Planning for the Planet

planning for the planet

Uses Eugene as a laboratory to examine how transportation affects climate change and what to do about it. Considers the politics of shifting from driving to greener ways to travel. Considers city investment in bus rapid transit, bicycle lanes, and highway extensions. Explores power in transportation decision-making, and the language used in the media to discuss transit and bicycle riders. 


Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

PPPM 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit

PPPM 205 Introduction to City Planning - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Introduction to City Planning introduces students to the field of city planning an academic discipline that synthesizes a diverse set of fields, thinks about how the world should ideally be, then figures out how to move in that direction. The course will cover a range of focal areas in the field of planning including: physical and land use planning, public health, housing, community development, social equity, environmental planning and transportation planning. The purpose of the course is to give students a general context of what planning is, the topics it deals with, and to convey that the way cities are designed and function is lively and ever
changing. Ultimately, the purpose of this course is to inspire students to see that the field of city planning is a mechanism to make the world a better place.

ENVS 203 Introduction to Environmental Studies: Humanities - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

In this course we will learn about what the Humanities are, as an interdisciplinary field, and how Humanities methods and research contribute to environmental thought and action. The class involves reading and research but also creativity and innovation. It is a lab in which we will think together about the possible futures of our stressed planet and how to harness imagination in the service of sustainability.


FIG Theme:

Going Green

Flight Path Themes:

Scientific Discovery and SustainabilityPublic Policy and Identity