This course focuses on the complex linkages between human and natural systems. Environmental planning utilizes methodologies which are systematic, iterative, and transparent and relies on integrating a wide spectrum of contemporary environmental issues in order to achieve more sustainable land use outcomes. As an interdisciplinary course, it draws from the fields of planning, geography, design, land use law, public policy, economics, natural science, and engineering among others.
This course aims to equip students with a broad knowledgebase which focuses on landscape components and processes. Further, students will develop the necessary land use analysis and management skills in order to help guide land use decision making, engage stakeholders, and minimize/mitigate conflict between natural and built systems in an effort to produce more sustainable land use patterns and plans.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop an understanding for a broad spectrum of natural factors and processes and their relationships to land use and development patterns;
  • Utilize methodologies and techniques central to environmental land analysis;
  • Explore and develop an understanding of technologically based strategies for mitigating the environmental impacts of land use decisions and development;
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate principles of environmentally sensitive land use, design, development and decision making within the land use planning process; and
  • Develop an understanding of applying policies and programs to control land use impacts and to protect and restore environmental resources.

Identical to: RNR 572; RNR is home department.

May be convened with: PLG 472.

Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E