2019 SCUP Conference in Seattle, WA – Aaron Williams presentation

Aaron Williams will be presenting at the 2019 Society for College and University Planning Conference between July 14-16 in Seattle, Washington

July 15, 2019  |  10:00-11:00AM  |  Washington State Convention Center, 4C-1

TITLE: Aligning Environments with Policies and Systems for Wellness

ABSTRACT: Environmental features can have a profound impact on social, mental, and physical health and wellness. This session will provide an in-depth look at integrated planning initiatives to create a framework of policies, systems, and environments that advance campus health and wellness. You will learn one campus’s holistic approach to wellness for its students, staff, and faculty, and how master planning and landscape design efforts aligned to wellness initiatives.

PRESENTERS: Valerie Donovan, Student Wellness Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Stan Szwalek, Associate Principal, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects | Aaron Williams, Assistant Campus Planner, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Nicole Youngberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  1. Define wellness and describe the seven dimensions of wellness.
  2. Describe an ecological approach to wellness that focuses on both population-level and individual-level determinants of health.
  3. Align master planning and landscape master planning processes with health and wellbeing initiatives.
  4. Describe planning and design efforts that can improve the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff, including campus walkability, naturalized landscapes, and biophilic design.

SCUP: The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) unites the best of college and professional planners. They create a range of learning opportunities, from publications to our annual SCUP conference, for their community to share perspectives, resources, best practices, and fresh ideas that move challenges to solutions—building upon a culture of integrated planning.

Integrated planning is a sustainable approach to planning that builds relationships, aligns the organization, and emphasizes preparedness for change. It is a vehicle for achieving, and whether you plan facilities, influence academic direction, or help create your institution’s mission, SCUP can help it all come together.