e-Bulletin for 05/17/2018

In this issue:

  • Philippine Planning for A Pollution-free City
  • California’s Cybersecurity Vision
  • And more!

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e-Bulletin for 05/03/2018

In this issue:

  • Dallas’ New Bike-share Ordinance
  • Transportation Spending in Transit-rich Neighborhoods
  • And more!

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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

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e-Bulletin for 04/19/2018

In this issue:

  • New Satellites Helping Catch Disaster Insurance Fraudsters
  • Land Conservancies in Cities
  • And more!

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e-Bulletin for 04/05/2018

In this issue:

  • Miami’s Teacher Apartments at the School
  • Chicago and Indianapolis Exploring User-centric Urban Design
  • And more!

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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
  • Registerplanning.org/events/nationalconferenceactivity/9145641/
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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.


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.


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


e-Bulletin for 03/22/2018

In this issue:

  • California Housing Crisis Spilling Across Its Borders
  • Ten Ways Your City Can Go Solar
  • And more!

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