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APA SCD Statement: Building Sustainable Communities through Action and Equity

The Executive Committee of the Sustainable Communities Division of the American Planning Association (APA SCD) is heartbroken by the senseless killing of George Floyd and many others before him, and the immense pain inflicted on the black community, which continues to suffer from the insidious and blatant effects of structural racism nationwide. We strongly support those who have advanced our community dialogue through activism. Racism is an ongoing issue in American communities and demands sustained action for meaningful, substantive, and immediate change. As planners, it is our responsibility to serve each and every member of our communities equitably and treat all persons with human dignity and respect. This is an essential element of truly sustainable communities. It is particularly important for us to advocate for those who do not have a voice or are otherwise unable to participate in the process of community building—one that is equitable for all.

APA has been proactively working to place equity as a keystone consideration in all planning processes, from the ethical principles that undergird the professional practice of planning articulated in the AICP Code of Ethics to developing and promoting our landmark Planning for Equity Policy Guide last year. As an extension of APA’s efforts, APA SCD will continue to work toward improving the resiliency of our cities and towns and collaborating on innovative approaches to sustainable and equitable planning which improve the lives of all Americans.

As our division prepares for a broader strategic planning effort this summer, we will reach out to our membership to identify how we can make measured progress towards these ends—progress which is vital to America’s future. As a division whose mission is to advance sustainable communities, we are committed to using our voice and our resources to advance this discussion. APA SCD encourages and welcomes collaborations with other Divisions on this topic to collectively grow our understanding.

—APA Sustainable Communities Division Executive Committee

Updated Bylaws – Available for Comments

The Division’s bylaws amendments are available for comment and will be voted upon at the annual business meeting on Thursday, March 28th … where we will take an interactive poll vote for ratification.

Please take a look at the draft bylaws and provide any comments/suggestions on the form below over the next two weeks by Thursday, May 28, 2020

Announcing the Winners of the Seventh Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability!

The American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) is pleased to announce the winners of the seventh annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability. The awards honor projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting sustainable communities.

The winners represent extraordinary achievements in eight Sustainable Planning categories. The categories and winners are:

 

Community Plan: City of Pittsburgh, EcoInnovation District Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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Municipal, State, or Regional Plan: Department of Energy & Environment and the DC Office of Planning, Sustainable DC 2.0 (Washington, District of Columbia)

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Policy, Law, or Tool: Utile, Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines (Boston, Massachusetts)

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Energy Plan or Project: BuroHappold Engineering & HEET, GeoMicroDistrict Feasibility Study (Massachusetts)

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Green Infrastructure Plan or Project: Meyer Studio Land Architects, Heartwood Greenway System (Omaha, Nebraska)

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Park, Recreation, or Open Space Plan or Project: Parks and Recreation Department, Our Parks, Our Future: Austin Parks & Recreation Long Range Plan (Austin, Texas)

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Urban Design Plan or Development Project: ReMake Group, Hazelwood Green Preliminary Land Development Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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Leadership in Sustainability: City of West Hollywood, California (West Hollywood, California)

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7th Annual Awards For Excellence in Sustainability

APA-SCD is excited to announce that the nomination period for the 2020 Awards is now open! 

The Sustainable Communities Division Awards for Excellence in Sustainability is an annual program that honors projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations dedicated to supporting sustainable communities. Each year, the award winners are announced during the annual National Planning Conference.

Entries are accepted through 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

For more information, please visit the Awards page.

Upcoming Awards Webinars

2019 winners

The SCD’s annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability honors projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities. The 2020 awards process will be announced in early November 2019.

To kick everything off, we will be hosting two webinars with speakers representing four of the 2019 Award-winning teams. On each webinar, we will also provide an overview of the 2020 awards process.

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Announcing the Winners of the Sixth Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability!

The APA Sustainable Communities Division announced the winners of the sixth annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability at the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco. The awards honor projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting sustainable communities.

The winners represent extraordinary achievements in six Sustainable Planning categories. The categories and winners are:

Community Sustainability or Resilience Plan: City of Cleveland, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, 2018 Cleveland Climate Action Plan: Building Thriving and Resilient Neighborhoods for All (Cleveland, Ohio)

Sustainable Urban Design Plan or Development Project: evolve environment::architecture, Breathe Easy: Millvale Air Quality Planning (Millvale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)

Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Plan or Project: Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles County Master Plan for Sustainable Parks and Recreation: Phase I (County of Los Angeles, California)

Sustainable Green Infrastructure Plan or Project: City of Colorado Springs and Felsburg Holt & Ullevig, Envision Shooks Run (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Sustainable Policy, Law, or Tool: City of Norfolk, Building a Better Norfolk: A Zoning Ordinance for the 21st Century (Norfolk, Virginia)

Leadership in Sustainability: Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) Program, Center for Communities by Design, American Institute of Architects (Washington, DC)

 

March 26 Webinar: Re-shaping Urban Environments for Disruptive Transport

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What will be the future of our city streets and landscapes in an era of disruptive transport? Join SCD on March 26 (1-2pm ET) to review the concept design of streets in an autonomous future; examine implications for intersections and districts; and consider opportunities for policy, as well as public and private actions. More information and registration on the Webinars page.

 

 

Call For Nominations: Sixth Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

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We are excited to announce that the nomination period for the Sixth Annual SCD Awards for Excellence in Sustainability is now open! 

The APA Sustainable Communities Division Awards for Excellence in Sustainability is an annual program that honors projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations dedicated to supporting sustainable communities. Each year, the award winners are announced during the annual National Planning Conference.

We have updated this year’s process to utilize a web form. Entries will be accepted November 2, 2018, through 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 11, 2019.

**We provided a brief overview of the 2019 awards program process on an 11/14 webinar. Additional speakers on the webinar discussed four of the 2018 award-winning projects and programs.**

For more information, please visit the Awards page. We look forward to reviewing your nominations!

Announcing the Winners of the Fifth Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability and Student Essay Contest

Today, the Sustainable Communities Division announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability and the student essay contest at the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans. You can download the presentation here [PDF].

Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

The awards honor projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting sustainable communities. The winners represent extraordinary achievements in eight Sustainable Planning categories. The categories and winners are:

Community Sustainability or Resilience Plan: City of Hermosa Beach, PLAN Hermosa – the City of Hermosa Beach’s Integrated General Plan and Local Coastal Program (City of Hermosa Beach, California)

State or Regional Sustainability or Resilience Plan: Thurston Regional Planning Council, Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan: Climate Resilience Actions for Thurston County and South Puget Sound (Olympia, Washington)

Sustainable Policy, Law, or Tool: San Francisco Planning Department & San Francisco Department of the Environment, Better Roofs Ordinance (San Francisco, California)

Sustainable Urban Design Plan or Development Project: City of Meriden, Meriden 2020: A Comprehensive Plan for Downtown Meriden (Meriden, Connecticut)

Sustainable Park, Recreation, or Open Space Project: City of Miramar, Miramar Fruit & Vegetable Garden (Miramar, Florida)

Sustainable Transportation Project: Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro Expo Line Phase 2 (Los Angeles County, California)

Sustainable Green Infrastructure Project: Capital Region Water, Community Greening Plan: A Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan for Harrisburg (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

Leadership in Sustainability: Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Department, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Los Angeles County, California)

 

Student Essay Contest

The annual essay contest aims to recognize and foster the academic excellence of university students pursuing studies in fields related to sustainable community planning. Students may submit essays on any subject that addresses items in the APA’s Sustainability Policy Framework through a planning perspective.

Undergraduate Student Winners

Elena Arakaki

  • From: Whitman College
  • Specialization: Sociology/Environmental Studies
  • Essay: “The Social Relevance of Urban Public Parks.”

Brian Gropp

  • From: University of Georgia
  • Specialization: Geography
  • Essay: “New Urbanism as the Solution to Climate Change.”

 

Graduate Student Winners

Hannah Osman

  • From: Binghamton University
  • Specialization: Public Administration
  • Essay: “Wind Power to Revitalize a Region.”

August Williams-Eynon

  • From: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Specialization: Regional Planning
  • Essay: “The Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan: A New Participatory Model for Climate Change Planning.”

 

To learn more please contact: Matt Bucchin (Division Chair), info_sustain@planning.org

Please subscribe to the SCD e-bulletin to receive updates about the 2019 awards nomination process.

Gentilly: Snapshot of a Sustainable Recovery (NPC 2018 Panel, Awards & Joint Reception)

The Sustainable Communities; Environment, Natural Resources & Energy; and Private Practice Divisions invite you to join us for a three-division special event during the 2018 National Planning Conference in New Orleans!

  • What: Three-Division Panel, Awards Presentation, and Reception
  • When: Monday, April 23, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. CDT
  • Where: Port of New Orleans Administration Building, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place
  • Cost: $20.00
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PLENARY PANEL ON LOCAL RESILIENCE EFFORTS

Gentilly: Snapshot of a Sustainable Recovery

Join us for a panel plenary focused on Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in the Gentilly neighborhood. This locally-based panel and discussion will spotlight a multi-partnered recovery and sustainability effort that is ongoing in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans, at roughly the 10-year mark post Hurricane Katrina. While the public sector has been increasingly involved in Gentilly’s recovery, particularly through the creation of the Gentilly Resilience District and the coordination of federal funds, many other players (including community groups, planning and design professionals, and academic leaders) have been instrumental since the early stages of Gentilly’s response to the devastating storm. The successes that have been achieved in the areas of new green infrastructure and development of new food and housing resources will be considered alongside the emerging challenges of gentrification and capacity building in this diverse area of the city.

Confirmed panelists include an array of local professionals who have a longstanding history of work within the Gentilly District and New Orleans in the public, non-profit, and/or private sectors. Speakers include:

  • Charles E. Allen, III, (Moderator) is the Resilience Outreach Manager for the City of New Orleans’ Office of Resilience and Sustainability. He is also the former Advisor for Coastal and Environmental Affairs to New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu and formerly served as Director of the New Orleans Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs.
  • Karen Parsons, AICP, is a Principal Planner at the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes in SE Louisiana.
  • Oji Alexander is the former Senior Project Manager at Project Home Again, a nonprofit housing and community development organization in New Orleans.
  • Joseph O. Evans, III, is a founding partner of Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture. His work on the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan included Gentilly-specific projects such as the Mirabeau Water Gardens and the London Avenue Wetlands as well as the study “Ecosystem Services Metrics” which focused on the cumulative impacts of small scale stormwater interventions.

EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS & JOINT RECEPTION

Following the panel will be the presentation of the 5th Annual Excellence in Sustainability Awards, other programming, and a three-division reception for the Sustainable Communities; Environment, Natural Resources and Energy; & Private Practice Divisions. The reception will include domestic beer, wine, water, assorted soft drinks and hors d’ouevres consisting of local New Orleans cuisine.

COST

$20 per person includes the panel, awards, and reception (including all food and drink). It is the best deal in town!

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