Environmental Planning

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The 3 E's of Sustainability in Local Climate Action: The Portland Clean Energy Initiative

Urban sustainability efforts have historically failed to advance all three E’s of sustainability: environmental action, economic development, and equity. However, a movement is underway to put equity—the oft-ignored E—at the forefront.

September 24, 2018 - Megan Horst

The Yards Park, in Washington, D.C.

Coming Soon to D.C.: Rivers Clean Enough for Swimming

A tremendous open space and recreation addition could be on the horizon for residents of Washington, D.C., but there's still work to do in cleaning the Potomac and Anacostia rivers.

August 30, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

Lake Powell

Arizona Revisits Plans for Withdrawing Water Reserves

Arizona has excelled at storing water in preparation for future droughts. The challenge now is how cities will access that water when they need it.

August 28, 2018 - Arizona Daily Star

great lakes

U.S EPA Planning the Next Phase of Great Lakes Clean Up

Action Plan III will plot the next four years of work by the Great lakes Restoration Initiative.

July 28, 2018 - Urban Milwaukee

Dhaka, Bangladesh

These Countries Have the Highest Rate of Pollution-Related Deaths

Pollution poses a significant public health threat all over the planet, and good planning can help.

November 1, 2017 - Kayla Matthews


$1.1 Billion Superfund Clean Up Approved for Portland Harbor

With the price of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site already ballooning, critics of the plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site expect the project to cost even more than currently estimated.

January 9, 2017 - OPB

The Science of Wetlands Conservation

Research by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Zhenghong Tang is helping conserve key south-central Nebraska wetlands that provide habitat for millions of migratory birds.

November 19, 2015 - University of Nebraska

Planning for Climate Change on the Shores of the Great Lakes

Two academic researchers explain the planning and landscape architecture opportunities offered by the "dramatic fluctuations" and "emergent shorelands" of the Great Lakes Coasts.

March 25, 2015 - Places Journal

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.