Dr. Nicholas Zaferatos


Environmental Studies

Professor, Urban Planning

(360) 650-7660


ES444, MS9085

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Nicholas Zaferatos, Ph.D., AICP, is a professor of urban planning and sustainable development at Huxley College of the Environment, WWU. He serves as the program director for the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development program, co-directs the minor in Sustainable Design, and directs WWU's faculty led global learning program in Mediterranean Sustainable Development in Greece. His teaching emphasis in urban planning, sustainable development, Native American planning, and environmental policy complements his regional and international service learning teaching and research interests. He is active in promoting sustainability education at Western Washington University, serving appointments on university committees, academies, and initiatives. Since 2005, Dr. Zaferatos has directed several service learning programs in sustainable development in Washington State and internationally. His applied sustainability studies in Greece has received national and international recognition, including the 2017 APA/PAW Outstanding Student Planning Project award; the 2009 Green Good Design Award (The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies); the 2008 SETE National Honor Sustainability Award (Athens); and the 2006 6th Honorific Mediterranean Sustainability Award (Spain). Regionally, he is the recipient of the 2011 Sustainability Award: Creating Sustainability Partnerships (Western Washington University and Office of Sustainability), the 2004 Builder of Bellingham Award (Community Service Distinction, WWU), and the 2000 National High Honor Award (Harvard University’s Tribal Governance Program: Honoring Nations).

His professional practice in urban planning spans over 35 years and includes positions as director of planning agencies, executive tribal government managerial positions, consulting, as well as decades of civic appointment service on planning commissions, zoning boards, and gaming regulatory boards with local, regional and Native American governments. He also serves as the CEO for an international non profit organization promoting sustainability education in the Mediterranean region, and sits on scientific boards for international non profit organizations.


Recent publications

Nicholas C. Zaferatos. (2017). Planning the Native American Indian Reservation: from Theory to Empowerment. Syracuse University Press.

Nicholas C. Zaferatos. (2015). “Planning in Native American Reservation Communities: Sovereignty, Conflict and Political Pluralism” in Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning. Michael A. Burayidi, (Editor). University of Toronto Press.



PhD Urban Design & Planning, University of Washington; MS Urban & Regional and Environmental Planning, Western Washington University; BA Regional Geography, University of Buffalo, State University of New York