Learn more about the Urban Ecology Impact Image Project:https://honors.utah.edu/news-announcements/honors-urban-ecology-scholars-campus-impact-image-project/
Who we are: A group of 20 Honors students who care about the long-term health of our communities.
What we do: We research, imagine, and implement strategies that will positively affect the sustainability of the University campus and Salt Lake City community. We determine our own collaborative path, come up with ideas about food systems and urban agriculture, energy production and conservation, mobility and transportation, housing and public space improvements, and new ways to engage incoming students in strengthening the University’s commitment to sustainability.
Requirements: Students must attend weekly seminars and engage in creative, hands-on ways to apply their growing knowledge of sustainability and urban ecology for the benefit of the campus community.
Department of City & Metropolitan Planning
Stephen Goldsmith is an Associate Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah and serves as the Director of the Capstone Initiatives program for Undergraduate Studies. As the Executive Director of the Center for the Living City, a non-profit organization created in collaboration with Jane Jacobs prior to her death in 2006, he works to enhance our understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life and through it, promote increased civic engagement. In 2010 he produced an award-winning book about Jacobs’ ideas titled What We See; Advancing the Observations of Jane Jacobs.
As part of his research investigating urban ecology as the emerging planning paradigm, he steered the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning’s (CMP) successful effort to shift the undergraduate degree program from a degree in Urban Planning to a degree in Urban Ecology. This change is the first among Research One institutions in the U.S., and signals an acknowledgement of the unintended consequences of urban planning practice, consequences that undermine the health of cities and people. Stephen’s work at the university includes teaching courses in Urban Ecology, Green Communities, Ethics in Shaping Communities, and Empathic Sustainability. Other roles at the university have included Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator for the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, University Professor for Campus Sustainability, Environmental Sciences Track Director for Professional Masters of Science and Technology Program, and Honors Scholars Professor in Sustainability and Urban Ecology. In 2010 he was given a Teaching Award by the Associated Students of the University of Utah and in 2014 was awarded Professor of the Year in the College of Architecture + Planning.