Community & Environmental Planning

The program goal is to provide students with the theoretical and applied knowledge, and skills that will equip them to be effective community planners enabling them to

  • help communities manage development
  • assess the consequences of proposed changes to the landscape at different scales, from local to regional, anticipating consequences of the land use changes that require community resources and regulatory tools
  • facilitate the protection of natural resources and environmental services, people, and other living things depend upon

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Students graduating with a degree in Community and Environmental Planning

  • know how to integrate human and natural systems
  • understand how local governments function, and have basic administrative and technical planning skills to support the development and implementation of sound community level development and land use change decisions
  • are clear communicators, able to facilitate planning processes between citizens of a community and their government, serving a common community vision
  • are effective ethical collaborators, trained to foster interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder approaches to planning
  • have a strong interest and belief that they can make a difference in bringing about a sustainable future

Career/Employment Opportunities for Graduates

public agencies and organizations at the state, national, and international levels

  • community, regional or environmental planners
  • community facilitators and educators
  • land and conservation organizations
  • cooperative extension specialists