What We Do

Environmental Planning

There is an increasing awareness of the impact of city planning on the local and global ecosystems. Environmental planning, once predominantly the realm of environmental engineers, has now emerged as an important cross-disciplinary field, addressing a wide range of issues concerning the interdependencies of built and natural environments.

  Environmental planning is becoming an increasingly essential aspect of urban affairs and city planning in the 21st century.  Students will be exposed to concepts such as sustainable development, smart growth and transit oriented development as well as countless other environmentally oriented theories in a wide range of courses.

The Master of City Planning (MCP) and Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) programs offer an array of courses that enhance understanding of environmentally sensitive planning. The overall focus of these courses is to provide a strong foundation such that graduates of the program can contribute effectively to the planning of sustainable environments. Courses range from surveys that deal with fundamental principles and techniques of environmental planning, to specialized seminars that include disaster mitigation, transportation
planning, and the impacts of urbanization in the global context. Coursework prepares students to assume roles in environmental consulting as well as to integrate environmental issues into urban and regional planning and economic policy.

Current course offerings that address transportation planning include: