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.

Research: Drivers of Urban Water Use

Drivers of Urban Water Use” examines how water demand models for four urban land use types relate to the built environment, climate, and demographics, and how the models can inform city planning with respect to water use.

Featured Event

2015 Mayor’s Symposium

Mayor's Symposium BannerThe 2015 Mayor’s Symposium will focus on the natural systems of land and water that support and enhance the economy, ecology and quality of life in our city. Our natural and working lands, open spaces and parks, gardens and urban forests, waterways and aquifers, and rain gardens and storm water detention systems that capture and cleanse storm water, are all part of a system of green and blue infrastructure. They provide flood protection and water storage, cleanse our air and water, regulate our urban climate, and provide food, recreation and access to nature for citizens. Although Green and Blue are part of the fabric of our community, these important threads are easily lost as we grow.

Here in the Wasatch region, we have a unique set of natural assists, and economic and cultural context. How can we apply the concept of green-blue infrastructure to plan for a future that maintains our current high quality of life? With the Green-Blue City, we will gather leading voices from different perspectives to share their visions for green-blue infrastructure in our region. Read more