Stacey Swearingen White

School of Public Affairs & Administration Director and Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 4060K



Courses taught:

UBPL 200: Sustainability and Society
UBPL 763: Professional Practice
UBPL 773: Environmental Planning Implementation 


American Planning Association
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning


B.A., Philosophy., Emory University, 1989
M.S., Environmental Studies, University of Montana, 1993
Ph.D., Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998

Recent Publications

White, Stacey Swearingen. (forthcoming, 2014) Campus Sustainability Plans in the United States: Where, What, and How to Evaluate? International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Sparks, Laura Hewitt and Stacey Swearingen White. 2013. Going Green? The Impacts of Sustainability Planning in Greensburg, Kansas, USA. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning 8(3): 288-304.

White, Stacey Swearingen and Theresa Selfa. 2013. Shifting Lands: Exploring Kansas Farmer Decision-making in an Era of Climate Change and Biofuels Production. Environmental Management 51(2): 379-391.  DOI: 101007/s00267-012-9991-6.

Pierce, John, Bonnie J. Johnson, and Stacey S. White. 2012. Social, Creative, Human, and Political Capital Effects on Sustainability Initiatives in Kansas Counties: A Research Note.” Community Development DOI:10.1080/15575330.2012.720581. Available online at:

Johnson, Bonnie J. and Stacey Swearingen White. 2010. “Promoting Sustainability through Transportation Infrastructure? Innovation and Inertia in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.” Journal of Urban Planning and Development 136, 4: 303-313.

White, Stacey Swearingen. 2010. “Out of the Rubble and Towards a Sustainable Future: The “Greening” of Greensburg, Kansas.” Sustainability 2, 7: 2302-2319. Available online at:

White, Stacey Swearingen, J. Christopher Brown, Jane Gibson, Eric Hanley, and Dietrich Earnhart. 2009. “Planting Food or Fuel: Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the Role of Culture in Farmers’ Decisions to Grow Second-Generation Biofuel Feedstock Crops.” Comparative Technology Transfer and Society 7, 3: 287-302.

White, Stacey Swearingen. 2009. “Early Participation in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 10, 3: 215-227. Outstanding Paper Award Winner.

White, Stacey Swearingen and Michael R. Boswell. 2007. “Stormwater Quality and Local Government Innovation.” Journal of the American Planning Association 73, 2: 185-193.

White, Stacey Swearingen and Cliff Ellis. 2007. “Sustainability, the Environment, and New Urbanism: An Assessment and Agenda for Research.” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 24, 2: 125-142.

White, Stacey Swearingen and Michael R. Boswell. 2006. “Planning for Water Quality: Implementation of the NPDES Phase II Stormwater Program in California and Kansas.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 49, 1: 141-160.

Awards and Honors

Recipient, University of Kansas Sustainability Leadership Award for Faculty, October 2010.

Fellow, University of Kansas Senior Administrative Fellows Program, 2010-2011.

Award winner, Emerald Literati Network, 2010 Award for Excellence, outstanding paper of the year for 2009 in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Recipient, Jack and Nancy Bradley Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning, May 18, 2008.


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