UMass Boston Faculty Member Receives 2018 Distinguished Service Award for Coastal Planning Leadership

Colleen Locke | Thu Jan 3, 2019

Former Urban Harbors Institute Director Honored

Jack Wiggin, a professor of practice in coastal urban planning in the School for the Environment (SFE), is the recipient of the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter’s (APA-MA) 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

Wiggin, also an associate lecturer in SFE’s Urban Planning and Community Development (UPCD) program and a senior research fellow in the school’s Urban Harbors Institute, was recognized last month for his role in helping to launch the UPCD program at UMass Boston and his leadership in advancing coastal planning and management in the state through research, technical assistance, and teaching. 

“It is undeniably an honor to receive recognition from my colleagues, and I am grateful that my positions at UMass Boston afforded me the opportunity to contribute to the profession in these ways,” Wiggin said.

Wiggin, who is now retired as director of the Urban Harbors Institute, was also recognized for his contributions to the APA-MA over the past 25 years. He served in several capacities on the chapter board and provided support for a number of chapter initiatives. He’s also a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP).

Before coming to UMass Boston, Wiggin was senior environmental planner with the Connecticut Coastal Management Program, where he assisted the 36 coastal municipalities in preparing comprehensive plans and regulations for their coastal areas. While there, he headed the research, writing, interagency coordination, and initial implementation of Connecticut’s Harbor Management Act. He was also chief land use planner with the law firm Robinson & Cole, assisting private and public sector clients with the planning and regulatory aspects of waterfront development and coastal resource protection.

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