Sustainable Economic Development


The Pimentel Market in Jamaica Plain is an example of thriving locally owned retail. (Image courtesy of Annemarie Herbst.)


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Spring 2004



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This course features a full set of assignments, including examples of student projects and a summary of all the lectures.

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This course explores the application of environmental and economic development planning, policy and management approaches to urban neighborhood community development. Through an applied service learning approach, the course requires students to prepare a sustainable development plan for a community-based non-profit organization. Through this client-based planning project, students will have the opportunity to test how sustainable development concepts and different economic and environmental planning approaches can be applied to advance specific community goals within the constraints of specific neighborhoods and community organizations.

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Karl Seidman, and William Shutkin. 11.947 Sustainable Economic Development. Spring 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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