David Pijawka is a Full Professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Planning at Arizona State University. He is recognized for his studies in Hazards Research and Resiliency, Environmental Perceptions and Behavior, Urban Sustainability and American Indian Community Planning. Among his most honored awards are the 2009 NAACP Award for Outstanding Education in Environmental Justice, the ASU Innovation Showcase Award for the Tribal Community Planning course at ASU, and the invitation as an alumnus in 2016 to address Clack University on the importance of planning for Native American communities. In 2017, Professor Pijawka received a life-time Honor/Award – the Distinguished 2017 Professional Planner Award by the AZ. American Planning Association. Recently, he completed a planning study that produced guidelines for how to update the Community- Based Land Use Plans for the Navajo Nation and recommended planning processes for their Chapters.
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