Our Mission and our Goals & Objectives

Our mission is to provide leadership in the design and stewardship of the environment.


Goal 1 Cultivate students who express the potential to be future leaders in environmental planning and design.


  1. Increase exposure of discipline and Department curricula to students and faculty in high schools, community colleges, in New Jersey within Rutgers University, and at the national and international level.
  2. Intensify and support recruiting efforts to increase quality, quantity and diversity of applicants.
  3. Expose students to the many professional opportunities within environmental planning and design.
  4. Provide an educational atmosphere that respects individualism and diversity in terms of personal goals, while fostering the development of a clearly articulated, creative and rational problem-solving process.
  5. Support student participation in conferences, workshops, and design competitions.
  6. Develop and support opportunities for student travel.
  7. Develop and support opportunities for student internships.
  8. Support opportunities for student research.
  9. Develop web-based and social media outreach tools to reach a larger public audience.
Goal 2 Cultivate a faculty that advances scholarship in the art and science of environmental planning and design.

  1. Support scholarly endeavors through innovative research and creative work by peers in the planning and design disciplines.
  2. Support faculty presentations of scholarly work and pedagogical innovations at national and international conferences.
  3. Develop and support research platforms that allow faculty to collaborate on multi-disciplinary projects that advance the design and stewardship of the built environment.
  4. Develop and maintain a transparent and supportive promotion and tenure process.
  5. Recruit and support faculty diversity.
Goal 3 Create and support curricula that engage students in the analysis, design, planning, and management of the environment.
Sub-goal 3a Develop an overlapping curriculum for the undergraduate environmental planning and design major that incorporates shared knowledge for the 4 options

  1. Support instruction and research opportunities looking into the biophysical and socio-cultural land use patterns in urban, suburban, exurban, and natural systems.
  2. Support instruction and research opportunities in environmental design and planning history and theory
  3. Introduce best practices, from the scale of environmental planning to construction.
  4. Incorporate projects and teaching modules that engage in unfamiliar cultural and environmental contexts, with conscientious attention to gender, ethnicity and race, class/socio-economic status, and  non-western / developing world issues.
  5. Provide students with the theory and skills associated with information and technology, particularly geo-spatial analysis.
  6. Provide opportunities for instructional collaboration with other departments within Rutgers University as well as at the national level.
Sub-goal 3b Curricular goals for the Landscape Architecture Option: Provide innovative curriculum at the graduate and undergraduate level that encompasses the breadth of the landscape architecture discipline and a strong foundation for professional practice.

  1. Maintain and reinforce the core areas of the profession: site-scale design, planting design, landscape history, site and environmental inventory and analysis, grading, drainage and storm water management, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, landscape construction, visual communication and graphic representation, aesthetics and creative processes.
  2. Integrate evolving theories, practices, and technologies into the curriculum, including information technologies and concepts of sustainability 
  3. Develop curricula (graduate and undergraduate)  that incorporate strengths drawn from the perspectives of the physical and biological sciences, social sciences, and art.
  4. Foster interdisciplinary opportunities that enable students to delve deeper into particular aspects of the field.
  5. Continue the tradition of a common lecture series to encourage shared discourse across the entire student body within the option.
  6. Provide opportunities for students to experience built work and discuss contemporary issues with practitioners.
  7. Provide access to international experiences related to environmental design.
  8. Continue to revise and improve department curricula to meet future potential of the discipline and profession
Sub-goal 3c Curricular goals for Landscape Industry Option: Provide an innovative curriculum at the undergraduate level in best practices, green technology alternatives, and entrepreneurism associated with landscape construction, nursery trades, and related fields.

  1. Develop courses that promote innovation in “green” technology.
  2. Expand offerings in landscape industry business management and entrepreneurism.
  3. Provide opportunities for design build projects for the Rutgers University campus, Rutgers Gardens, and the surrounding community.  Integrate this opportunity with the landscape architecture design and construction curriculum.
  4. Develop a living-learning community.
  5. Promote opportunities for internships with garden and park conservancies in the metropolitan region.
  6. Develop relationships with industry professionals to better integrate the most recent technologies and trends into the curriculum; promote better links to internship programs and permanent job placement.
Sub-goal 3d Curricular goals for Geomatics Option: Provide innovative instruction in geospatial science and technology.

  1. Provide foundational knowledge for students preparing them for work in a rapidly changing technology field.
  2. Provide innovative instruction in the gathering, processing,  analysis, and communication of geospatial data.
  3. Integrate geospatial instruction to applications in a variety of areas including natural and cultural resource management, land use and environmental planning, and public health.
  4. Develop a connection to an application area by requiring students to earn certificates and minors in allied fields.
  5. Strengthen relationships with the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis.
  6. Provide opportunities to work hands-on with real-world data
Sub-goal 3e Curricular goals for the Environmental Planning Option: Provide innovative curriculum that prepares students to analyze, plan, and develop policies that integrate environmental and social information into the planning process

  1. Provide strong background in physical and environmental sciences.
  2. Support a broad and flexible curricula that allows students to prepare for a variety of related career paths.
  3. Complement the broad perspective of environmental planning by requiring students to earn certificates and minors in allied fields.
  4. Explore opportunity to become accredited planning program.
Goal 4 Foster mutually beneficial opportunities for engaged learning and outreach.



  1. Support instruction and scholarship that relates to contemporary land use and design issues faced in the northeastern region of the united states
  2. Increase collaboration with municipalities and non-profit institutions concerned with contemporary physical and social land use, planning, and design issues.
  3. Support exhibits, lectures, and other opportunities that educate the larger SEBS and Rutgers University community to the work within department and the potential role of the discipline and profession in addressing contemporary issues.
  4. Develop in the State of New Jersey recognition, respect, and awareness for the profession of Landscape Architecture, and more importantly, to have positive impact on land use, environmental policy, and the quality of physical land planning and development in the State