URP 578

URP 578– Environmental Planning Methods

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Course No.: 10317

Department: Urban and Regional Planning

Semester: 2017 Fall

Location: Hayes Hall – 327

Meeting Day(s): Monday

Meeting Time: 8:10 AM - 10:50 AM

Faculty: Page

This course studies the methods used in environmental planning and management to create and implement plans to solve environmental problems.  Each week the course studies a different environmental problem. There are assigned readings about the problem and how a plan making process and methods are used in a specific local project. Most weeks there will be a field trip to a local project that is actively working to solve the specific environmental problem that is the topic of the week for the course.  A local environmental professional will lead the field trip and explain how the team developed a plan using specific methods to solve the environmental problem. The topics studied include: Environmental Impact Assessment, Wildlife and Biodiversity Planning, Community Gardens, Open Space Planning, Contaminated Brownfields Remediation and Redevelopment, Stream Restoration, Storm Water Management, Invasive Species, Urban Reforestation, Wetlands Restoration, Recycling, and Solid Waste Management.

The course is designed to provide students with an understanding and hands-on working knowledge of the plan making process and specific environmental planning methods. This is one of the courses required to obtain the Certificate of Specialization in Environmental and Land Use Planning offered by UB’s School of Architecture and Planning.