About the Book

Traditional Urban Neighborhoods: A walkable street in Columbus, Ohio. (Source: www.pedbikeimage.org. Eric Lowry.)

Since Environmental Land Use Planning and Management was first published in 2004, it has received high praise for its clear, comprehensive, and practical approach.  The second edition continues to offer a unique framework for teaching and learning interdisciplinary environmental planning, incorporating the latest thinking, newest research findings, and numerous updated case studies into the solid foundation of the first edition.

The second edition presents this next generation of environmental planning. The community continues to be the laboratory, where new methods, technologies, designs, and policies are devised, tried, and judged. Therefore, this edition uses more case studies of these approaches “in action.” The new edition also has a slight shift in emphasis and includes emerging challenges and responses on topics including sustainable communities, climate change (a new chapter addresses “Land Use, Air Quality and Climate Change”), and international efforts toward sustainability.

To respond to the need of students for the big picture context on environmental planning and interest in digging into the technical issues of environmental and land analysis, the book is now organized into three parts:  Part I, “Environmental Planning and Management,” Part II, “Sustainable Land Use Principles and Planning Analysis,”  and Part III, “Managing Watersheds, Ecosystems and Development to Achieve Sustainable Communities.”

With this thoroughly revised second edition, Environmental Land Use Planning and Management maintains its preeminence as the leading textbook in its field.


“Comprehensive, eminently readable, and timely, Randolph’s illustrated account of the fields of land use and environmental planning is remarkable.  This is a seminal book for scholars and educators as well as managers and decision-makers.”

—Vivek Shandas, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Portland State University