ENVI 302
Environmental Planning Workshop: Community-Based Experience Fall 2021
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 302 / ENVI 302

Class Details

In this interdisciplinary, experiential workshop students effect environmental change through hands-on community projects. Environmental Planning includes a range of disciplines pertaining to the natural and built landscape such as city planning, environmental management, affordable housing, food system planning, climate resiliency planning, habitat restoration, alternative transportation, renewable energy, farmland, open space and recreation, municipal services (recycling, composting, parks, playgrounds, schools etc), ecological site design, green buildings, landscape architecture, neighborhood design, economic development, and community development, to list a few. Each year, the projects focus on the most pressing issues in the region and in the planning field. The class is organized into two parts. Part 1 involves reading and discussion of the planning literature: history, theory, policy, ethics, legal framework, and case studies. Labs include site visits, GIS mapping, hands-on planning exercises and project development. Part 2 involves project work: in small teams, you will work with a community organization or local government on a current project. The includes primary research, conducting interviews with policymakers, stakeholders and residents, site visits, attending meetings, and other activities as demanded by the particular project. The project work draws on students’ academic training and extracurricular activities, and applies creative solutions to thorny problems. Labs will be small group work and project work. The course includes several class presentations; students will gain skills in interacting with public officials, interviewing, preparing presentations, public speaking, report-writing, and teamwork. The class culminates in a public presentation.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory
Limit: 16
Expected: 16
Class#: 1158
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Response papers (about four 1-page papers), planning exercises, class discussion, reports submitted in segments (total about 30 pp), collaborative small group work, class presentations frequently during semester, final public presentation.
Prerequisites: ENVI 101; open to seniors; in certain circumstances open to juniors with permission.
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Unit Notes: Required course for Environmental Studies major and concentration
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 302 Division II ENVI 302 Division II
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Core Courses
EVST Core Courses
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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