Environmental Planning

This concentration aims to provide an understanding of the environmental factors and processes that affect, or are affected by, nearly all planning decisions, and to prepare planners to pursue sustainable development, manage natural resources and human-nonhuman environmental relations, conduct environmental impact assessments, and craft just environmental plans and policies to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change. Environmental planners work at multiple scales and across sectors with local, regional, and provincial governments, federal agencies, conservation authorities, non-governmental organizations, community groups, and activist movements, integrating plural worldviews and interdisciplinary knowledge in practice.

Students in this concentration will be exposed to traditional environmental planning approaches as well as critical alternatives that seek to dismantle the legacies of environmental racism and injustice. Examples will be drawn from practical experiences in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA) as well as other areas in Canada and around the world. Previous course work or experiences in environmental studies and planning are desirable but not required of students entering this concentration.

In addition to the core courses that all MScPl students must complete, this concentration requires that students ALSO complete five half-courses in consultation with the concentration advisor, including:

  • PLA1601H: Introduction to Environmental Planning and Policy

(formerly listed as “Climate Change and Resilience: Planning and Policy”)

and at least two courses from the following list:

  • JGE1425H Livelihoods, Poverty and Environment in the Developing Countries
  • GGR1411H Nature and Justice in the Anthropocene
  • GGR1422H The Geography of Urban Air Pollution
  • JPG1426H Natural Resources, Difference and Conflict
  • JPG1428H Greening the City: Urban Environmental Planning and Management
  • JPG1429H Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture
  • JPG1518H Sustainability and Urban Communities
  • JPG1672H Land and Justice
  • JPG1818H The Geography and Planning of Climate Action and Activism
  • JPG1835H Anti-Colonial Planning
  • ENV1444H Capitalist Nature (Contact School for the Environment for enrolment)
  • JSE1708H Sustainability and the Western Mind (Contact Munk Global Affairs program for enrolment)

As courses on offer vary from year to year, students should check with the Concentration Adviser and review the course timetable for available courses that speak to their interests. Students are also strongly encouraged to explore course offerings at the School of the Environment, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, the Munk School of Global Affairs, and in departments like Anthropology, Political Science, Physical and Environmental Sciences, and Sociology.

Advisor: Nidhi Subramanyam : nidhi.subramanyam@utoronto.ca