Urban Sustainability

Urban Design & Planning

Involved Faculty

  • Linda Saphan: PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology-Expertise and teaching in Urban Studies and Anthropology
  • Dart Westphal: Expertise in Urban Sustainability
  • Robert Tota: MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering-Public health consultant


  • A Brownfield Opportunities Area (BOA) study for the Harlem River. (WESTPHAL, DART)
  • Two borough-wide greenway plans, and a current effort with Pratt Institute on a greenway vision plan for the Harlem River.  (WESTPHAL, DART)
  • Establishment of a Food Policy Council in Bridgeport, CT which plans to help secure a sustainable and healthy food environment for the city residents, 20% of which are below the federal poverty level. (TOTA, ROBERT)
  • A regional planning organization (together with the Bridgeport Department of Health and the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council, a regional planning organization) to bring a public bike-share program to the city.  (TOTA, ROBERT)

Courses Offered

  • URBN 301 – Special Topic: Urban Sustainability

Buildings: Materials and Designs

Involved Faculty

  • Poyin Auyeung: PhD, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts-Research in twentieth-century art and architectural history, urbanism, contemporary Chinese art and postcolonial theories
  • Nand Jha: PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering-Expertise in system dynamics, manufacturing processes, computer aided design, and engineering mathematics and economy
  • Edward Musal
  • Graham Walker: PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering-Expertise in system dynamics, biomechanics, quality engineering, manufacturing, and design

Books/Book Chapters

  • Forthcoming book on Green Design and Manufacturing for Sustainability with Taylor and Francis.  Forthcoming in 2013.  (JHA, NAND)


  • "Measurement of design feasibility for sustainability", Proc The 15th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics & Informatics, pp 452-455, July 19-July 22 2nd, 2011, Orlando, Florida. (JHA, NAND)

Courses Offered

  • ENGG 674 – Green Engineering Design
  • ENGG 676 – Sustainable Material Selection
  • ART 402 – Modern Architecture and the Environment: Ecologically Sustainable and Socially Responsible Design (AUYEUNG, POYIN)
  • Engineering Economy and Project Management  (JHA, NAND)
  • Environmental & Safety Issues in Construction for Engineers - includes a segment covering green buildings (MUSAL, EDWARD)
  • ENVL 408 – Environmental Engineering Design