The APA Sustainable Community Planning Interest Group (APA-SCP) seeks proposals for a Conference Session to designate as our “by-right” session for the 2013 APA Conference in Chicago (pending our designation as an official APA Division in September). Session proposals may be on any topic related to sustainable community planning. The due date for session proposals is August 21, 2012 and must be submitted directly to the APA website. In addition, to be considered for the Sustainable Community Planning Division Session you must also submit your proposal to apascp [at] gmail [dot] com by August 15, 2012, 4 p.m. (PT). Proposals that are not submitted to both SCP and the APA will not be considered.
All proposals should meet APA requirements, which can be viewed below or on the APA website. Submissions should also demonstrate a commitment to the APA-SCP’s Mission: “To assist the American Planning Association in becoming a national advocate and leader for sustainable community planning, within the planning community and beyond” and primary objective: "To advance the integration of sustainability principles and applications within city, town, and regional planning so that planning for sustainability becomes the conventional way of planning." See our evaluation criteria below, and learn more about APA-SCP at http://sustainableplanning.net/about#mission.
Only one session will be chosen as the official Sustainable Community Planning session. We will announce the chosen proposal by August 20th. If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Session Proposal Coordinator: carinearendes [at] gmail [dot] com.
Session proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:
A. Supports APA-SCP Mission (and advances current objective to become an APA Division)
Proposal is well-aligned with our primary objective: "To advance the integration of sustainability principles and applications within city, town, and regional planning so that planning for sustainability becomes the conventional way of planning."
B. Completeness and Collaboration
Proposal includes all the elements required by APA for sessions
Complete 75 minute sessions are preferred over submissions for individual panelists that require the committee to ‘mix and match’
Session demonstrates collaboration (across sectors, geographic, diverse participants)
Session is cohesive topic of interest
C. Learning Objectives
Includes Key Learning Objectives applicable to current practice (for people to take back to their own community)
Session contributes new information to field
D. Past and Future
Presents case study example(s) with informative details
Proposes avenues for future improvement and progress, defines new directions & successes
Supporting research cited/referenced
Required Proposal Components
Complete 75 minute session proposals include:
• Proposed Session Title
• Two Key Learning Objectives
• One Topic
• General description
• Outline of Session
• Case Studies
• What information will people take back to their own community?
• Names of expected speakers