I am currently working as a mechanical engineer doing building commissioning and energy audits. I am also a LEED AP and really interested in sustainability and conservation. The more I work in this field, the more I see the need and importance for urban planning to support these "green buildings".
So how should I find out if I really want to go into planning? I have been reading about conservation planning, which sounds interesting. It seems a masters in planning is must, but before I go there, how should I find out if I want to make the switch? Internships don't really fit to well with working 50 hrs per week year round...
Would a background in engineering harm me or help me? I have a BS in mechanical engineering and have been working in the field for 3 yrs.
Any advice on where to go from here would be appreciated!