Department of Urban & Regional Planning | Illinois

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

UP 446: Sustainable Planning Seminar - Spring 2013

Course Schedule




15-Jan   Course Introduction
  Review syllabus, introductions
   Climate and Sustainaibility Discussion
      Define sustainability - its implications.
      Define sustainability in terms of climate.
  Setting up your Blog
17-Jan   Sustainability and Climate
  • Lester and Hart - (Part 1)
       Richard K Lester and David M Hart. 2012. Unclocking Energy Innovation. Richard K Lester and David M Hart. MIT Press, Cambridge, AM.
Due: Blog Set Up
   Blog: Lester - due 9:30AM Tues
22-Jan   The Climate Dilemma
  • Orr (various chapters)
    Orr, David. 2011. Hope is an Imparative. Island Press. Washington
 David Orr Interview
 Blog Highlights
24-Jan   Climate Science
 • IPCC - 07 Summary for Policymakers
29-Jan   The Morality of Climate Change
  • Kathleen Dean Moore Interview
   DeMocker, M. 2012. If Your House Is On Fire: Kathleen Dean Moore On The Moral Urgency Of Climate Change. The Sun.Dec 2012 I:444

Blog: Respond to the readings including the linked article 1, article 2, article 3. 1-2pg blog due 9:30AM every Tues
Blog Highlights
31-Jan   Climate Science and Politics
  • White House Pressure
  • White House Response?   
  • The Need for a Climate Bill
  • A. Gore 09 Climate Update
  • Tea Party and Climate?
Assigned: Climate Position Paper.
5-Feb   Environment: Energy and Climate
    •  David MacKay  Part1
       David MacKay. 2008. Sustanable Energy - without the hot air.
Blog: Frame a coherent Climate Policy statement
Blog Highlights
7-Feb   Environment: Energy and Climate
    •   David MacKay  Part 2
12-Feb   Environment: Energy
    •   Scientific American Articles 2006
 W VA Coal Videos - Link I, and Link II
 Blog: Reactions to your SA reading on energy solutions to the climate problem. 1-2pg blog
  Blog Highlights
 Due: Climate Position Paper
14-Feb   Environment: Land Use
      •   James Kunstler (Part 1)
          James Howard Kunstler. 1993. The Geography of Nowhwere.
          Kunstler video 1, video 2,
      •   David Brooks
          Brooks, David. 2010. "The Broken Society" The New York Times.03.19.2010
19-Feb   Environment: Land Use
      •   James Kunstler (Part 2)
          James Howard Kunstler. 1993. The Geography of Nowhwere.
          Kunstler video 1, video 2,
      •   David Brooks
          Brooks, David. 2010. "The Broken Society" The New York Times.03.19.2010
 Blog: On JH Kunstler -
  Blog HIghlights

Environment: Water and Climate
 Water Lecture
      •   Brown Ch 3,4 (Skim)
      •   Vanderwarker
             Amy Vanderwarker. 2006. Water, Environmental Justice and Land Use Planning: Richmond, California. Progressive Planning Magazine. 169: Fall. pp. 26-29.
             Peter H. Gleick. 1998. Water in Crisis: Paths to Sustainable Water Use. Ecological Applications, Vol. 8, No. 3. pp. 571-579.
      •   Jackson, et al
             Robert B. Jackson; Stephen R. Carpenter; Clifford N. Dahm; Diane M. McKnight; Robert J. Naiman; Sandra L. Postel; Steven W. Running. 2001. Water in a Changing World. Ecological Applications, Vol. 11, No. 4. pp. 1027-1045.
    1) Consumption Journals - Supplement: Energy Intensities (Table) (Spread Sheet)

26-Feb   Environment: Ecology
       •  McHarg Ch 1 Man and Environment
          McHarg, Ian. 2006. The Essential Ian McHarg. F.R. Stiener, ed. Island Press, Washington.
       •  McHarg Ch 2 The Place of Nature
       •  McHarg Ch 3 Ecological Determinism
       •  See The Lorax
Blog Due: Land Use - Blog Highlights

Ecology and Economics:
  •  Costanza
     Robert Costanza, Ralph d'Arge, Rudolf de Groot, Stephen Farberll, Monica Grassot, Bruce Hannon, Karin Limburg, Shahid Naeem, Robert V. O'Neilltt, Jose Paruelo, Robert G. Raskin, Paul Suttonlill, Marjan van den Belt. 1997. The value of the world's ecosystem services and natural capital. Nature. V 387 15 May 1997
     Ecosystem Services
     The Natural Capital Project
  •  Wackernagel
     Mathis Wackernagel, Larry Onisto, Patricia Bello, Alejandro Callejas Linares, Ina Susana Lopez Falfan, Jesus Mendez Garc?a, Ana Isabel Suarez Guerrero, Ma. Guadalupe Suarez Guerrero. 1998. National natural capital accounting with the ecological footprint concept. Ecological Economics 29 (1999) 375–390
     Global Footprint Network
     Japan's Nuclear Problem
Assigned: Environment and Climate Response Paper

5-Mar   Economics: Theory
  •  Herman Daly
     Herman Daly. 1996.  Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development.  Beacon Press, Boston.
   In-Class Questions
Blog Due: Daley centric. Blog Highlights 

Economics: Markets and Solutions
  •  Hawken and Lovins
     Hawken, Paul, A. Lovins, H. Lovins.  1999.  Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution.  Little Brown and Co.  Boston, MA
      chapter 1
      chapter 7
      chapter 12
      chapter 13
   In-Class Questions

12-Mar   Economics: Markets and Solutions
  •  Paul Krugman: "Running out of a Planet to Exploit"
  •  Amory Lovins profitable solutions
  •  Amy Klein "Throwing out the free market Playbook"
  •  Levitt and Dunbar: Super Freakonomics, Ch5 What Do Al Gore and Mt Pinatubo Have in Common?
Blog Due: Discuss one of the concepts from "Natural Capitalism," for example: what is "capital" and what's wrong with capitalism as currently practiced; whole system efficiency; the advantages of service-and-flow over batch-and-queue production; the implications of service-and-flow on labor; different conceptions of "efficiency"; muda; the problem with nuclear power, solutions for making the market work for natural capital. Blog Highlights
Due: Environment and Climate Response Paper
14-Mar   Economics: Climate and Market Solutions
  •  Grood and Thoumi
       About Carbon Taxes. 2008.
  •  Hassett et al
       Hassett, K, A Mathur, G Metcalf. 2007. The Incidence Of A U.S. Carbon Tax: A Lifetime And Regional Analysis. National Bureau of Economic Research.
  •  Reddy and Assenza
       Reddy B, G Assenza. 2009. The Great Climate Debate. Journal of Energy Policy
  •  Frank
       Frank, C. 2009. The Bankruptcy of Capitalist Solutions to the Climate Crisis. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. v20:2
  •  Pelley
       Pelley J. 2008. Cap or Tax? Environmental News, April 2008
 The Story of Cap and Trade (in class)

Assigned: The Economics of Climate Response Paper
Review: Consumption Journals  Supplement: Energy Intensities (Table) (Spread Sheet)
19-Mar   Spring Break
21-Mar   Spring Break

Social Issues: Collapse
  •  Jasonoff
     Sheila Jasonoff.2010. A new Climate for Society. Theory, Culture & Society March/May 2010 vol. 27 no. 2-3 233-253
  •  Rees
       William Rees. 2010. The Human Nature of Unsustainability. in The Post Carbon Reader.Heinberg and Lerch eds.Watershed Media: Healdsburg CA.
  Bjorn Lomborg (in class)
 Blog Due:
Consumption of stuff - Blog Highlights

28-Mar   Social Systems and Climate: Ethics
  •  Andersen
      How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change. The Atlantic 13 March 2012.
  •  Somerville
     The Ethics of Climate Change. Opinion. Environment 360
  •  Broome
       The Ethics of Climate Change.Scientific American (June 2008), 298, 96-102 doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0608-96
Due: Economic Response Paper
2-Apr   Social Systems and Climate: Food
  •  Pollan
      Michael Pollan. 2006. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Penguin: New York.
  •  Gallagher
      Mari Gallagher. 2008. Chicago Food Deserts: examining the impact of food on public health in Chicago.
  •  Michael Pollan Policy Letter
  •  Kenner Interview
Due: Consumption Journals.
Blog Due:
Social stuff - Blog Highlights
4-Apr   Social Systems and Climate: Food
  •  Roberts
      The End of Food. 2009.
  •  Wren
      Nature 1901.
  •  Lobell
      Science 319, 607 (2008).
Assigned: Social Response Paper (due T 16 Apr)
9-Apr   Planning and Climate: Class Replaced with Allerton Visit.Sustainability and Planning
  •  Campbell
      Scott Campbell, 1996. Green Cities, Growing Cities, Just Cities? Journal of the American Planning Association. Summer, 1996.

Blog Due: Campbell Blog Highlights

Planning and Climate: Class Replaced with Allerton Visit.

Friday April 19
2pm - 5pm Leopold Reading Allerton Visit

16-Apr   Sustainability in Planning
  •  LEED for Neighborhood Development 2009
  •  Green Communities Criteria 2008
•  Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods 2009/10

 Sustainability Assessment
Blog Due: Sustainability tools
18-Apr   Planning and Climate: Land Use
  •  Ewing       
      Reid Ewing, Keith Bartholomew, Steve Winkelman,Jerry Walters, and Don Chen, Growing Cooler:The Evidence on Urban Development and ClimateChange. Washington: Urban Land Institute, 2008.  
  •  O'Toole       
      Randall O'Tool. The Myth of the Compact City: Why Compact Development is not the Way to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions. Policy Analysis. No. 653. 18 Nov 2009.   
  •  Ruth and Rong (optional)
     Matthias Ruth and Fang Rong. 2006. "Research Themes and Challenges" ch. 2 in Ruth, M. Smart Growth and Climate Change. pp.9-61. Edward Elgar.
  •  Freyfogle (optional)
      Freyfogle, Eric T. "Ch. 6: The Lure of Privatization." Land we share: private property and the common good. Island Press, 2003. 157-178. 
Assignment Due: Social Response Papers
Friday April 20 2pm - 5pm Leopold Reading Allerton Visit

23-Apr   Sustainability and Planning
  •  Owen
      David Owen. 2004. Green Manhattan: Why New York is the greenest city in the U.S. The New Yorker Magazine, 18 Oct 2004.
  •  Wheeler
      Stephen M. Wheeler. 2000. Planning for Metropolitan Sustainability. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 20:133-145.
Blog Due: Ewing, Owen and Wheeler - Blog Highlights
25-Apr   Planning and Climate
  •   Johnson (part 1, part 2)
      Huey Johnson. Green Plans. University of Nebraska Press:Lincoln 2008
 Optional Readings:
   •  APA Climate Panning Policy Guide
      American Planning Association. Policy Guide on Planning and Climate Change. 2008.
   •  Guide to Climate Action Planning
      D Eagan, T Calhoiun, J Scott, P Dayananda. National Wildlife Federation - Campus Ecology. 2008.

Assigned:  Final Paper
30-Apr   Student Presentations
Course Assessment wrap-up and review
Assignment Due: Sustainability Assessments
9-May   Final Papers Due
   May 9   5pm

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