We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Environmental Planning?

By Haven Esme
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
All Things Nature is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All Things Nature, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

As communities, cities, states, and countries become more concerned with the distribution of their resources, environmental planning has become increasingly critical. The ultimate goal of environmental planning is to determine how environmentalism affects the designs of cities in towns. The planning focuses on how communities can achieve sustainable development and use resources in a way that is good for the ecosystem and the general population.

In general, environmental planners work with government and local agencies to determine how construction projects will affect the environment. In the United States, environmental planners work very closely with the Environmental Protection Agency to examine the impact of city planning and urban development. Worldwide, government organizations rely on environmental planners to implement eco-conscious city design. The planners work in a variety of settings including nonprofit sectors, private companies, and government institutions throughout the world.

To become an environmental planner, an individual must seek the proper education and qualifications. There are schools available that specialize in environmental planning. Some of the most common advanced degrees obtained by environmental planners include bachelor’s degrees in environment planning, landscape architecture, and environmental design.

There are several facets of being an environmental planner. Some of the most prominent include restructuring cities and evaluating how city and government policies affect the environment. Environmental planners are concerned with the future of cities and regions. Not only are the planners concerned about environmental damage, but also about strains on transportation, diminishing natural resources, and many other problems that plague cities around the world.

Environmental planners must have in-depth knowledge of economics, geography, environmental science, political science, engineering, and demography. Issues of sustainability create a unique problem for many cities and regions, but environmental planners work to create solutions. Climate change, urban sprawl, deforestation, and air pollution can have a negative impact on the environment, but environmental planning focuses on how such problems can be addressed.

Environmental planners also explore the relationship between people and the environment. They determine how routine activities such as the way that people travel can have a healthy impact on the environment instead of a deadly one. They determine how a community can change their values with respect to the environment by evaluating land use, infrastructure, and the community's natural resources. Environmental planning is concerned with increasing the quality of life.

All Things Nature is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By anon243667 — On Jan 29, 2012

I'm looking for job a in environmental related fields. I will be graduating in june 2012 as an environmental engineer. I am from Tanzania and ready to work anywhere. Can I get a job?

By parmnparsley — On May 20, 2011

What are environmental management plans and why are they important? I have heard a lot about environmental risk management and the use of environmental management plans to manage that risk. If someone could give me a basic rundown, I would be very appreciative.

By aplenty — On May 17, 2011

@Alchemy- My advice to you would be not to change a thing. Urban and environmental planning jobs almost always require a master's degree, even for entry-level positions. To be a successful planner, you need a wide range of knowledge form multiple disciplines.

Environmental scientists on the other hand, can find work much easier with just a bachelor's degree, especially with an urban or environmental planning minor. The minor compliments your degree because it shows you have the knowledge base to relate environmental issues to social and urban interactions.

You will be able to find a good paying job in a field growing faster than average, allowing you to pay your way through grad school should you choose to go. If you decide that you want to be a planner, you can then apply for a graduate degree and not have any deficiencies when you enroll.

By Alchemy — On May 14, 2011

Can I find an Environmental planning job with just a bachelor's degree or do I need to have an advanced degree to find work? I am minoring in Urban Planning, but am thinking about switching my major to planning. I just do not know if it would be worthwhile to switch. I want to find a job after graduation so I can pay down some of my loans. I am currently an environmental science major, and a little lost. Any advice would be appreciated.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.