World Planning Day

World Planning Day

Celebrating World Town Planning Day 2022

World Town Planning Day (WTPD) recognizes and promotes the role of planners and planning in creating healthy, prosperous communities. The Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability (GPS) celebrated the day on Nov 7th for the first time. More than 50 people, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors, attended the event. The event was co-organized by GPS, Community Planning + Visualization Lab, Campbell Library, and the students from Community Planning & Site Design (graduate section), in partnership with Rowan University Student Planning Organization (RUSPO). 

The theme for this year's event was Climate-resiliency planning. The event started with a "Build a town with Legos" activity by RUSPO and food. Guest presentations were delivered by Nick Angarone, PP/AICP (NJ Chief Climate Resilience Officer, NJ DEP), and Meghan Wren, AICP (Area Planner, NJ Office of Planning Advocacy). The speakers discussed state- and community-level planning initiatives to combat the climate crisis. 

Dr. Meenar’s Community Planning & Site Design students created a pop-up exhibition of nine thematic posters to educate and spread awareness about Climate-resilience planning. Posters were first displayed in Campbell Library followed by pop-up exhibits in Discovery Hall and Robinson Hall.

To learn more about the event, read a story published in The Whit Online. To see the posters and additional pictures from the event, please visit

For information on our Community & Environmental Planning (undergraduate) and Urban & Regional Planning (graduate) programs, feel free to email Planning faculty Dr. Hasse (, Dr. Keenan (, or Dr. Meenar (