Why Geography, Planning, and Sustainability?

The interconnected and vibrant fields of geography, planning and sustainability offer students and practitioners powerful tools for addressing the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems and concerns.

Westfield State University’s GPS Department hosts the oldest undergraduate degree in Regional Planning among public colleges and universities in New England. In addition to exceptional course offerings, we provide extensive internship opportunities to gain practical field experience in community planning, environmental management, housing, transportation, economic development, sustainable energy, water resources, disaster planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and more.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of 11 percent for urban and regional planners. As populations change, cities grow, biodiversity is threatened and the impacts of climate change ratchet up, it is becoming more important than ever for communities to address the interrelated issues of ecology, economy and equity—sustainability’s triple bottom line.

Planners and geographers are some of the best positioned professionals to contribute to these efforts. We invite you to explore the links and resources below to learn more about our department and the Regional Planning degree opportunities at Westfield State University.

Contact Us

Dr. Brian Conz
Chair - Geography, Planning, and Sustainability Department
Wilson Hall 201a