Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities

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Exemplary student project award for Tama’s 2040 plan

Student Spotlight: Liz Heron

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Ranking of master's programs in urban and regional planning without a PhD, according to Planetizen in 2019.

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States in which urban and regional planning alumni work.

News & Events

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Improving Equitable Home Ownership in Iowa

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Stephanie Murphy, SPPA alum and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Finance Corporation (NFC), was recently quoted in the Cedar Rapids Gazette in an article about equitable home ownership.
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Spak Selected for EPA Advisory Panel

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Associate Professor Scott Spak was recently appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board (SAB).
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Zuhlke Publishes Book on Trust in Government and Drinking Water

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Samantha Zuhlke's new book, The Profits of Distrust: Citizen-Consumers, Drinking Water, and the Crisis of Confidence in American Government, has recently been published and is now available from Cambridge University Press.