Students at Sewanee have the opportunity to participate in several areas of planning. On the Domain, the 2012 Domain Strategy White Paper set out goals by which the Domain is to be managed. Those goals are being implemented on multiple scales and students are involved in all of them. The most recent management planning for the Domain is currently in process. Students are involved in that planning effort, authoring documents on Domain wide biodiversity planning and even entire compartment management plans.
On a regional level, The University of the South recently partnered with The Land Trust for Tennessee to create a comprehensive planning document for conserving the natural and cultural resources of the South Cumberland region. The document, entitled Cumberland Voices , involved more than 30 organizations and covers over four million acres including portions of Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Much like the 2012 Domain Strategy White Paper which informs the formal planning process on the Domain, the Cumberland Voices document is now being used in a formal regional planning process known as Thrive 2055. Students at Sewanee have been involved with multiple portions of both the Cumberland Voices and Thrive 2055 process providing real world experience in creating livable communities.