Environmental Planning

Area of Concentration (AoC)

Keywords

sustainability, resilience, environment, climate change, natural hazards, natural resources


Description

Environmental Planning is concerned with the interaction of human settlements and the natural environment. Communities and governments make many decisions, policies, and plans that have profound impacts on the health and integrity of social and ecological systems. Environmental Planning responds to this problem, with an overarching goal of helping planners design human settlements in a way that minimizes impacts on natural ecosystems and minimizes risks to humans.

In addition to a general Environmental Planning AoC, some options for customized AoCs include:  Disaster and Risk Management Planning; Environment and Infrastructure Planning; and Environment and Health Planning.

This AoC prepares MCRP students for careers in environmental planning at various levels of government, non-profit organizations, and consulting companies. Graduates of this area have worked in such areas as sustainability planning, climate change adaptation planning, and disaster resilience planning.


Course Selection

To develop a customized AoC, students should select a suite of appropriate courses (minimum 12 credits) in consultation with their faculty advisor. AoC courses should generally include at least one or two broad knowledge courses, at least one skills course, and at least one in-depth knowledge course, and may include a field experience course. In some cases, students may be starting their MCRP program with some prior training already in their chosen area and may not need broad knowledge and/or skills courses in their AoC suite. To develop an AoC related to Environmental Planning, students would select appropriate courses from among the following:

* = course offered by SCARP in 2018-19


Broad Knowledge

Course No. Course Title Instructor Credits
PLAN 531*  Planning for disaster-resilient communitiesS. Chang3
PLAN 591*  Land use and environmental planningM. Stevens3

 

Skills

Course No.Course TitleInstructorCredits
PLAN 534*Geographic Information Systems (GIS)W. Gushue1
CONS 340Introduction to GIS for forestry and conservation 3
PLAN 595*Facilitation, negotiation and conflict resolution for plannersA. Erfan3
GPP 507Environmental law and policy frameworks 3
LARC 444Urban green space planning 3
LARC 440Site planning 3
RES 500XSurvey design in the environmental social sciences 3

 

In-depth knowledge

Course No. Course TitleInstructorCredits
PLAN 341*Smart cities: Concepts, methods and designM. Tran3
PLAN 597Water resources planningJ.Honey-Rosés3
PLAN 548A*Transportation and air qualityA. Bigazzi3
PLAN 579*Health and the built environmentL. Frank3
PLAN 548Z*Food systems policy, people and planetT. Moreau2
URSY 510*Urban systems and societyJ.Honey-Rosés3
URSY 520*Urban systems analysis and planningM. Tran3
GPP 543Sustainable Water Systems 3
RES 510Social ecological systems 3
RES 520Climate change: Science, technology, and sustainable development 3
CIVL 598Environmental stewardship and urban systems 3

 

Field Experience

Course No.Course TitleInstructorCredits
PLAN 545C* The Barcelona field trip 6

 

 

Full-time Faculty

               **=AOC lead, 2018-19

Stephanie Chang**

Jordi Honey-Rosés

Larry Frank

Maged Senbel

Mark Stevens

Martino Tran

 

Instructors

Erick Villagomez

 

Adjuncts

Bill Buholzer 

Will Trousdale 

 

Postdocs

Jerome Mayaud

Ryan Reynolds

Oscar Zapata