[F&ES 775b] / 2014-2015

Site Planning and Design for Sustainability

Credits: 3

Spring 2015: Time and location TBA


This course provides students with an overview of the different processes and players involved in planning, creating and managing sustainable sites. After establishing a working definition for site sustainability, the class will utilize the principles and points-based rating system of the Sustainable Sites Initiative as a guide to examine means to lessen the impacts and optimize the benefits of environmentally-conscious site design and development.  The course includes core lectures by the principal instructor, a landscape architect and attorney who is a partner in a multidisciplinary planning firm.  Guest lecturers - including ecologists, planners, architects, landscape architects, site contractors, and resource managers - will share the real-world challenges and successes experienced in working towards sustainability on their sites and projects. In-class workshops will explore site analysis techniques, the site design process, and the identification and assessment of sustainability options.   Field trips will provide an opportunity to see and experience the results of good, not-so-good and poor site planning and management practices.   A group term project will allow students to identify options and develop collaborative strategies to improve the sustainability of a local site