Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2016
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Michigan State University
EN-14: Participation in Public Policy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Ann Erhardt
Chief Sustainability Officer
Infrastructure Planning and Facilities
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Does the institution advocate for national, state/provincial, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

The Land Policy Institute (LPI) at Michigan State University seeks to make a positive difference in addressing current and future public and private land use challenges in Michigan, the Midwest and beyond, through our three focus areas (Placemaking & Regional Prosperity, Land & Planning and Land-Based Resources). The LPI works in partnership with groups on campus and outside of the university on research, outreach and education initiatives that enrich community, economic and family life through the development of effective land use policies, strategies and best practices.


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years:

Placemaking and Regional Policy
There is a growing understanding among academics and policy makers that the role of “place” in economic development is changing. In the Old Economy, places with high economic potential included those places exhibiting the physical resources and infrastructure, and potentially tax incentives, to attract large companies. In the New Economy, however, economic growth is driven more by human capital, particularly “knowledge workers,” who are highly mobile and can locate anywhere. These talented individuals are looking for places that are vibrant (nightlife, arts and culture, diversity), connected (walkable, bikable, transit-oriented), green (parks, trails, energy efficiency) and entrepreneur friendly. Also, because the economies of communities within a region are interdependent, regional collaboration and the pursuit of common visions is necessary to achieve effective placemaking. Activities within this focus area seek to help communities better understand the role of place in regional prosperity, and identify policies and programs that support this transformation.

Related Programs/Initiatives:
Planning & Zoning Center at MSU
Land Policy Research Program
Mid-Michigan Program for Greater Sustainability
Seasonal Population Analysis of Northwest Michigan
Rebuilding Prosperous Places Initiative
LPI and Governor’s Regional Reinvention Committee
LPI & the MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute
Service on Sense of Place Council


A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):

N/A


The website URL where information about the institution’s advocacy efforts is available:

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