Green Careers Guide

Urban Planning Jobs

With the rise of eco cities and greener countries, more and more government are now turning to urban planning and city planning to make their communities "green."

The career outlook for an urban planner is very good. They make on average $38-$46 thousand a year.

What does urban planning and city planning really mean?

It is actually the integrating of disciplines on transport planning and land use planning. They are integrated to explore a wider range of factors on the social and built environments of urbanized communities and municipalities.

Why is it Green?

Urban planning is based on the urban planning origins of the Roman era. The current trend returns to the synergy of urban planning, landscape architecture and architecture disciplines, varying upon the intellectual positioning of universities to universities. Another important urban planning role is urban renewal and inner city regeneration through adaptation of urban planning methods for use in existing cities that are affected by long-term decay in the infrastructure.

Professional and Personal Qualities

People who are interested in structuring, engineering or architecture as well as a great concern for the environment can make a great career on urban planning and development. They should have the working knowledge in "green" building, building and restructuring of buildings and cities.

Those with a strong desire to promote "green" living despite modernization and development can best work as urban planners. There is also a need to continuously study and improve skill along with the flexibility in meeting new challenges in the field.

Education and Certifications

To become a certified urban planner or city planner, you must take the LEED or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which is a third party certification program and the nationally accepted point of reference for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

Many Universities offer urban planning and city planning education under the engineering department. But with the current emergence of Green Industries, more and more universities are opening up their own urban planning department. Aside from the engineering departments, Architectural schools are also starting to adapt the growing Green Industry. Green Architecture is now offered and many architectural programs in the US are partnering with Ecological and Environmental Science program to develop new Green Architecture programs and degrees.

Urban Planning Resources

*Form Based Codes: A Guide for Planners, Urban Designers, Municipalities, and Developers
*Digital Modelling for Urban Design
*Practical Ecology for Planners, Developers, and Citizens
*A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)

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