The major environmental problems of the suburbs are loss of prime farmland; pollution of streams, lakes, and rivers; and destruction of forests and fragile wetlands. The open land that remains is rapidly disappearing in the wake of overbuilt, monotonous development, often planned with little regard for the environment or the surrounding community.
As a landscape architect, you can be a major contributor to the proper planning and design of the suburban environment whether it be a township, neighborhood, or an individual site. Using skills developed at Temple, you can prepare land use plans, site development designs and management plans that protect and enhance existing landscape values, while meeting valid community or client goals.
You may also help to preserve or improve the character of existing villages and neighborhoods, especially those of historical or visual significance.
As a professional horticulturist, you can help to preserve, install, and maintain the suburban landscape, working with both large and small-scale projects. Reforestation; land restoration; erosion control; plant production; management of parks, golf courses, public gardens, or preserves; and landscape construction and maintenance for all types of development are part of the horticulturist's responsibility.
At Temple, you will focus on innovative, sustainable design and landscape management approaches directed toward achieving a healthier environment.