Course Overview

Urban Planning 532:  Sustainable Development:  Resolving Economic and Environmental Conflicts
(Fall Semester 1999)

Prof. Scott Campbell
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
University Of Michigan
office:  3136 A&AB
(734) 763-2077

This course examines both the conceptual and practical conflicts between economic development and environmental planning.  We cover case studies of conflicts and resolution strategies, analytical techniques, and basic theoretical concepts.  Though the focus is on the urban and regional development aspects of these conflicts, the approach is interdisciplinary and students from other degree programs are encouraged to participate.

Topics / Themes
*  basic techniques of environmental economics:  externalities, pricing, common-pool resources, market failures, cost-benefit analysis, command-and-control regulations vs. market-based incentives

*  case studies of natural resource development conflicts:  water and timber

*  urban sprawl:  open space preservation, greenbelts, wildlife corridors, new urbanism

*  industrial development:  pollution credit trading, eco-industrial parks, brownfields, post-industrial alternatives

*  environmental justice and the conflicts between traditional environmental protection and social-justice/community development

No formal prerequisites, though some prior coursework in economics and/or environmental planning/policy would be useful.

Students are expected to complete all the required readings, participate actively in class, and complete several written assignments, including a group project and formal presentation.

(available at the North Campus bookstore;  on reserve at Media Union)

Required books
Beatley, Timothy and Kristy Manning.  1997.  The Ecology of Place:  Planning for Environment, Economy, and Community.  Island Press.
Power, Thomas Michael. 1998. Lost Landscapes and Failed Economies:  The Search for a Value of Place. Covelo, CA: Island Press.
Reisner, M. 1993. Cadillac desert:  the American West and its disappearing water. revised ed. New York and London: Penguin Books.
Turner, R. Kerry, David Pearce, and Ian Bateman. 1994. Environmental Economics:  An Elementary Introduction. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Other books on reserve (at the Media Union)
Beltzer, Dena, and Cynthia Kroll. 1986. New Jobs for the Timber Region:  Economic Diversification for Northern California. Berkeley, CA: Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California.
Coccossis, Harry, and Peter Nijkamp, eds. 1995. Sustainable Tourism Development. Hampshire, UK and Brookfield, VT: Avebury.
Dixon, John A., Asian Development Bank, and World Bank. 1994. Economic analysis of environmental impacts. New, 2nd ed. London: Earthscan.
Bosselman, Fred P., Craig A. Peterson, and Claire McCarth. 1999. Managing Tourism Growth: Issues and Applications. Covelo, CA: Island Press.
Hudson, Wendy E., ed. 1991. Landscape Linkages and Biodiversity. Washington, D.C. and Covelo, CA: Island Press.
Dixon, John A., Asian Development Bank, and World Bank. 1994. Economic analysis of environmental impacts. New, 2nd ed. London: Earthscan.