Tammi Laninga

Associate Professor


Dr. Laninga, AICP, former Director of the Bioregional Planning and Community Design program at the University of Idaho, has nearly a decade of experience facilitating student/community partnerships. Completed projects include: comprehensive plan updates; land use ordinance revisions; housing site and waterfront development conceptual designs; and rails to trails and regional trail plans. In 2010 she, along with the BIOP Program, was awarded the Western Regional Outreach Scholarship Foundation Engagement Award from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

From 2011-2016, Dr. Laninga was a principle investigator (PI) for the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) examining the social acceptance of a wood-based biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest and conducting regional asset mapping, supply chain analyses, and biofuels facility siting studies.

Dr. Laninga enjoys mentoring students. She has supervised sixteen masters students and one Ph.D. student; served as a committee member for twenty others; and advised seven undergraduate student internships, independent study projects, and a Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) grant. At WWU, Dr. Laninga teaches environmental policy and urban planning courses. She is also the program advisor for the River Leadership and Studies Certificate.   


B.S. Environmental Policy (1994), Western Washington University; M.A. Geography (2000) and Ph.D. (2005), University of Colorado

Research Interests

Federal land use policy and planning, collaborative planning, community economic development, and the social components of bioenergy development.


Newman, S., D., Saul, R. Keefe, R. Jacobson, T. Laninga, and J. Moroney.  2017. “ ‘The Devil Is in the Details’: Inland Northwest Stakeholders' Views on Three Forest-Based Bioenergy Scenarios.” Forest Science. 

Moroney, J.*, T. Laninga, and R. Brooks. 2016. “Slash and Learn: Revealing Stakeholder Knowledge, Support, and Preferred Communication Methods Relative to Wood-Based Biofuels Projects.” Journal of Extension, 54(5):5RIB10.

Jacobson, R.A.*, R.F. Keefe, A.M.S. Smith, T. Laninga, D. Inman, S. Metlen, D.A. Saul, and S.M. Newman. 2016. “Multi-Spatial Analysis of Forest Residue Utilization for Bioenergy.” Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, 10(5): 560-575.

Schuette, C.* and T. Laninga. 2016. “The Spatial Distribution and Quantification of Food Insecurity in the North Central Health District of Idaho.” Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 11(3): 396-413. 

Eitel, K., J. Schon, J. Hougham, D. Hendrickson, T. Laninga, G. Fizzell. 2015. “Teacher Professional Development for Energy Literacy: A Comparison of Two Approaches.” Journal of Sustainability Education

Hougham, R. J., S. Hollenhorst, J. Schon, K. Eitel, D. Hendrickson, C. Gotch, T. Laninga, L. James, B. Hough, D. Schwartz, S. Preslley, K. Olsen, L. Hasselbach, Q. Langfitt, J. Moslemi. 2015. “From the Forest to the Classroom: Energy Literacy as a Co-product of Biofuels Research.”  Journal of Sustainability Education.

Laninga, T., S. Millman*, M. Payne*. 2014. “From Wood to Wing: Opportunities to Build an Advanced Biofuels Industry the Pacific Northwest Utilizing its Timber-based Assets.” Western Planner, 35(5): 12-19.

Gillan, J. K.*, E. K. Strand, J. W. Karl, K.P. Reese and T. Laninga. 2012. “Using Spatial Statistics and Point Pattern Simulations to Assess the Spatial Dependency between Greater Sage-Grouse and Man-Made Features.” Wildlife Society Bulletin, 37(2):301-310.

Laninga, T., G. Austin and W. McClure. 2012. “Community-University Partnerships in Small-Town Idaho: Addressing Diverse Community Needs through Interdisciplinary Outreach and Engagement.” Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 4(2):5-17.

Haines, A. M., M. Leu, L. K. Svancara, J. M. Scott, K.Vierling, S. Martinuzzi and T. Laninga. 2012. “Incorporating Wildlife Conservation into County Comprehensive Plans: A GIS Approach.” Northwest Science, 86(1):53-70.

Lowry, M.B., T. Laninga, M. Zimmerman* and K. Kingsbury*. 2011. “Using Traffic Simulation Software to Manage Recreational River Boats on Public Lands.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2244(1):107-15.