Capital Region Sustainable Communities initiative

Project Lead

Jim LaGro

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Community Partner

Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC)

Contact

jalagro@wisc.edu

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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).

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