local leaders can use in their communities. Participants will learn from MSU educators and each other about the range of considerations necessary to decision-making and how to improve your community's engagement in the process.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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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