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Dr. Yekang Ko

Assistant Professor
City and Regional Planning Program
School of Urban and Public Affairs

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Ko obtained her Ph.D. degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Her research and teaching support the long-term resilience of built environments that minimize the impacts of urban development on ecosystems and reduce the consumption of energy and natural resources. She is also interested in developing and practicing hands-on curriculum for environmental education utilizing community service learning. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses related to environmental planning and sustainable communities by integrating community service learning. Her research and professional projects are based on environmental science, policy, planning and active collaboration with local governments and NGOs.

Service Learning Class

CIRP 4320 Sustainable Communities

Academic Outcomes

  • Understand broad environmental and social issues in building sustainable communities
  • Define a specific problem of interest in our communities and design action research projects
  • Acquire an effective problem solving ability through various hands-on activities and service learning
  • Acquire an ability to outreach to communities and raise public awareness on sustainability
  • Develop one’s sense of environmental stewardship

Service Learning Project

 Title  & Partners

Host Organizations

Research Group Projects

Arlington Community Planning & Development

Public transit plan for Arlington

Student housing strategies for Arlington

East Fort Worth Montessori Academy

Regenerative community garden model for EFWMA and other schools

UTA Composting

Campus composting strategies for UTA

River Legacy

Wildlife conservation campaign for River Legacy


Through weekly service learning activities, students work with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the DFW area and developing issue-based, action research projects to solve real-world problems in our communities.