Students in this course inventory existing environmental functions of undeveloped land in order to designate appropriate protection and restoration techniques to enhance environmental capital. Using the lens of green infrastructure planning, the course assesses the interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife habitats to maximize environmentally responsible development.
Students will conduct a green infrastructure implementation plan. Grades = green infrastructure plan [60%], class participation and field work [20%] and a final essay [20%].
(only major texts listed, other articles also assigned)
Benedict, Mark A. and McMahon, Edward T. Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities. (Island Press, 2006)
Firehock, Karen. A Green Infrastructure Planning Guide (GIC, in press, 2012)
Hellmund, Paul Cawood, Smith, Daniel Somers. Designing Greenways: Sustainable Landscapes for Nature and People. (Island Press, 2006)