Sustainable Urban Planning News


Celebrating Black History: Webinar on Urban Design & Placemaking for Communities of Color

February 17, 2023
On February 9th, GW’s Sustainable Urban Planning Student Organization (SUPSO) presented an online panel on Urban Design and Placemaking in Communities of Color in commemoration of Black History Month.
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Sustainable Urban Planning Student Organization Hosts Park[ing] Day

September 26, 2022

The GW Sustainable Urban Planning Student Organization (SUPSO) hosted the 2022 Annual Park[ing] Day on September 16.

Sustainable Urban Planning Student Selected for Urban Land Institute Program

June 15, 2022
Ms. Elizabeth (Liz) Rose, a second-year student pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable urban planning at The George Washington University, has been selected for the prestigious Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Randall Lewis Health Mentorship Program.

Two Urban Planning Students Receive APA Diversity Scholarships

March 28, 2022
Congratulations to Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP) students Arielle Lofton and Tambo Prince for receiving the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association Diversity Fellowship (NCAC-APA).

College Receives Highest Level of Green Office Certification

March 26, 2022
We are happy to announce the Office of Sustainability has certified the College of Professional Studies (CPS) with the highest level of certification following the criteria of the Green Office Network at the George Washington University.
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GW Team Wins Students Reinventing Cities Competition

December 16, 2021
Congratulations to the GW team for winning the Students Reinventing Cities competition, led by second year Sustainable Urban Planning student Joy McFadden. The Ivy City Renaissance Project team also consisted of three undergraduate GW students and two graduate students from Pantheon-Sorbonne University (PSL) in Paris. The GW team competed in the global Students Reinventing Cities competition for students to share their vision for green & thriving city neighborhoods.

CPS Adds Product Management to Its List of Boot Camps

December 13, 2021
Since 2017 CPS has been offering short-term non-credit boot camps in a variety of subject matters in collaboration with 2U/edX. The latest addition to the list is the Product Management Boot Camp which will be launched on March 31, 2022.
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What’SUP GW: Student Run Podcast Now on Spotify

September 12, 2021
Want to learn about #parkequity from leading experts? Listen to the what’SUP GW,” a new, student-run podcast organized and produced by students enrolled in CPS’s master’s degree program in Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP).
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Commissioner Silver Reflects on Planning & Designing for Equity

June 15, 2021
Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks shared his reflections on how as an urban planner and parks commissioner, he implemented planning and designing for equity and what lessons planners and designers can learn to do the same.
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Sustainable Urban Planning Program Celebrates 10 year Anniversary

March 10, 2021
In celebration of our alumni community of change agents, we have launched an anniversary website commemorating 10 years of program excellence.
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SUP Alumna Selected as 2021 Climate Ambassador

March 09, 2021
Congratulations to Fjollë Caka ‘18, a Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP) alumna in GW’s College of Professional Studies, on her selection as a 2021 Climate Ambassador of the Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN). She will raise awareness about climate change as part of an initiative of young professionals in her home country of Kosovo.
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Two SUP Students Awarded APA Diversity Fellowship

December 10, 2020
Congratulations to Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP) students Alexander Davis and Courtney Wheeler for receiving the inaugural National Capital Area Chapter of the APA Diversity Fellowship (NCAC-APA).
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New Sustainable Urban Planning Newsletter Features Students & Faculty

September 05, 2020
The inaugural issue of the Sustainable Urban Planning Program (SUP) newsletter features interviews with three students about their experiences in the program, examples of hands-on student projects, snapshots of faculty activities, as well as information on urban planning career trends.
Sustainable Urban Planning Newsletter July 2020

Sustainable Urban Planning Program Launches Newsletter

August 05, 2020
The inaugural issue of the Sustainable Urban Planning program newsletter features student and faculty highlights, as well as urban planning career trends.
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Sustainable Urban Planning Students Gain Hands-on Land Use Study Experience with Arlington County

March 04, 2020
Sustainable Urban Planning master's degree students enrolled in the studio course gained hands-on professional planning experience through a partnership with Arlington County’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development. The students had the opportunity to work directly with professional planning staff in Arlington County, and participate in a real world land use study plan.
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Getting to Know Dr. Sandra Whitehead: New Program Director for Sustainable Urban Planning

September 03, 2019
Dr. Sandra Whitehead took the helm as the interim program director of the Sustainable Urban Planning Program (SUP) effective July 1, 2019. Now that Dr. Whitehead is settling into her new role, we wanted to give our readers a chance to get to know her a little better.
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Sustainable Urban Planning Leader Recognized for Contributions to GW

August 25, 2019
Dr. John I. Carruthers, the founding director of the Sustainable Urban Planning program, left GW this summer to join Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning as an associate professor. His contributions to GW include eight years as leader and program director extraordinaire. He excelled in growing and shaping the SUP program to the point where it could pass the rigorous test of accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).
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Sustainable Urban Planning Program Receives Accreditation

June 09, 2019
We are honored to announce that The Sustainable Urban Planning master’s degree has now received accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). This is a high academic standard that recognizes professional planning programs in North America based on performance, integrity and quality.
Adele Ashkar

A Campus for Creatures: GW’s Sustainable Grounds Initiative

May 29, 2019
Adele Ashkar, CPS’s associate dean for academic excellence, has been assisting with GW’s sustainable campus initiatives using her extensive experience in landscape design and sustainable plants. She meets once a month with GW's Division of Operations and progress is being made all over campus.
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In Memoriam: Nancy Tappan, a Sustainable Urban Planning Student

August 26, 2018
Nancy Tappan, a well-respected student in the Sustainable Urban Planning Program passed away on July 25, 2018. When it became clear she wouldn’t be returning to school to finish the very end of her program, the George Washington University awarded her an honorary master’s degree. The program and the community within it were among the most important elements of Nancy’s rich life, so she was very happy to find out about the honorary degree in hospice care, shortly before she passed away.
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Sustainable Urban Planning Graduate Receives Prestigious GW Award at Commencement

June 21, 2018
“I’m honored to receive the George Washington Award, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by the GW University in recognition of my significant contributions to university life -- in front of 25,000 people at the National Mall,” tweeted Fjollë Caka, May 2018 Sustainable Urban Planning master’s degree graduate. Since she came to GW two years ago, Fjollë has distinguished herself with high academic achievements and numerous contributions to university life.
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Sustainable Urban Planning Students Learn About Climate Change in Bangladesh

April 24, 2018
What impact is climate change having on Bangladesh and why is this significant? Ten students from GW’s Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP) master’s degree program gathered first-hand observations to answer these questions during a ten-day, study abroad trip in February.
Zhexing Li, SUP graduate

US News Reports on Value of Master of Professional Studies degrees for International Students

June 26, 2017
While Zhexing Li pursued his Master of Professional Studies degree, known as an MPS, in sustainable urban planning, many prospective international students may be unaware of them as these degrees are usually offered in the U.S. and Canada.
Leah Sheppard

Bright Future for Sustainable Urban Planning Student

April 05, 2017

“Congratulations to first-year Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP) student Leah Sheppard on her new, full-time position with the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability!

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Cutting-Edge Sustainable Urban Planning Program Begins Accreditation Process

February 11, 2017
The program received “candidacy status” in January 2017 and aims to be fully accredited beginning in 2019.
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Sustainable Urban Planning Program Begins Accreditation Process

January 12, 2017
The program received “candidacy status” this month and aims to be fully accredited beginning in 2019.