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Smart Growth

Jim Newton, P.E., DEE

Course Outline

This two hour course provides valuable information for those individuals who participate in the operations and management of local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), governmental agencies and any other individuals with an interest in protecting the planet and being a better world citizen.  Completion of this course will provide the student the necessary information and testing to meet the continuing education requirements in order to renew their licenses.  It was designed by an instructor who has developed and implemented numerous similar training courses. 

This course requires the completion of a multiple-choice quiz at its conclusion in order to obtain the necessary certification.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is any professional who is involved in the operation and management of schools, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), governmental agencies and any other individual with an interest in protecting the planet and being a better world citizen.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendees of this course will understand the basic concepts of energy efficiency and how to implement these.

Course Introduction

Community design affects energy consumption and vehicle use, and thus greenhouse gas emissions.  By addressing these factors through planning, application of smart growth principles, measures to reduce urban heat islands, and other initiatives, local and regional governments can encourage economic development while preserving their open spaces and critical environmental habitats, protecting water and air quality, and helping to mitigate climate changes.

Community planning and design programs generally act to reduce energy demand, as opposed to increasing energy efficiency.  For example, by promoting mixed use development and public transportation, communities can reduce the need for residents to drive a car for shopping, commuting to work or getting to and from school.  Similarly, measures to reduce the urban heat island effect, such as planting trees or installing cool roofs, reduce a community’s cooling energy requirements.

Course Content

This course is based upon the following book:

In this course, you are required to study the US EPA publication, “Smart Growth”  provided as a pdf document as a part of this course.  This document describes the steps to promote smart growth techniques to reduce GHG emissions.

Smart Growth

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Course Summary

This course discusses basic smart growth concepts.

Related Links

For additional information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

U.S Environmental Protection Agency


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.