Sustainable Communities Division events at the 2015 APA National Conference

Heading to the APA National Conference in Seattle next week? Come see what the division is up to at the Business Meeting (details below) and check out all of the APA Sustainable Communities Division sessions and activities. We hope to see you there!

Division-Related Sessions/Activities 

Sunday 4/19

  • 7:00 am – 8:00 am SCD Business Meeting 
    [Location: Sheraton – Willow A]

    • See what the Division is up to and meet the new Chair, Scott Turner, Director of Planning at Nitsch Engineering in Boston. A light breakfast with coffee and tea will be provided.
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Delegate Assembly Worksession for the Sustainability Policy Guide
    [Location: Sheraton – Grand Ballroom B]

    • Participate in a work session for the update of the Sustainable Policy Guide.
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm SCD Reception & Sustainability Awards
    [Location:Pike Place Market, Atrium Floor and Kitchen, Economy Building, 1433 1st Avenue, at the Corner of 1st Avenue and Pike Street]

    • Come see the winners of the 2nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability and network with members for the Sustainable Communities, Urban Design and Preservation, and International Divisions in beautiful Pike Place Market.

Monday 4/20

  • 7:30 am – 8:45 am SCD Facilitated Discussion – Sustainable Neighborhoods Program
    [Location:Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) – 201]

    • Learn how to implement sustainability in your community. Representatives from the Cities of Lakewood and Denver, Colorado will present strategies for participation and for addressing implementation challenges.
  • 9:00 am – 10:15 am SCD Session – The Updated APA Sustainability Policy Guide
    [Location: Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) – 613/614]

    • The SCD is leading updates to the APA’s Policy Guide on Planning for Sustainability. Learn how this process will help address daily challenges in the planning profession in this session presented by representatives from the City of Alexandria and NeighborWorks America.

Check Out Events Held by SCD Sponsors


Sunday 4/19

  • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Financing Mechanisms for Community-Scale Solar
    [Location: Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) – 211]

    • Planners often struggle with promoting solar initiatives at the community level. Fortunately, new models are opening up a cleaner energy future to a wider range of community members. Explore financing mechanisms for community-scale solar initiatives, including group purchasing programs and community-based, shared-solar installations.

Teska Associates

Saturday 4/18

  • 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Best Practices in Energy Benchmarking
    [Location: Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) – 4C-3]

    • As energy benchmarking takes root in mid- and smaller-size cities, this facilitated discussion looks at best practices in implementing citywide energy benchmarking requirements. Examine successes and lessons learned in Seattle, New York, and Chicago that may be applicable to your community.
Sunday 4/19
  • 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Development Approval, Beyond One-Stop Shop
    [Location: Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) – 307/308]

    • Working relationships and negotiation skills are essential to development approval, not only for applicants but also for municipal staff members whose concerns may differ from those of the planner. See how to manage these sometimes divergent perspectives to create productive relationships as well as successful approvals and built projects.

Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLCSaturday 4/19

  • 10:30 am – 11:45 am TOD Transformations and Complete Neighborhoods
    [Location: Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) – 201]

    • Many cities are creating transformative plans for neighborhoods around transit — both pre-existing and new transit extensions. See how Oakland, California, and Honolulu are reinvigorating commercial corridors through mixed use development focused on retail and complete streets.

Monday 4/20

  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Awards Luncheon
    [Location: Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) – 6ABC]

    • Celebrate the best of planning with featured speaker Julián Castro, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Under his leadership, HUD is working to give all people, regardless of their station in life, new opportunities to thrive. Listen as he shares his vision for HUD and the nation’s communities.

Thanks also to our sponsors Dewberry, VHB, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and Nitsch Engineering.
Celebrate Our Award-Winning E-Bulletin and Branding Efforts

The APA Sustainable Communities Division will be receiving two awards during the APA and AICP Annual Meeting and Leadership Honors Ceremony. The E-Bulletin Award recognizes our efforts to share relevant and interesting information to our members. The APA President bestows one Branding Award per year to one division and one chapter recognizing efforts to communicate through one brand, telling the planning story with a strong and unified voice.

Tuesday, 4/21
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. APA and AICP Annual Meeting and Leadership Honors Ceremony
At the 2015 APA and AICP Annual Meeting and Leadership Honors Ceremony, exceptional achievements by APA leaders and aspiring student planners will be recognized, questions will be taken from members, and the gavel will be passed to the new Presidents of APA and AICP.

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See you April 18-21, 2015 in Seattle, WA!


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