Sustainable Community Planning Certificate

The core courses in the graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning program introduce students to the broad range of issues and topics relevant to planning for sustainable development of our cities and regions. Elective courses provide the opportunity to deepen knowledge and training in specific areas of sustainability and environmental planning.

Students in the graduate certificate in Sustainable Community Planning will:

  1. Gain knowledge of the historical evolution of the concept of sustainable development and its multiple definitions
  2. Understand the discourse of theory and practice of sustainable development at the local, regional and global level
  3. Be able to develop indicators to monitor and evaluate the sustainability of site, community and regional actions, plans and designs
  4. Recognize models of sustainability and know how to use such models to inform their professional practice
  5. understand how to incorporate sustainability principles into planning practice to address the interrelationships between social, economic and environmental factors
  6. Have improved research, writing, and communication skills.

This certificate meets the needs of public and private agency employees who work in the field of environmental planning without academic degrees in planning.

This certificate is open to both matriculated and Non-degree seeking (non-matriculated) graduate students.

Non-degree seeking (non-matriculated) students register by submitting a standard form along with a copy of their undergraduate or graduate transcript indicating degree awarded. Students can take up to nine credits as Non-degree seeking (non-matriculated) students. When they complete these nine credits, they will have to declare their intention to complete the Sustainable Community Planning Certificate by filling out the Graduate School form “Request to Exceed Nine Semester Hours of Graduate Coursework for Personal or Professional Enrichment.”

Matriculated Temple University graduate students may take certificate classes as electives for their program with the approval of their program advisor. Note: Matriculated students in the M.S. in Community and Regional Planning program may elect to take these courses as a transcripted concentration within the M.S. degree.

The certificate is available at the both the Ambler and Harrisburg campuses.

The Sustainable Community Planning Certificate requires four courses, a total of 12 credits: Note: There is a prerequisite of an Environmental Planning course. This may be taken concurrently with the required courses for the certificate. Students complete this prerequisite by taking CRP 2213 or 8213, through comparable undergraduate or graduate courses, or through self study that achieves the stated course competencies from CRP 2213/8213, Environmental Planning.

Two required courses(6 credits): CRP 5256 Sustainable Community Design and Development CRP 8276 Regional Development

Select two of the following(6 credits): CRP 8155 Ecological Planning and Development CRP 8156 Neighborhoods, Cities, and Regions CRP 8255 Sustainability in Suburban Communities CRP 8257 Environmental Policy CRP 8266 Sustainable Business Practices CRP 8355 Environmental Infrastructure Planning and Management CRP 8476 Collaborative Planning CRP 8755 Introduction to Emergency Management One other relevant graduate course in consultation with a Community and Regional Planning faculty advisor (3credits) Additional selections may be added.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: LYNN A. MANDARANO, P.E., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning 267-468-8304