Geography and Sustainable Planning

Climate change summit to highlight role of education

The annual summit of the GVSU Climate Change Education Solutions Network is November 3-5.

Nov 1, 2021


A Grand Valley expert is helping a thriving county envision its 'highly dynamic' land use future

Chad Frederick and his students are working with an Ottawa County leader to analyze future options.

Jan 21, 2020


State climate expert says warmer, wetter conditions for the future 

Michigan and the Great Lakes region will continue to see warmer and wetter climate patterns for the foreseeable future, said Jeffrey Andresen, state climatologist for Michigan. He said much of the additional precipitation will come during colder months.

Jun 12, 2019


Laker Effect map similar to LinkedIn for community engagement

A new interactive tool will show the impact of community engagement by Grand Valley students, faculty and staff members.

Mar 18, 2019


Professor's energy efficiency efforts earn statewide recognition

Roy Cole, professor of geography and sustainable planning, and his wife, Mary, were nominated for a Governor's Energy Excellence Award for their efforts in making their home energy efficient.

Oct 2, 2018


Alumni to share Laker Effect stories, professional experiences during multiple presentations

A mathematician who works for Disney and the investigative reporter who broke the Larry Nassar sex abuse story will be among 10 alumni from Grand Valley's College of Liberal Arts of Sciences who will return to campus to speak about their professional experiences. The CLAS Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence will participate in presentations, lectures, Q&A sessions and meet-and-greet opportunities on the Allendale Campus October 1-5.

Sep 28, 2018


Local service for former professor set for Saturday

Edwin Joseph, former professor of geography and sustainable planning, died July 26 at his home in South Bend, Indiana.

Aug 15, 2018


Laker contributes to affordable housing projects in New York City

Spencer Wejrowski, a senior majoring in geography and sustainable planning, spent his summer in New York City, aiding the Department of City Planning in its initiatives to provide more affordable housing to city residents. He assisted the department's North Shore team of the Staten Island borough office with land use applications and large planning initiatives. One of these initiatives included the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan, one of the many planning initiatives to create affordable housing citywide as a result of

Aug 7, 2017


Heartwell to discuss impact of local governments on climate change

George Heartwell, former mayor of Grand Rapids, will discuss how local city governments can take proactive measures to help solve what he considers to be one of the largest global threats. His presentation, "Beyond the Paris Accords: Adaptation Planning and Local Government," will take place February 21 on the Allendale Campus.

Feb 15, 2017


Pilot cohort in Detroit for U-M program

Six students are in Detroit, immersed in a program that focuses on the city's history and activism.

Nov 14, 2016