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Sustainability Champions Program Accepting Nominations / Applications

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Photo: Scott Turner and Anne Miller accepting the Divisions Council Achievement Award for Best Practice on behalf of the Sustainability Champions Program.

 

Nominate / Apply by September 15, 2016

The Sustainability Champions Program is now accepting nominations and applications! Read more about the Program background and the nomination / application process.

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2016 Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability Announced

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American Planning Association – Sustainable Communities Division Announces the Winners of the Third Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability.

Phoenix, AZ- April 4, 2016 – The American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) announced the third annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability at the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The awards honor project, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities. The SCD supports planners who are committed to planning for sustainable communities by integrating all aspects of sustainability into their work through the combined economic, social, and ecological factors that shape communities.

In partnership with the International and Urban Design and Preservation Divisions, the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability have expanded to an international audience, with nominations coming in from across the globe. The winners represent extraordinary achievements in 7 Sustainable Planning categories.

More information about the winning projects and program background.

APA National Planning Conference Series – Advancing Sustainability Panel Discussion

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 – 8:30 PM; networking reception to follow (8:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
555 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Join us for an evening with several local experts who will discuss the future of sustainability and resilience in Phoenix and nationally. Brief presentations by each speaker will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion. All are invited to join for a networking reception after the event.

Read More about event location, distinguished speakers, and registration method.

APA Sustainable Communities Division – Student Essay Contest

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Submit your essay by February 27, 2016

The Sustainable Communities Division is welcoming submissions for its first ever student essay contest. The contest aims to recognize and foster the academic excellence of university students pursuing studies in fields related to sustainable community planning. One undergraduate student and one graduate student will receive an award of $250 each for essays on any subject that address items in the APA’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places through a planning perspective. Winners will be recognized at the APA conference in Phoenix.

We are seeking judges for the student essay contest. Interested? Please express your interest to Mark Teschauer at markteschauer@gmail.com by February 20.

Read more about the submission requirements, review process and criteria.

The 3rd Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

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Apply by February 29, 2016

The Sustainable Communities Division, in partnership with the International and Urban Design & Preservation Divisions, is pleased to announce the call for nominees for the 3rd Annual Excellence in Sustainability Awards.  These awards honor projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations who are dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities.  Read more about awards categories and the application process.

Announcing the 2nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

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Representing a diverse range of experiences and industries but, possessing a shared attitude — a passion for sustainability and its rewards for our future, the American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Division, in partnership with the International and Urban Design and Preservation Divisions are proud to announce the Second Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability.  The awards honor projects, plans, policies, individuals and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities.  The 2015 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability  categories:

  • Sustainable Development Project
  • Sustainable Building Project
  • Sustainable Park, Recreation or Open Space Project
  • Green Infrastructure or Transportation Project
  • Sustainable Policy, Law or Plan
  • Sustainable Urban Design or  Preservation Plan or Project
  • Emerging Leader’s Sustainability Plan or Project
  • Leadership in Sustainability

Nominations will be judged by leaders in the field of sustainability.  And, awards will be presented at Sustainability Division, Urban Design and Preservation Division and International Division joint annual meeting and reception on Sunday, April 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. during the 2015 National Conference of the American Planning Association in Seattle.  The awards ceremony will be held at Pikes Place Market in the Economy Market building.  Award recipients will receive a formal award and be featured in the three divisions’ promotional materials throughout the year.

Award nominations will be accepted from January 27th to March 16, 2015.  The 2015 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability application is available online in PDF or Microsoft Word formats, by e-mailing APASustainabilityAwards@gmail.com or calling Becky Bradley, AICP, at 610-264-4544.

Sign Up for SCD’s New Mentorship Program!

Are you a student or young professional looking for guidance as you begin your career, or are you an experienced professional who’s looking to make a positive contribution to the profession? Then consider joining SCD’s new Mentorship Program!
The Mentorship Program aims to promote professional development amongst the Division’s junior members by pairing them with more senior members experienced in sustainability planning fields. All members of the Division are eligible to participate in this nine month-program, which will kick-off during our Conference Reception on Sunday, April 27th in Atlanta. Mentors and mentees are expected to schedule monthly phone calls or in-person meetings, and matches will be made on the basis of availability, areas of interest, employment sectors, and location.
If you are interested in participating, please complete one of the following forms relevant to your status by Friday, April 4th at 5 PM EDT:
  • Mentor (experienced professional)
  • Mentee (student or young professional)
For more information, please contact Mark Teschauer at markteschauer@gmail.com.