Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities

Connecting the UI with Iowa communities.

Exemplary student project award for Tama’s 2040 plan

2021-2022 engaged learning projects with IISC

URP alumni lead Derecho response initiative

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Ranking of master's programs in urban and regional planning without a PhD, according to Planetizen in 2017.

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States in which urban and regional planning alumni work.

News & Events

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Bio of Professor Carrie Schuettpelz

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Professor Carrie Schuettpelz’s journey into teaching was recently featured in a profile on the University of Iowa’s website. Schuettpelz discusses her experiences studying abroad, studying public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and working as a homelessness policy advisor for the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama Administration.
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Zuhlke Article on Nonprofit Outcomes Published

Thursday, December 9, 2021
University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs
Assistant Professor Sam Zuhlke’s research article, “Acres for the Affluent: An Interactive Model of Nonprofit Resources and Demand Heterogeneity” has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

New Undergrad Course Approved for Social Sciences Gen Ed

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Professor Sam Zuhlke will be teaching PBAF/URP 2020:Environment and Society: Sustainability, Policy, and Politics starting in Spring 2022. This new course meets the Social Sciences Gen Ed requirement for undergrads!