Course Details

Course Number: 90-789

Sustainable Community Development

Units: 12

This course examines past and current community development topics and trends
associated with creating and/or maintaining sustainable communities. Such topics include
sustainable development, creative capitalism, regional planning and visioning, governance,
regional equitable development, sustainable business practices, green/clean tech, smart growth
and smart transportation, carbon management, resource conservation, local living economies,
energy systems and strategies, dynamics of neighborhoods, among other topics. Emphasis
will fall on how these various dimensions need to strategically align to promote sustainable
communities amidst their complexities.

The class will also delve into a variety of green and sustainable development practices to
provide frameworks for integrating traditional community development practices with
sustainable development practices. The class takes lessons from the past (both what has
worked and what did not work) as well as appropriate, current practices and explores how to
apply them to a variety of community situations and conditions.

The focus is on urban communities in the U.S and worldwide, both large and small. The

course includes experiential, hands-on learning (projects, case studies, analyses, presentations,field trips, and guest lectures) as well as reflective components (readings, discussion, and papers).

Learning Objectives:

• Learn and deploy sustainable and green development practices and how to integrate these
techniques into community development strategies;
• Evaluate and design various public planning and policy initiatives on the formation of
places; and
• Engage with communities with appropriate processes and strategies to enhance their

resilient capacities as they face environmental, economic, and social challenges.


Matthew Mehalik