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Sustainability Champions Program Accepting Nominations / Applications


Photo: Scott Turner and Anne Miller accepting the Divisions Council Achievement Award for Best Practice on behalf of the Sustainability Champions Program.


Nominate / Apply by September 15, 2016

The Sustainability Champions Program is now accepting nominations and applications! Read more about the Program background and the nomination / application process.

Call for Secretary-Treasurer Candidates

The APA Sustainable Communities Division will elect a new Secretary-Treasurer in August. This is an exciting opportunity for you to consider stepping forward to serve and help lead one of APA’s newest and most vibrant Divisions. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 3rd, 2016. On top of lending your skills to the responsibilities listed below, serving in this position allows you to grow your professional network, gives you the capability to directly influence the Division’s activities, and have the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders in the sustainability planning field.

For more detail, please visit the information page.

More information on APA Division elections here.

2016 Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability Announced



American Planning Association – Sustainable Communities Division Announces the Winners of the Third Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability.

Phoenix, AZ- April 4, 2016 – The American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) announced the third annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability at the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The awards honor project, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities. The SCD supports planners who are committed to planning for sustainable communities by integrating all aspects of sustainability into their work through the combined economic, social, and ecological factors that shape communities.

In partnership with the International and Urban Design and Preservation Divisions, the 2016 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability have expanded to an international audience, with nominations coming in from across the globe. The winners represent extraordinary achievements in 7 Sustainable Planning categories.

More information about the winning projects and program background.

APA National Planning Conference Series – Reception and the 3rd Annual Excellence in Sustainability Awards

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
DeSoto Central Market, Phoenix, AZ

Please join us for a Reception hosted by the Sustainable Communities Division, Urban Design & Preservation Division, International Division, and the New Urbanism Division.

Read More about event details.

APA National Planning Conference Series – Advancing Sustainability Panel Discussion

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 – 8:30 PM; networking reception to follow (8:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
555 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Join us for an evening with several local experts who will discuss the future of sustainability and resilience in Phoenix and nationally. Brief presentations by each speaker will be followed by a facilitated panel discussion. All are invited to join for a networking reception after the event.

Read More about event location, distinguished speakers, and registration method.

Sponsoring the Sustainable Communities Division!

The APA Sustainable Communities Division supports planners who are committed to integrating all aspects of sustainability into their work through the combined economic, social, and ecological factors that shape our communities.

Sponsorship Benefits 2016-2017

Your organization’s sponsorship of the Sustainable Communities Division provides you with direct access to thousands of planners who are interested in being at the forefront of their profession! Your benefits, outlined in the document linked below, include recognition in our bi-annual newsletter and biweekly e-bulletin, as well as your logo displayed on our blog and our official website. Benefits also include recognition at all Division-sponsored events.

Read more details.

APA Sustainable Communities Division – Student Essay Contest

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Submit your essay by February 27, 2016

The Sustainable Communities Division is welcoming submissions for its first ever 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. One undergraduate student and one graduate student will receive an award of $250 each for essays on any subject that address items in the APA’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places through a planning perspective. Winners will be recognized at the APA conference in Phoenix.

We are seeking judges for the student essay contest. Interested? Please express your interest to Mark Teschauer at markteschauer@gmail.com by February 20.

Read more about the submission requirements, review process and criteria.