New for 2013, the Department will offer a range of 3-Credit, 6-Week summer on-line courses. These are available through UMass Continuing & Professional Education  and do not require UMass admission. Download the flyer .
RP 591P - Planning for Local Climate Change Mitigation
Jeff Howard 
Session: 5/20 - 6/28
What can cities and towns do to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions? What are Climate Action Plans, and are they effective? What policies should they include, and how should emissions be inventoried? This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the politics, policies, and practices of climate change mitigation at the local scale. Students will gain skills in preparing climate mitigation plans.
RP 591LC - Planning for Local Climate Change Adaptation
Ana Mesquita Emlinger 
Session: 7/8 - 8/16
What would a city that is really adapted to its future climate look like? How would it function? How can we identify now what the risks are likely to be in the future, and communicate that to decision-makers? And how can we start now to implement the physical and social practices that will assure a resilient built form? This class gives students the opportunity to begin to answer these questions, and introduces the skills needed to prepare a climate adaptation plan.
RP 625 - Intro to GIS Systems/Planning
Henry Renski 
Session: 5/20 - 6/28
How can I make digital maps and use them to address contemporary problems? What are the most effective ways to use digital maps to communicate ideas? What are some simple analytical techniques that can help me make sense of spatial relationships? In this class, we will learn how to create, display and analyze spatial data using ArcGIS - the primary Geographic Information System software platform used by government, non-profits, and businesses in the U.S. Topics include: how to obtain, evaluate and create spatially referenced data from a variety of sources; understanding the basic principles of map design and the effective presentation of spatial data; important principles of geographic information science; how to integrate spatial and aspatial information to create thematic maps; and some basic methods for exploratory spatial analysis.