This course provides an introduction to the planning, design, and development of cities, communities, and the natural environments in which they are situated, with the creation of sustainable communities as the overall goal. Through urban and environmental planning, sustainable neighborhoods are seen as places which maintain and restore our natural and built environments, thereby creating a higher quality of life for residents.
Topics include the foundations of urban and environmental planning, relevant techniques, the development process, and urban design practice. The course also examines urban and environmental planning issues, including urbanization, physical sprawl, environmental design, land use, sustainable development, neighborhood planning, transportation systems, historic preservation, and environmental assessment. Open to all undergraduates. Fulfills the SUNY Social Science general education requirement.