Throughout the academic year the Planning Lab provides graduate students in planning, design, natural resources, and public administration & policy with a multidisciplinary learning experience through studios, course assignments, and weekend modules. Students have the opportunity to examine lessons from a cross-section of different sustainability plans adopted by communities throughout the US and abroad and share those with practitioners and policymakers.

Studio Goals

  • Understanding the conceptual foundations of sustainability plans and policies
  • Connecting academic theory with emerging planning practices
  • Identifying the different types of sustainability plans/policies and the challenges that communities and planners confront in their design, adoption, and implementation
  • Developing a methodologically sound approach to dissecting and evaluating sustainability plans
  • Creating an inventory sustainability plans adopted by regional and local governments within the United States and abroad




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