The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning




The Ecological Planning Center at the University of Utah works closely with academic and community partners to shorten the pipeline between research and application. We apply principles of urban ecology, environmental planning, and design and engineering to generate sustainable solutions in planning for equitable, vibrant, and healthy human habitats.

NatureWorks Alliance

An alliance of organizations, including the U of U, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Envision Utah, Seven Canyons Trust, and others, working to promote green infrastructure planning in the Wasatch Front.

Master's Specialization in Ecological Planning

The Ecological Planning focus offers courses in green infrastructure, open space design, green communities, urban ecology, and more.

News: U of U Lands $1.2M Water Quality Study Grant from the EPA


Photo Credit: Bob Nelson Lake Mary, Big Cottonwood Canyon, October 2015

Sarah Hinners, PhD., Acting Director of the Ecological Planning Center and Assistant Professor of the City & Metropolitan

Planning department, serves as the metropolitan planner on the team of individuals working to implement this newly awarded grant:

Officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that they are awarding a $1.2 million dollar grant to the University of Utah.The money will fund a 3-year study on the impact of drought and extreme events on water quality.

Source: U of U Lands $1.2M Water Quality Study Grant from the EPA