How Can We Limit or Mitigate Contention Over Solar Power Infrastructure Development?

Human reliance on fossil fuels has led to a wide range of adverse environmental and health effects. As our understanding of these impacts has grown, so has the search for other, more sustainable sources of energy. One such source is solar power. The federal and state governments of the United States have created various policies and financial incentives to encourage adoption of solar energy technologies.

Student Research: Urban Planning and Scientific Uncertainty

In his MCP thesis, "Urban Planning and the Scientific Uncertainties of Sea Level Rise," Pierre Beaudreau (MCP 2015) developed a new tool to help planners and designers integrate uncertainty into their work related to planning for climate change.

James Rojas: A Planning Primer

DUSP Alum James Rojas (SM/MCP 1991) is featured in a recent exclusive feature on Planetizen, entitled "A Planning Primer: Validating the Lived Experiences of Immigrants," in which he argues that a few key considerations, implemented during a public engagement process, can ensure active and engaged participation from commonly marginalized groups and individuals.   

Two New DUSP Students Win APA Scholarship

Two members of the newest class of DUSP MCP students have been awarded the 2015 Judith McManus Price Scholarship from the American Planning Association:

DUSP Welcomes Four New Faculty

This fall DUSP welcomes four new faculty to its ranks. Combining the tools of urban planning and design with expertise in complementary disciplines, the group adds considerable strength to the department in areas such as public health and healthcare, environmental policy and planning, energy and other infrastructure systems, and the intersection of property, land use, and civil rights law.

The four new professors are:

Looking Back: DUSP and New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

By the time Katrina was through with New Orleans in August 2005, 80% of the city was flooded, 1800 people had died and more than 217,000 homes had been damaged or destroyed, displacing 30,000 senior residents and 17,000 low-income families. Three-quarters of the population had been evacuated, thousands of buildings were unsafe to occupy and thousands more lay condemned.