Capital Region Sustainable Communities initiative

Project Lead

Jim LaGro

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Community Partner

Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC)


What are the most pressing sustainability challenges facing Wisconsin’s Capital Region?  This question was pondered by the Capital Region Sustainable Communities (CRSC) initiative when it launched in 2010. Funded by a three-year, $2 million grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the CRSC brought together 39 stakeholder organizations representing the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  As an “engaged scholar” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I served on the CRSC’s steering committee, led the sustainability indicator project, and involved my students in supportive projects (e.g., literature reviews, precedent studies, and scenario planning for transit-oriented redevelopment in the Madison metro area).