AMST 406
Environmental Planning Workshop: Community-Based Project Experience Fall 2022
Division II
Cross-listed ENVI 402 / AMST 406

Class Details

In this class you apply your education and training to effect social and environmental change in the Berkshires. Students work in small collaborative groups to address pressing issues facing the region. Class teams partner with community organizations and local & regional governments to solve real world problems. In this class you learn while doing and give back to the community. The field of environmental planning encompasses the built environment, such as housing, zoning, transportation, renewable energy, waste management, neighborhood design; the natural environment, such as open space, farmland, habitat and species protection, natural resource protection, air and water pollution and climate change, and the social environment, such as racial zoning, environmental racism, food security, and healthy vs toxic communities. Skills taught include basic GIS mapping, developing and conducting surveys, interview techniques, project management, and presentations. The class culminates in project presentations to the client organizations. The hour conference section is time for team project work, client meetings and team meetings with the professor. Recent project topics: https://ces.williams.edu/environmental-planning-papers/
The Class: Format: seminar/conference; The weekly conference session (1 hour) is dedicated time for team project work including client meetings and meetings with professor.
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 1779
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Response papers (three 1-page papers), in-class exercises, class discussion, small group work, public meeting attendance, project work, final report (due in segments during semester) and final presentation.
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 recommended; open to juniors and seniors.
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators, American Studies majors, Maritime Studies concentrators.
Unit Notes: Course fulfills senior seminar requirement for Environmental Studies Major and Environmental Studies Concentration and Maritime Studies Concentration. American Studies Space & Place elective. Course is an Environmental Studies Concentration elective (ENVI Policy and ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science) and Environmental Studies major elective.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 402 Division II AMST 406 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
ENVI Environmental Policy
ENVI Senior Seminar
EVST Senior Seminar
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
MAST Senior Seminar

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