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.
The Sustainable Communities Division will announce the call for nominees for the 5th Annual Excellence in Sustainability Awards in late 2017 or early 2018. Please check back, or subscribe to the e-bulletin to receive a notification when the call for nominations is posted. You can read about the awards categories and the application process from the 2017 awards in this information packet.
- 2015 – Winners of The 2nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability
- 2016 – Winners of The 3rd Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability
- 2017 – Winners of The 4th Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability
Why Volunteer? –
- Expand your professional network
- Contribute to knowledge about best practices
- Work with national leaders
- Build your resume
Division Volunteer Opportunities –
- Awards for Excellence in Sustainability
- Essay contest
- Conference activities
- Sustainability Champions program
- Website updates
- Original material for blog, newsletter