Sustainable ecosystems and the built environment offers guidelines for professional practice and highlights the potential of radical new technologies to increase and maintain the quality of life on this planet. The interdisciplinary program in sustainability and the built environment sbe balances high quality academics research and outreach to graduate leaders in industries around the world we believe in a solutions based approach to learning through a lens of equity and authenticity for the communities populations and ecosystems we serve. There are significant consequences to ignoring the potential for the built environment to produce and deliver ecosystem service benefits removing nature from an urban landscape or failing to maintain that urban landscape in harmony with the ecosystem that encompasses it reduces the resilience and sustainability of those communities. This chapter introduces the concept of ecosystem services in relation to the built environment and examines materials as parts of whole ecosystems a ranked list of key places for change in the built environment along with which ecosystem services should be focused on in a built environment context is presented. The bachelor of science in sustainability and the built environment requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the goals of sustainability and the activities of the built environment disciplines including architecture building construction historic preservation interior design landscape architecture and urban and regional planning
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