Environmental Planning and Policy

The Environmental Planning and Policy (EPP) Concentration provides students with an overview of the theory and methods used to guide urban development and redevelopment in a more sustainable manner, so as to conserve natural resources and enhance ecosystem services while providing for economic development and promoting social equity and civic engagement within the planning process. The concentration introduces students to both regulatory and market-based strategies of environmental management, explores economic and systematic quantitative analyses of environmental policy, and offers electives examining discrete topics of environmental practice (such as EIS development, food policy, energy planning, green infrastructure for urban stormwater management, water resources management, etc.).

Goals of the Environmental Planning Specialization

  • To provide students with an understanding of cities as human-ecological systems.
  • To trace the evolution of federal environmental protection laws in response to increased urbanization in the United States. To introduce students to market-based approaches to environmental management, including the use of tradable permit and tax and economic incentives to promote environmental goals.
  • To train students to use economic and systems methods to evaluate environmental policy.
  • To enable students to explore specific issues in environmental protection and planning in depth by taking various elective courses or an environmental planning studio and by writing a masters project or thesis on a topic of environmental planning or policy which integrates environmental theory, analysis, and practice.

Requirements for the Environmental Planning Specialization

UPP 570, Environmental Planning
UPP 575, Topics in Environmental Policy (or an equivalent advanced elective course addressing a specific environmental issue, offered by UPP or by another academic unit). Either 571 or 572 may also serve as an elective if the methods requirement is satisfied by the other course.

One of the following two courses:
UPP 571, Environmental Economics
UPP 572, Systems Methods for Environmental Policy