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), with a minimum grade of C- or better in each course, and maintain a 2.0 average or better.

Required Courses
CEP 672
Fundamentals of Real Estate
CEP 673
Green Real Estate
CEP 508
Applied Community Development
Select two from one of the three groups below:
(pick two 4-credit courses, or three 3-credit courses)
Green Design & Building
Ideal for future architects and builders
CHBE 410
Energy and Environment
CEE 404
Surveying and Mapping
CEE 703
Site Design and Project Development
CEE 706
Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
CEE 719
Green Building Design
NR 787
Advanced Topics in Sustainable Energy
Land Conservation
Ideal for future conservation commission members, planners, and advocates in general
EREC 606
Land Economics Perspectives: Uses, Policies, and Taxes
NR 437
Principles of Sustainability
NR 507
Introduction to our Energy System and Sustainable Energy
NR 753
NR 754
Critical Issues in Sustainability: Sustainability as an Abundance Paradigm
and Critical Issues in Sustainability: Sense of Place
NR 785
Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions
Finance & Law
Ideal for future green mortgage lenders and social choice investment portfolio managers
Note: Business Majors Only!
MGT 720
Topics in Management II
FIN 701
Financial Policy
FIN 702
Investments Analysis
FIN 708
Real Estate Finance

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