Green Lands: Green Infrastructure

Urban and Environmental Planning
PLAC 5800/ LAR 5290
Semester: 
Fall 2019

This course introduces a green infrastructure framework for landscape planning. Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of waterways, wetlands, woodlands, wildlife habitats, and other natural areas; greenways, parks, and other conservation lands; agricultural soils and forests; and wilderness and other open spaces that support native species, maintain natural ecological processes, sustain air and water resources and contribute to health and quality of life (McDonald, Benedict and O’Conner 2005). Attempts to protect environmental assets often happen after land has been zoned or developed. Parkland, trails or open space lands are often relegated to left-over or perimeter land. By considering and inventorying existing environmental functions and values first, land can be designated and zoned appropriately for protection and/or restoration before it is fully developed so that wildlife habitat, recreation, stormwater treatment, energy savings, aesthetic and cultural values and improved community health can be achieved. Urban areas can be retrofitted to become more green, livable and resilient.

Instructor: Karen Firehock

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