January 31 2013

(The GRID Assistant Editor) Elizabeth Bastian: Dearborn, Michigan

Elizabeth BastianA big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest Assistant Editor, Elizabeth Bastian from Dearborn, Michigan.

Elizabeth Bastian is currently pursuing a B.A. in Urban and Regional Studies and Anthropology, along with a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, from the University of Michigan at Dearborn. Growing up in the metro-Detroit area produced in her a vested interest in urban planning, environmental design, and community development. Elizabeth is the Managing Editor for her school newspaper, The Michigan Journal, President of the Cross Country Club on campus, and a member of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, Dearborn chapter. After graduation, she plans on obtaining a Master’s in Urban Planning and becoming an urban planning consultant, acting as a mediator between the neighborhood residents and the city planners.

Renée van Staveren

Renée van Staveren is the Founder of Global Site Plans. She holds a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also holds a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College. Prior to establishing Global Site Plans and The Grid, Renée van Staveren was an Assistant Planner for A-M-M-A Transit Planning and the Program Director for Planet Green. In June 2014 Renée moved from Istanbul, Turkey, where she'd lived for four years, to return to the beautiful city of San Francisco. She is now a Manager at the Urban Land Institute's San Francisco District Council. You can find her at one of their many events, so pop in and say hello.

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