URP 578– Environmental Planning Methods
Course No.: 10328
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Semester: 2018 Fall
Location: Hayes Hall – 327
Meeting Day(s): Monday
Meeting Time: 8:10 AM - 10:50 AM
This course studies the methods used to create and implement plans to solve diverse environmental problems. Each week this course studies a different problem. There are assigned readings about the problem, the plan making process, and the specific methods used at the field trip site. This course is distinctive because the weekly there field trip to a specific project site. Each field trip is led by a participant in the diverse team of local professionals who developed the plan. The field trip leader will discuss the environmental problem, the planning process, specific methods to resolve the problems, funding for the plan, and plan implementation. Each field trip is designed to help students learn about how plans are made to solve environmental problems.
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.