The environmental planning and natural resource management specialization deals with the protection and stewardship of air, water, land and other natural resources. Concerns include both the management of natural resources directly, as well as the mitigation of adverse impacts on these resources caused by human settlements and activities. The specialization offers an overview of key environmental issues, and provides the theoretical, methodological, and legal background necessary for the planner to have an effective role in dealing with these issues.
Students specializing in environmental planning must take the following three required courses:
- URP 5421 Environmental Planning
- URP 5425 Methods of Environmental Analysis
- URP 5427 Environmental Legislation and Policy
Students are also required to take two additional courses selected from a list of approved courses that include, but are not limited to:
- URP 5272 Urban and Regional Information Systems
- URP 5316 Land Use Planning
- URP 5405 River Basin Planning and Management
- URP 5422 Coastal Planning
- URP 5424 Sustainable Development
- URP 5429 Food Systems Planning
- URP 5429 Planning for and Mitigating Climate Change
- HSC 5216 Environmental Health
Prospective students should contact the department’s admissions coordinator for more information about the environmental planning specialization. Current students should consult the graduate student handbook for more details about specialization and degree requirements.
- Various county and city planning departments
Regional Planning Agencies
- FL Department of Economic Opportunity
- FL Division of Emergency Management
- FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- US Forest Service
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- US Dept of Interior, Director of Intergovernmental & External Affairs
- The Nature Conservancy
Specialization Research at FSU
DURP faculty research a range of questions under the Environmental specialization. Professor Butler examines how to scale up collaborative efforts to engage in landscape scale ecological restoration of fire adapted ecosystems.This work fits within our Collaborative Environmental Management research theme. He also has worked with Professor Emeritus Deyle and Planner in Residence Lindsay Stevens to enhance community resilience in the face of climate change with a specific orientation to planning for sea level rise adaptation in Florida. And, Butler has an emergent research agenda in the area of food systems planning to explore how sustainable food systems can build community resilience. Professor Coutts's research examines the reciprocal relationship between the built and natural environments. His biophilic epidemiology research applies a socio-ecological perspective to understanding both the social and environmental outcomes of human actions. Examples of this research include analyses of physical activity behavior on urban greenways; the relationship between premature mortality and the presence, access, and exposure to green infrastructure; and the inclusion of social outcomes in climate change mitigation plans.
See our individual faculty webpages for specific papers and projects.