Chair, Urban and Regional Planning Area; Director, Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program
Office: 295B Humphrey School
Environmental and land use planning; public participation; planning decision-making; plan implementation; sustainable development
Carissa Slotterback, Associate Professor, teaches courses in environmental planning, public engagement, and sustainability planning. She currently serves as Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research is focused on stakeholder involvement and decision-making related to environmental, land use, and transportation planning. She has a particular interest in how stakeholders perceive impacts and use information in making decisions, focusing on impact assessment, collaborative decision-making, and sustainability planning approaches.
Her current projects include research on collaborative modeling and visualization around biomass production and water quality in agricultural landscapes, funded by the University of Minnesota’s MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program and previously by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is also examining the intersection of land use and water quality planning and policy in urban areas as part of collaborative research project focused on Improving Urban Vegetation for Water Quality, funded by the Institute on the Environment on the Environment. In addition, she is a U.S. representative to an international collaborative convened by the International Energy Agency to identify and advance best practices related to energy and climate change planning and policy at the community scale. Finally, she is studying public engagement experiences and strategies among the Somali Diaspora in the Twin Cities, with funding from the Norwegian Foreign Ministry. Additional recent projects include a study of complete streets planning and implementation in communities across the U.S., which resulted in the Complete Streets from Policy to Project report. Additional recent projects addressed topics including participatory scenario planning for transportation, sustainability indicators, climate change in environmental impact analysis, flexible zoning approaches, and integrating health into urban plans and policies.
Dr. Slotterback is the founder and faculty director of the University of Minnesota Sustainability Faculty Network, a collaborative of faculty teaching in sustainability and focused on enhancing sustainability curricula and networks at the University. A key initiative of the Network is the Resilient Communities Project, which is focused on building community – university partnerships to advance sustainability. Carissa developed and leads this program, with support from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and Institute on the Environment. The Resilient Communities Project matches UMN graduate courses with locally-identified projects in a MN partner community, creating opportunities for student learning and advancing the practice of sustainability.
She maintains strong inter-disciplinary connections, serving as member of the graduate faculties in Conservation Biology and Natural Resources Science and Management, and as an adjunct faculty member in Landscape Architecture. She is a Resident Fellow in the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and a Faculty Scholar in the Center for Transportation Studies.
She is an elected member of the Governing Board for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and serves as co-chair of the environmental planning track for the Association's annual conference. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Slotterback also engages extensively with the planning practice community, serving as a Faculty Liaison to the American Planning Association (APA) Minnesota chapter. Before joining the Humphrey School in 2004, Slotterback worked as a long-range planner in Las Vegas and as a planning consultant in Minneapolis. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
She holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Florida State University, a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Clemson University, as well as an undergraduate degree from Winona State University.
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