The Use of Sustainable Development Among Professional Planners in Michigan
The idea of sustainable development is rapidly gaining interest. The importance of sustainable development is that it has the ability to include diversity and equality within its concept. However, social justice and equality are not always considered when practicing sustainable development. With the use of a survey, sustainable development practices and the focus on social justice and equity can be researched and examined. The survey is compiled of questions developed from the United States Green Building Council’s LEED-Neighborhood Development standards and other green practice techniques such as bio-economy, social justice and equality, office standards and the general concept of sustainable development. The survey is intended for professional planners in the State of Michigan. The research will define what techniques are currently used in Michigan and the necessary skills and tools needed to include sustainable and social justice practices in planning. Identifying the next steps for a sustainable future and including social justice and equity as key components to the process is essential in moving forward in the fight for sustainability.
Keywords: Sustainable Development, Social Justice, Equity, Planning
Undergraduate Research Assistant, Center for Community and Economic Development, Michigan State University
Dr. Rex LaMore
Director, Center for Community and Economic Development, Michigan State University