Professional Concentration in Geographic Information Systems
Learn how to analyze and model the built and natural environments in order to inform policy and policy decisions. Individual courses explore GIS topics in depth, including database design, programming, cartographic design and data analysis.
Establishing Boundaries, Shaping the Future: A LAFCo Symposium
This one-day symposium explores the origins of Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCo) and how their roles have changed since 1963. Learn how open space, productive farmland, affordable housing, disadvantaged unincorporated communities and sustainability fit within LAFCos' 50-year history and how LAFCos will shape our communities in the future. Hear from the policymakers and practitioners who have shaped LAFCo over the years.
CEQA Update, Issues and Trends
CEQA practice is constantly evolving, raising new issues and revealing new trends. Learn recent developments and emerging trends, and exchange ideas about handling key issues in the environmental review process.
Annual Land Use Law Review and Update
Stay up-to-date on recent developments in California law affecting land use, planning and environmental compliance. Experts from the field provide succinct and practical analysis on recent case law and significant legislative and administrative changes that took effect this year.
Award-Winning Professional Education
UC Davis Extension's Land Use and Natural Resources program won the 2011 American Planning Association of California Distinguished Leadership Award at both the state and regional levels for sustained and significant contributions to the planning profession. Both the statewide award and the regional award recognize the program's commitment to excellence in urban, community, regional and environmental planning education for professionals.
Sierra Institute - Now at UC Davis Extension!
The Sierra Institute offers interdisciplinary environmental studies programs to undergaduates from around the country.
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Sustainable Design Blog
Follow UC Davis Extension’s Jeff Loux and his Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe students as they study abroad this summer.
California Naturalist Program
Earn credit with the UC-created California Naturalist Program, which combines classroom, assigned reading, and field-based exploration of California’s unique ecology. Learn more here.
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Land Use and Natural Resources catalog (Winter 2013) (1.2 MB)
In the News
UC Davis Extension’s Jeff Loux discusses sustainability following a 2009 visit to Germany with his summer abroad course in this ABC News article.
Students in Print
View the report Innovation Center Study prepared by Studio 30 grads for the City of Davis Innovation Task Force. Studio 30 provides lectures, training and real-world projects with actual clients—cities, counties, regional and state agencies and nonprofit organizations. A collaboration between the region’s professional and academic experts and top UC Davis graduate and upper-division students, each seminar focuses on community planning, design, development and sustainability.
Now accepting applications for Winter 2013
Faculty in Print
Jeff Loux, Ph.D., chair of UC Davis Extension’s Science, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, has completed his second book, The Open Space and Land Conservation Handbook. This how-to guide offers practical solutions for protecting valuable natural resources and open space and is available at the UC Davis Bookstore.
Michael Coleman, UC Davis Extension instructor and expert on local government finance, has a new book out Guide to Local Goverment Finance in California, published by Solano Press Books. The book is an essential resource for public agency managers and other staff who want to understand and improve California's complex system of local government finance.
Earn Professional Credit
Many Land Use and Natural Resources courses offer professional continuing education credits for professional accreditations including AICP, MCLE and REHS. Check the course listings to see if the courses you’re interested are approved. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 757-8878.