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Regional Sustainability

This specialization provides administrators with an understanding of sustainable development practices. Students learn about the public services needed to build sustainable and resilient communities, the challenges associated with the process, and the ways to address those challenges through implementing policy change.

Courses Include:

Sustainability for Public Administration – PADM 8700
Introduces students to the history, foundations and components of the sustainability movement in the public sector. Aspects of the three components of sustainability, environment, economics and society, are investigated. Emphasis will be placed on analysis, evaluation, communication and understanding how sustainability approaches are important in business and the public sector.

Regional Economic Development: Theory & Practice – PADM 8780 (Special Topics)
This course provides a foundation in regional economic theory and policy important for current and future public and non-profit administrators. Regional economic development is a course designed for professionals and practitioners interested in understanding the complex reasons that cities and regions grow, decline and fight for their ongoing viability. Many practitioners and analysts do not acknowledge or even know the underlying theoretical framework of the practices they pursue. As such, a critical component of this course is to ground practitioners in the theory of regional development and to identify the strengths, weaknesses, and other challenges related to these theories in practice.

Applications of Sustainability Practices – PADM 8710
The history, foundations and components of the sustainability movement, application of sustainability principles in government, business, education and non-government agencies, giving students exposure to and experience with current and evolving practices. Group activities and a project demonstrating applications are included.

Rural Development – PADM 8720
This course provides the tools to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of rural communities and asses the kinds of development strategies that enhance community and economic well-being.