e-Bulletin for 03/08/2018

In this issue:

  • Build House in Your L.A. Backyard
  • Can You Build An Entire Town Off-the-grid?
  • And more!

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e-Bulletin for 02/22/2018

In this issue:

  • Density’s Next Frontier – The Suburbs
  • World Bank, GEF Lanch Urban Sustainability Framework
  • And more!

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e-Bulletin for 02/08/2018

In this issue:

  • Disaster Resilience Cost-Benefit
  • How to Build Aging-friendly Communities
  • And more!

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e-Bulletin for 01/25/2018

In this issue:

  • Cape Town’s Water Crisis
  • New Tools for Street Designers
  • And more!

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EcoDistricts Foundations Course + Workshop

SCD is co-hosting this EcoDistricts training as a shoulder program for NPC18.


Friday, April 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT
Tulane ByWater Institute, 1370 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
CM | 6.50

Event Overview

The EcoDistricts Foundation Course will immerse attendees in the approach and tools to create EcoDistricts, a unique standard for urban and community development that puts equity, resilience, and climate protection at the heart of every decision.

The course is hosted by EcoDistricts and APA’s Sustainable Communities Division as a shoulder program for NPC18. The course is open to APA members in addition to the New Orleans community.

This course is for planners, architects, developers, community development professionals, and municipal leaders seeking to advance their skills, apply the EcoDistricts standard, and/or become an EcoDistricts Accredited Professional.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an in-depth overview of EcoDistricts Certified — the world’s first comprehensive framework to guide urban and community development — from planning to implementation.
  • Learn about key issues and best practices influencing neighborhood sustainability — including resiliency, equity, green infrastructure, placemaking, and community health.
  • Explore inspiring case studies, including the first set of projects committed to EcoDistricts Certified.
  • Be prepared to take the EcoDistricts Accredited Professional exam, the first credential demonstrating a commitment to creating sustainable, equitable neighborhoods.

Training Staff

  • Edward Hill, EcoDistricts AP, Director of Advisory Services, EcoDistricts
  • Eliot Allen, LEED AP-ND, EcoDistricts AP

e-Bulletin for 01/11/2018

In this issue:

  • Message From the New Division Chair
  • NOAA 2017 US Disaster Report
  • And more!

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Announcing our Second Annual Student Essay Contest


The Sustainable Communities Division is welcoming submissions for its annual 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.

  • First place: One undergraduate student and one graduate student will receive awards of $250 each.
  • Second Place: One undergraduate student and one graduate will receive awards of $150 each.
Essays may be on any subject that address items in the APA’s Sustainability Policy Framework through a planning perspective. (You can review the framework at https://planning-org-uploaded-media.s3.amazonaws.com/document/Sustainability-Policy-Framework.pdf )
All submissions are due by Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5:00pm Pacific Time, and winners will be recognized at the Sustainable Communities Division’s Reception at the 2018 APA National Conference in New Orleans, LA.

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