Sustainability Champions

The Sustainable Communities Division has launched a pilot initiative called the Sustainability Champions Program. Our ultimate goal is to have a Sustainability Champion in each state/regional APA chapter. These Champions will form a national Sustainability Champions Network, which will be a resource for planners nationwide, and will have the scale and weight to influence the national discourse on sustainability. Champions will also keep SCD aware of emerging best practices at the local level in an effort to replicate success stories and limit failures.

Locally, Champions will promote sustainability within their chapters, perhaps by joining or instigating the development of sustainability committees, and networking with like-minded community leaders and colleagues in the allied professions (e.g., landscape architecture, architecture, engineering, etc.).

As this is a pilot program, in many ways its direction is up to the first wave of Champions and their passions and creativity.

Please visit the Sustainability Champions page for more information about the current Champions and their work.



APA Sustainable Communities Division hosts a series of webinars in which we invite experienced professionals to talk about their work around sustainable planning, engineering, and development. Please visit the Webinars page for more information about incoming webinars, as well as the presentations and recording of previous webinars.


Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

The Awards for Excellence in Sustainability is an annual program that aims to honor projects, plans, policies, individuals and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities. Each year, the award winners are announced during the annual National Planning Conference.

Please check back, or subscribe to the e-bulletin to receive a notification when the call for nominations is posted.



Why Volunteer? –

  • Expand your professional network
  • Contribute to knowledge about best practices
  • Work with national leaders
  • Build your resume
  • Fun!

Division Volunteer Opportunities –

  • Awards for Excellence in Sustainability
  • Essay contest
  • Conference activities
  • Sustainability Champions program
  • Website updates
  • Original material for blog, newsletter