Designing land-based projects that are sustainable can be challenging with the numerous issues involved, including rising land costs, conservation factors and energy concerns. Today, it takes contributions from multiple professions to achieve successful design solutions. This trend is resulting in double-digit growth in professions involved in design and planning, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To prepare professionals to help lead complex sustainable design and planning projects, Penn State has Graduate Programs in Geodesign, delivered entirely online.
Penn State's Geodesign programs are rooted in a framework that has been used for decades. This program advocates for developing a well-thought-out geodesign framework before delving into technical processing. Penn State's Graduate programs are rooted in Carl Steinitz's Framework for Geodesign(1).
(1) Steinitz, C., 2012, A Framework for Geodesign, Redlands CA., Esri Press