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UCI Division of Continuing Education Launches Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development

New Curriculum Incorporates Principles of Community Planning & Sustainability Integration

IRVINE, Calif. – July 15, 2010 – University of California, Irvine Extension today announced the launch of its new “Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development,” developed to meet the needs for interdisciplinary planning and development continuing education training that focuses on incorporating sustainability into community environments. The first of its kind, this program is designed to provide leaders and emerging leaders with the skills necessary to guide smart growth, identify sustainability best practices, implement public policy applications, and enhance collaborations for commercial, mixed-use, residential, civic centers, and parks from small to large metropolitan sites. Interested parties may register in August and begin taking courses for this program starting this Fall.

“Our new certificate program was developed to provide participants an opportunity to gain the real-life skills necessary to incorporate elements from civil engineering, architecture, environmental and land use planning, community infrastructure, landscape architecture, transportation policy, water management, ecosystems design and community health and implement public policy applications to improve and enhance quality of life in communities,” said Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., director of Sustainability Leadership at UC Irvine Extension. “These elements are increasingly important considerations in climate action plans, regulatory compliance of California’s legislation (i.e., SB375, AB32, and AB1881) and greenhouse gas inventories. The risks of climate changes primarily impacts virtually all of the ecosystem services on which humans rely, and as such our urban, community and natural landscapes must adapt to these ecological changes to achieve long-term sustainability.”

Designed with an interdisciplinary focus, many courses allow LEED AP professionals from various career fields an opportunity to gain approved U.S. Green Building Council continuing education training. Many businesses can benefit from the grants associated with the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act designed to promote sustainable community planning and development.

UC Irvine Extension’s Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development will include five required courses for 15 quarter units. The program is open to individuals seeking a career change and those who currently plan, design, construct and maintain urban environments. LEED professionals seeking continuing education credits are also good candidates for this certificate program.

Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development Courses

• A Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Sites (Offered Fall 2010) - Course will highlight sustainable sites issues, and bridge professionals from varied backgrounds who seek to identify and apply the new lexicon of sustainable communities in compliance with government regulations.

• Sustainability & Ecosystems Services Planning (Offered Winter 2011) – Participants will learn to develop planning approaches for optimizing performance of sustainable development programs and emphasize on the challenges and emerging issues associated with planning in the era of climate change adaptation and ecological accountability.

• Developing Green & Sustainable Planned Communities (Offered Fall 2010 & Winter 2011) - Gain insight into the underlying principles of sustainable development, the practical application of green building practices, including LEED and their relevance to master planned communities. Participants will also learn how to integrate sustainable practices from the original site and marketing analysis, through project planning and costing, operations, and implementing a green marketing plan.

• Sustainable Healthy Communities (Offered Spring 2011) - By understanding how to build healthy communities, participants of this course will be able to identify the inner functioning of sustainable communities and how cultural sensitivities work together with physical environment.

• Sustainable Infrastructure (Offered Summer 2011) – This course will emphasize localization and reducing the ecological footprint in areas with high population density and discuss how municipal decision making and investment planning integrates with multi-discipline practices to ensure green procurement.

With an outstanding advisory committee assembled to provide the most up-to-date industry insights and knowledge for program content development, UC Irvine Extension’s Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development is a premiere provider of “green” continuing education. To learn more about the Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Planning & Development, please visit To register for the Fall courses, call 949-824-5414 or e-mail

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit