AICP Certified Environmental Planner (AICP CEP) Reading List

Books and Articles

Anderson, Larz T. 2000. Planning the Built Environment, pp. 26, 52, 56, 59. Chicago: APA Planners Press.

Benedict, Mark A., and Edward T. McMahon. 2006. Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Berke, Philip R., and David R Godschalk.  2006. Urban Land Use Planning, 5th ed. Champaign, Ill.: University of Illinois Press.

Cambridge Systematics, 2009. Moving Cooler: An Analysis of Transportation Strategies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute.

Daniels, Tom, and Katherine Daniels. 2003. Environmental Planning Handbook: For Sustainable Communities and Regions. Chicago: APA Planners Press.

Dunne, Thomas, and Luna Leopold. 1978. Water in Environmental Planning, p. 198. W.H. Freeman.

Hack, Gary, Eugénie Birch, Paul Sedway, and Mitchell Silver, eds. 2009. Local Planning, Contemporary Principles and Practice. Washington, D.C.: ICMA Press.

Kinkade-Levario, H. 2007. Design for Water. Rainwater Harvesting, Stormwater Catchment, and Alternate Water Reuse, ch. 3. New Society Publishers. See

McElfish, James. 2004. Nature Friendly Ordinances. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Law Institute.

Mitchell, Andy. 1999. The ESRI Guide to GIS Analysis Volume 1: Geographic Patterns & Relationships. Redlands, Calif.: Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.

Schwab, James C., and Stuart Meck. 2005. Planning for Wildfires, Planning Advisory Report no. 529/530, p. 44. Chicago: American Planning Association.

Wheeler, Stephen M. 2004. Planning for Sustainability: Creating Livable, Equitable and Ecological Communities, New York: Routledge.

Government Resources

Bureau of Land Management, Visual Resource Management program H8431.1

Clean Water Act, Title 5 Section 510 (1972). Available at:

Environmental Protection Agency. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976. Available at

Environmental Protection Agency. 2005. Riparian Buffer Width, Vegetative Cover, and Nitrogen Removal Effectiveness: A Review of Current Science and Regulation.

Environmental Protection Agency Report by Anna Knox, David Dunn, Eric Nelson, and Winona Specht. 2004. Wastewater Treatment and Heavy Metals Removal in the A-01 Constructed Wetland: 2003. Report No: WSRC-TR-2004-00228.

Federal Aviation Administration. 2010. Airport Noise Compatibility Planning (14 CFR Part 150).

Federal Aviation Administration. 2007. Environmental Desk Reference for Airport Actions.

Federal Aviation Administration. 2002. Land Use Compatibility and Airports.

Protection of the Environment, 40 CFR. Available at

U.S. Air Force, Center for Engineering and the Environment. 1991. Socioeconomic Impact Analysis Study (SIAS) Guide.

U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine. 2005. Operational Noise Manual. Available at

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 1987. Wetland Delineation Manual.

U.S. Department of Energy. 2008. Preparing Environmental Documents. Available at

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Noise Guidebook.

Other Resources

Center for Wildlife Law and Defenders of Wildlife. 1993. State Endangered Species Acts.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 2003. Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry. Available at

Pennsylvania Environmental Council:


  • No reading list can span the entire range of material in the field.
  • It is not expected that exam takers will have read all the resources cited.
  • The readings are intended as guidelines only. While many exam questions are based on these readings, many are developed from other materials of similar content.