Date of Award

5-2-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

First Advisor

Dr. Carlos V. Licon

Abstract

Planners and landscape architects are decision makers whose commitment to sustainable development is integral in transitioning our built environment into a renewable and more self sustaining system. The built environment is a place where the three pillars of sustainability comprising social equity, environmental bear-ability, and economic viability are clearly manifested. The recent decades or scientific research in this area have offered us opportunities to make changes in the built environment that will better support future generations of our local communities. However, social and religious community structures can make change difficult on the Wasatch Front where the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is located. This paper addresses how principles of sustainability are incorporated into the built environment based of secular theories of best practice. The building and design of recent LDS Church funded developments will be explored as well for evidence of religiously motivated earth-stewardship practices. It indicates closure of the perceived gap in scientific and religious environmental ideals.

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