Noreen McDonald speacking with DCRP students

A new interdisciplinary program in Environment, Ecology and Energy, E3P, will leverage the College’s strengths in natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to teach students how to best manage resources in an ever-changing world.

To understand the importance of social sciences to environmental solutions, think of a topic that sounds as simple as constructing bike lanes, said Noreen McDonald, chair of the department of city and regional planning. There are technological and engineering aspects to consider, but adding bike lanes to roadways affects communities — and the issue can be controversial.

“We can’t change the future without understanding how best to implement new solutions,” McDonald said. “Social scientists ask questions about what communities want and how they’ve been included in the design and layout of the bike routes.”


Learn more: Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine

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