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GBC7009

Course
GBC7009
Course Title
Introduction to Sustainable Communities and LEED for Neighborhood Development

Description

This course will introduce students to principles of designing and developing sustainable communities, including the principles and tenets of Smart Growth and New Urbanism.   This course will also familiarize students with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development certification program.  This course is intended for individuals working in fields related to, or interested in learning about, sustainable community development and the LEED for Neighborhood Development certification program.  This would include architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, urban planners, developers, real estate agents, general contractors, builders, land use attorney and other professionals.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of sustainable communities today;
  • Describe the major principles of Smart Growth and New Urbanism;
  • Compare and contrast different models of community sustainability,
  • Identify local examples of sustainable communities; and
  • Describe the LEED for Neighborhood Development certification program.

Content

This course will explore principles of sustainable community development.  It will compare and contrast different models of sustainable communities, ranging from New Urbanism to Agriburbia.  It will review tenets of Smart Growth and New Urbanism as a means of achieving community sustainability.  It will analyze examples of sustainable communities in the Charlotte metropolitan area.  This course will also explore the LEED for Neighborhood Development certification program as a means of achieving community sustainability.

Prerequisites

None

Method of Instruction

Instructor-led lectures using PowerPoint, web searches and appropriate written and video materials.  Examples of area applications will be reviewed and discussed.  Class discussion with question and answer opportunities will be included. 

Evaluation

Class participation expected