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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) interviewed student Leah Sheppard for their Student Spotlight.


On May 23, 2017, Zhexing Li, a graduate of the MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning program, was interviewed by U.S. News and World Report on the value of an MPS degree for international students.


On January 12, 2017, GW Today covered the recent announcement that the Planning Accreditation Board granted Candidacy Status to the MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning degree, which can now take the next step in the process toward the goal of full accreditation.


Map of 2016’s Greenest Cities in America

On October 12, 2016, a report on 2016's Greenest Cities in America was published by WalletHub. Within this report, our SUP program director, John Carruthers was interviewed as an expert on the following four important questions:

  • Should cities invest in “going green”? What are the benefits of doing so? 
  • What types of “green” policies or investments offer the biggest bang for the buck?
  • How can state and local authorities attract renewable-energy companies and other “green” businesses?
  • What are some easy ways individuals can “go green” without much cost or effort?


Looking to 2026 - A Strategic Plan for the SUP Program

Now Available:

Looking to 2026 - A Strategic Plan for the Sustainable Urban Planning Program 

This recently completed document provides many insights into GW's current plans and future objectives surrounding the Sustainable Urban Planning program.


GW Contingent at the SNU-GWU Summit on Sustainable Cities

On May 20, 2016, participants gathered for the SNU-GWU Summit on Sustainable Cities in Seoul, South Korea. Students from GW and from Seoul National University engaged each other in discussions and presentations across three main topics: Urban Management, Urban Ecology, and Urban Competition. GW students are also gaining important experiences through meetings with economic and political advisors at the US Embassy, receiving briefings on urban planning from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, going on site visits ranging from a wholesale market which handles 50% of the region's food to waste management facilities--an energy reclamation plant and an innovative recycling center, and they will also be making presentations at Chung Ang University and Yonsei University.


On March 14, 2016, the Washington Post ran an article titled: "A transportation planning degree combines sustainability, transit and city development." An excerpt related to our alumna and program director is included below:

Ruby Shamayleh, 38, who landed a job in a civil engineering firm shortly after graduating from George Washington University’s sustainable urban planning program in 2013, wasn’t following a specific interest in transportation. But once she started work, she realized her training in climate change and urban planning had been “a game changer.”

“I was the only one [in the firm] trained in climate-change management, and when you’re talking about vulnerability in the transportation sector, you need to understand the basics of climate change,” Shamayleh says. Her job was to assess what structures — bridges, highways, tracks, etc. — could become vulnerable to future flooding and instruct clients such as Maryland’s State Highway Administration on how to strengthen them.

Sustainability is a theme that permeates transportation discussions. “Urban living is actually key to doing things like reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says John Carruthers, director of GW’s sustainable urban planning program, “because urban living facilitates people using mass transit systems, which help to minimize use of single cars.”