In this course we will explore the challenges of a changing climate and investigate frameworks and tools to understand and address climate issues that impact people and their communities. Some cities have begun to incorporate climate change into their planning, taking action to confront their climate threats, reduce their vulnerability to climate-related impacts, and build resilience to extreme events. This class will engage students, placing them at the center of the teaching process to ensure more effective learning. This dynamic class will use recent articles, movies, vibrant discussions and case studies to reveal planning and building resilience for people and in their communities.
This course focuses on the historical and multicultural roots of the sustainability framework within a global context, critically examining interrelationship of ecology, economy, social equity, and community engagement as they have influenced divergent changes in quality of life across time and space, natural as well as human. (Gen. Ed. HS, DG)

This class explores community economic development at the community scale from a practitioner’s perspective, within the context of social equity, a diverse and pluralistic society, and the natural and built environment. We define sustainability as a harmonic balance of Economy, Environment, and Equity that can be maintained indefinitely. No community can be sustainable if the economy is weak, in a downward spiral, not advancing the needs of underserved populations, and not balanced with other aspects of sustainability and resilience.

Cities provide unparalleled opportunities for wealth creation and upward mobility, but for many residents, especially low and moderate income and disadvantaged residents, the likelihood of upward mobility is slim. We will pay special attention to diversity, institutional racism, and economic development in downtowns, post-industrial cities, and under-invested communities. (Gen. Ed. SB)

How the built environment is shaped by humans. The forces that go into developing human settlements, how these environments change, how different groups experience the environment, and how environmental designers work within this context. (Gen.Ed. I)