Green Real Estate (Minor)

Green Real Estate (Minor)

Green Real Estate

What is green real estate?

Property owners are becoming increasingly aware of the impact buildings have on the health of people, neighborhoods and the environment. This has affected the real estate market.Real estate now has a stronger focus on efficiency, sustainability and the local economy. Not only will you learn the fundamentals of real estate, but you’ll also study alternative energy, community and environmental planning, and current trends in green design.Combine this minor with a variety of majors to bring new perspectives to living, working and other spaces.

Why study green real estate at UNH?

Students in the green real estate minor do more than sit in a classroom. Through an interactive and dynamic curriculum,students develop a solid foundation in the basic principles of real estate and ever-evolving sustainability perspectives. Critical topics include energy, construction, green building design, finance and sustainability. Historically, the foundational course has been accredited by the NH Real Estate Commission as the required pre-licensing class.Students have gone on to work for land trusts, large corporations, planning offices and real estate brokerages.

Potential career areas

  • Architecture
  • Community and economic development
  • Environmental planning
  • Government planning
  • Green construction
  • Landscape architecture
  • Materials engineering
  • Public policy
  • Real estate
  • Regional planning
  • Sustainable business
  • Sustainable living
  • Urban planning


Wendy Rose

Phone: (603) 862-3933
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114, Durham, NH 03824
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire
James Hall, Rm 114
56 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1022

Curriculum & Requirements

The green real estate minor will include the basic fundamentals of real estate (a class which is accredited by the New Hampshire Real Estate Commission). Students will learn about local and regional planning, environmental economics and market forces, and environmental issues as they pertain to real estate. In addition, students may choose complementary classes, such as architecture, surveying, land design, soils, wetland delineation, law, etc. Students must complete five courses (18 to 20 credits), get a C- or better in each course, and maintain a 2.0 average or better.

Required Courses
CEP 672Fundamentals of Real Estate4
CEP 673Green Real Estate4
CEP 508Applied Community Development4
Select two from one of the following groups:8-9
Green Design and Building
Land Conservation
Finance and Law
Total Credits20-21

Green Design and Building  

(Pick two 4-credit courses, or three 3-credit courses)
Ideal for future architects and builders.

ARTS 455Architectural Design Studio4
CHE 410Energy and Environment4
CEE 404Surveying and Mapping4
CEE #444Housing - Everyone Needs a Place to Live4
CEE 703Site Design and Project Development3
CEE 706Environmental Life Cycle Assessment3
CEE 719Green Building Design3
NR 787Advanced Topics in Sustainable Energy4

Land Conservation

Ideal for future conservation commission members, planners, and environmental advocates in general.

EREC 606Land Economics Perspectives: Uses, Policies, and Taxes4
NR 437Principles of Sustainability4
NR 507Introduction to our Energy System and Sustainable Energy4
NR 753
NR 754
Critical Issues in Sustainability: Sustainability as an Abundance Paradigm
and Critical Issues in Sustainability: Sense of Place
NR 785Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions4

Finance and Law

Ideal for future green mortgage lenders and social choice investment portfolio managers.
NOTE: Business majors only

MGT 720Topics in Management II4
FIN 701Financial Policy4
FIN 702Investments Analysis4
FIN 708Real Estate Finance4

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