Course code:



M - Intermediate

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

In this course we will examine what key physical aspects make communities desirable places to live, work, and visit, and how principals of sustainability can be integrated into the planning process.

New development often undermines a sense of place and poses threats to environmental resources such as water quality. Through analyzing a local town in terms of its natural resources, cultural history, scenic quality, and the built environment, students determine how new development and conservation may be balanced. They learn how to use computerized geographic information systems (GIS) as a planning tool in developing their recommendations.

Students present their final class project to local community decision-makers.




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