Community & Environmental Planning in Mountain Environments

The planning challenges that face mountain environments (urbanization, sprawl, population and economic change, conservation of natural resources and habitats) are more important today than ever. Professional planners and natural resources managers apply planning and geographic knowledge, skills, and training to help urban and rural communities meet these challenges and to remain or become healthy, vibrant, and sustainable places. 

Option in Community and Environmental Planning

Our undergraduate and graduate level options (concentrations) in Community and Environmental Planning  provide students with a geographic knowledge base and focused training in planning (land use, environmental, urban, rural, transportation) and natural resources management, and prepares them for employment in local, state, and federal agencies as well as the nonprofit and private sectors. Additionally, this option prepares students for advanced study in planning and related fields. 

Research and Projects

We, often in collaboration with our students, conduct research and engage in projects related to the following topics and areas:

  • Access to Services
  • Community Centered Planning
  • Community Vitality
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Rural Return Migration
  • Water Resources Management
  • Habitat Conservation and Management