The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Emily Meadows

Name: Emily Meadows
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science
Hometown: Alpine, UT

How did you discover urban planning?
I minored in International Development and one day we had a guest lecture with the professor from the Urban Planning Department. I thought the lecture was fascinating and it really changed the way I viewed the world.

Why did you choose the MCMP program at U of Utah?
The MCMP program seemed to have a lot of diversity within the faculty and specialties and I was looking for opportunities to further my education in sustainability. I also LOVE Utah and all the outdoor recreation opportunities it provides so the U allowed me to have the best of both worlds.

If you have done an internship, tell us about that experience.

  • Updating the General Plan for Mona, UT
  • Conducting fieldwork to analyze the safety of railroad crossings to improve active transportation routes throughout the Wasatch Front.
  • Conducting research on carbon credit trading and offset programs
  • Conducting research to understand and promote water conservation practices in Utah

What are your career goals?
I am specializing in Ecological and Sustainable Planning and pursuing a graduate certificate in Sustainability.  I hope to be able to work as a consultant or planner to give technical advice on how to create sustainable communities by utilizing natural ecosystems within urban environments to combat the negative impacts of climate change.

I hope to take a holistic approach by promoting the use of green infrastructure to manage stormwater, create multi-modal transportation options, and provide equitable access to open or green spaces while avoiding gentrification.

What would you tell a prospective student about the MCMP program?
Meet with the faculty if you have questions, they are amazing people with so much to experience!

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I am part Hawaiian, Chinese, and Caucasian and speak Mandarin Chinese.