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URP 610 – Climate Change Planning


The impacts of the climate change are increasing in frequency and magnitude and they are highlighting social inequities. In this exploratory class, we will read and discuss an array of related topics.

Topics will include:

  1. critical definitions and concepts (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation, mitigation, exposure, sensitivity)
  2. a global overview of the climate impacts of flooding, extreme heat, water stress, wildfires, hurricanes and typhoons, and sea level rise.
  3. regional climate impacts and their contextual challenges
  4. similarities and differences between climate justice from environmental justice
  5. an overview of our existing N. American energy system and key challenges in shifting to non-fossil fuel sources
  6. the world of carbon neutrality planning including net neutrality, decarbonization, navigating offsets, and the challenges of measuring and mitigating Scope 3.
  7. climate adaptation planning – top down and bottom up approaches, relocation and migration
  8. planning techniques for managing uncertainty

During the course, students, with input from the instructor, will scope, organize, and write an individual research paper based on a topic of their choice.


Mon 5:30-7:30pm  2108 A&AB


Larissa Larsen


Course Brief

Plan Your Future
Housing, Community, and Economic Development
Land Use and Environmental Planning
Physical Planning and Design
Transportation Planning
Global and Comparative Planning