Sustainable communities are vibrant areas for living and working. They protect natural resources and promote a sustainable use of space. The infrastructure is designed for walking, bicycling and public transit. There’s social equity and economic stability. What’s missing from sustainable communities is suburban sprawl, automobile dependency, indiscriminate energy usage, and polluted water and air.
In this eye-opening course you’ll learn how sustainable communities are born from forward-focused public policy choices and investment decisions. You’ll discover how mixed-use zoning, building density and physical form can affect how well a community performs. You’ll see that nearby employment opportunities, accessible public spaces and neighborhood schools provide a symbiotic relationship between individuals and community.
Here is your opportunity to take a long-term view of the environments we create and the quality of life our communities provide. You’ll walk away with a deep appreciation for the thoughtful urban planning, effective governance and generous spirit that creates a sustainable community.
Attend the Sustainable New Product Development & Life Cycle Assessment; Building Green, LEED & Beyond; and Designing Sustainable Communities programs for a certificate in Sustainable Design.
Contact Elizabeth Leavy to develop a custom program designed to meet your specific needs. email@example.com or 513-745-2942.
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Designing Sustainable Communities meets once each week for five weeks. The course is designed to encourage new insights and generate student involvement.
Sessions will be focused on understanding the elements of a sustainable community and discussing the roles of municipal leaders, property developers and families in building and maintaining a sustainable living and working environment. You’ll also engage in a team project that examines areas in the region and analyzes their degree of environmental and social sustainability.
If you or your organization is considering how to more successfully contribute to efforts toward sustainable communities, this course should be your first step. You’ll discover a new perspective on doing your job if you are a local government leader, a commercial or residential property developer, an executive at a public utility or public transportation agency, a small business owner, or simply a supporter of the environment, social well-being and economic security.
Through your participation in this course you can:
• Expand your career options by gaining a practical understanding of the principles and practices of sustainability
• Guide your organization as it strives to incorporate community sustainability in its decision-making matrix
• Have a positive impact on your own community through your involvement as a sustainability advocate
• Help to create a world that will be healthy and high-functioning for future generations
Designing Sustainable Communities walks you through the hallmarks of a sustainable community and what’s required to achieve it. You will learn about:
• Smart growth
• Infrastructure and transportation options
• Sustainable energy usage
• Social and economic equity
• Role of civic leaders and citizens
• Obstacles to sustainability
• Tools to create sustainability
After participating in this course you will be able to:
• Identify the community characteristics that contribute to and prevent sustainability
• Analyze the relationship between sustainable physical design, place making and the creation of socially sustainable communities
• Evaluate the return on public investment in transportation and infrastructure
• Recommend tools that can be used to create environmentally and socially sustainable communities
Roxanne Qualls is Assistant to the Provost for Civic Affairs at Xavier University and a nationally recognized sustainability expert.
Qualls formerly served as mayor of the City of Cincinnati and as a long-time member of City Council. Her public service focus has included building great neighborhoods, improving transportation and finding solutions to homelessness.
In the academic arena Qualls was a fellow in the Institute of Politics, a Loeb Fellow in the Graduate School of Design, and a Malcolm Weiner Fellow in Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has taught in the Masters of Public Administration program at Northern Kentucky University, where she also served as Director of Public Leadership Initiatives.
Early in her career Qualls was the director of the Cincinnati office of Ohio Citizen Action, executive director of Women Helping Women and the director of the Northern Kentucky Rape Crisis Center.