Sustainable Environmental Design

What is SED?  Why SED?  This very brief video will explain.

RocksIn 2014, UC Davis administration gave final approval for the new Sustainable Environmental Design (SED) major, which is intended to build skills related to the creation of sustainable communities and landscapes. 

The major is co-housed with Landscape Architecture in our own Department of Human Ecology, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

SED students gain basic skills in urban and environmental design, local government planning, and green building. They also learn about sustainable development theory and community dynamics.  Urban planners and regional developers shape the physical landscapes of our communities to create environments that frame our daily lives.  With an added focus on sustainability, these community builders help ensure that the places in which we live and work are environmentally safe and resource-efficient. Thoughtfully planned communities provide us with liveable cities, smooth-running transportation systems and healthy urban space.
Focusing on the urban environment, students in the Sustainable Environmental Design major gain basic skills in urban and environmental design, local government planning, and green building. They also learn about sustainable development theory and community dynamics.

“The Sustainable Environmental Design major will further UC Davis’ goal of providing cutting-edge sustainability education to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century,” said our 2014 department Chair, Patsy Eubanks Owens, when the SED major was approved.

River IllustrationWith this degree, graduates with a Sustainable Environmental Design degree will be positioned for jobs in government, community organizations, education and the private sector. Those wishing to pursue graduate education are well-prepared for advanced degrees in city and regional planning, landscape architecture, architecture, public policy, public administration, real estate and related fields.

Students can declare the SED major now. Preparatory subject matter includes LDA 3 “Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice”.

Core instruction for this major emphasizes urban and environmental design, sustainable development theory and practice, green building, local government planning and decision-making, community dynamics and organizations, and presentation of sustainability strategies. Courses come from the department of landscape architecture, and electives can be chosen from a broad range of departments such as civil and environmental engineering, community and regional development, plant science and environmental science and policy. All students will complete a capstone course during their final quarter.

For more information regarding major requirements and course availability, please visit the Sustainable Environmental Design undergraduate advisor, Sharla Cheney, in 135 Hunt Hall, or email scheney@ucdavis.edu.