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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."

  • 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
  • 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 Education Resources: MSU Extension

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension will provide accurate information on basic planning and zoning techniques, as well as current “best practices.” Classes will address land use, community development and environmental issues facing Michigan communities today. Extension educators will also assist local officials by offering training in planning and project management, funding tools, budgeting and record keeping.

  • Master Citizen Planner Live Webinar Series (March - September 2020)

    Dates:

    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm on the following dates:

    March 19, April 16, May 21, June 25, July 16, September 17, 2020

    Location:

    Zoom Webinar

    Description:

    The 2020 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. Most of the webinars fall on the third Thursday in March, April, May, June (4th Thursday), July and September.  Webinars take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Each session is available individually or participants can register for all six at once. All webinars will be recorded and sent to registrants.

  • Michigan County and Statewide Historic Aerial Imagery Archive

    Description:

    The RS&GIS Aerial Imagery Archive at Michigan State University is the best place to acquire historic imagery needed to complete your research or analysis. Our Archive is home to the largest repository of remotely-sensed imagery for Michigan.

    Available Data

    • Aerial datasets acquired by counties, the State of Michigan, and federal agencies dating from the 1920's to the 2000's.  The Archive generally maintains at least one photo set 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, large-scale (high resolution) project-level imagery, color infrared photography, etc.
    • Statewide soils, topography, and wetlands available in GIS format.
  • 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 and GIS Workshops

    Dates:

    Please see current schedule at the website link below.

    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.

  • Zoning Administrator Certificate Training Program (January, February 2020)

    Dates:

    January 14 (9am - 11:30am), January 22 (1:30pm - 4pm), and February 6 - 7, 2020

    Location:

    • January 14 and 22, 2020: Zoom video conference
    • February 6 - 7, 2020: Bay Harbor Village Hotel and Conference Center, Bay Harbor, MI

    Description:

    This program was designed to offer zoning administration techniques in ways that reduce legal risks to the zoning administrator (ZA) and their community. It is the ONLY such program in the state!  There are eight training modules in the Zoning Administrator Certificate Program, and each is 1.5-2.5 hours of classroom time (including an individual or group activity).

    • Job Description, Responsibilities and Basic Ethics.
    • Legal Issues.
    • Reviewing Applications: Common Procedures and Use of Forms.
    • Reviewing Plot Plans and Site Plans.
    • Inspections and Violations.
    • Preparing Files, Reports and Record Keeping
    • Interactions with other Professionals and Agencies, and Departmental Duties.
    • Customer Service and Counter Behavior.
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