Webinars

APA-SCD Webinar #13

“Measuring the Benefits of Trees: The Green Streets Lawrence Health Impact Assessment”

HIA webinar

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (Eastern Time)
1.25 CM (Live viewing only)

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The physical environment in which we live is an important determinant of human health. Green infrastructure elements such as street trees can play an important role in the mental health, physical activity, and social interaction of residents. In 2016, Massachusetts planners and members of the American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division partnered with Groundwork Lawrence on a volunteer service project to measure the health benefits of the Green Streets Program. This program’s goal is to plant 2,400 trees throughout the City of Lawrence over a 3-year period. To promote the program and achieve this goal, APA-SCD worked collaboratively with Groundwork Lawrence and residents in Lawrence to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to analyze the potential health benefits of street tree planting in the City. Throughout the project, the APA-SCD team documented their steps to ensure this process could be replicated by planners in any community around the country. The result was a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the physical, environmental, and social impacts of street tree planting in Lawrence. Speakers will provide an overview of the Green Streets Program HIA process, and a summary of findings, recommendations, and the resources that were developed by the APA-SCD team to achieve the Green Streets Program goals. This webinar is co-presented by the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA).
Presenters:
  • Angela Vincent, AICP
  • Neil Angus, AICP CEP, LEED AP BD+C & ND
  • Brad Buschur
Presentation slides (Available after the event)
Webinar recording (Available after the event)

 

APA-SCD Webinar #12

Friday, July 21, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
1.5 CM (Live viewing only)

“Making Communities More Resilient Through Local Mitigation Planning”

This webinar seeks to strengthen the ties between hazard mitigation planning and other local planning and regulatory land-use processes. It introduces hazard mitigation as a vital area of practice for planners and provides practical steps on how to integrate hazard mitigation strategies into local plans, including comprehensive and functional plans. It also shows where hazard mitigation can fit into zoning and subdivision codes. Best practices and practical applications, including the APA Safe Growth Audit, are provided. The presenters have valuable experience at both the national and local levels and can offer a variety of effective strategies and methods on incorporating mitigation into local plans.
Presenters:
  • Shannon Burke, MSUS
  • Lawrence Frank, MRP, CFM
  • Allison Hardin, CFM

 

APA-SCD Webinar #11

Friday, March 17, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern Time)
1.5 CM (Live viewing only)

“A Dozen Tools for Accelerating Local Sustainability Leadership”

Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities, where built environment decisions endure for decades, impacting social and economic prospects for generations. In response, a new class of sustainability appraisal tools has emerged that gauge equity, resiliency, and resource efficiency at neighborhood, city, and urban component scales. These tools can provide stakeholders with inclusive and transparent systems that support and accelerate local leadership on critical issues of sustainability. In the face of a faltering national commitment, the use and advocacy of these tools by communities takes on even greater significance and urgency.
The webinar will examine major U.S. tools for assessing the sustainability of neighborhoods, cities, and their components, including: 2030 Districts, APA Sustaining Places, EcoDistricts Protocol, Enterprise Green Communities, Envision for infrastructure, LEED for Neighborhoods, LEED for Cities & Communities, Living Community Challenge, STAR Community, Sustainable SITES, and WELL District. Each tool will be reviewed in terms of assessment scope, intended users, rating procedure, costs, and output. And a set of evaluation criteria will be presented for judging and selecting the best tools for community and neighborhood needs.
Presenter:
  • Eliot Allen, LEED AP-ND, EcoDistricts AP – Instructor at Transformative Tools

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the value of urban sustainability assessment
  2. Recognizing the qualities of an appraisal tool
  3. Learning the range of available tools
  4. Knowing how to select a tool

APA-SCD Webinar #10

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)
“Division Overview and Opportunities to Get Involved”

Curious about what SCD does, and how you can be more involved? Join us for a webinar to learn about ongoing and upcoming APA Sustainable Communities Division activities. Division Chair Scott Turner, Sustainability Champions Coordinator Anne Miller, and others will provide an overview of initiatives, discuss leadership/volunteer opportunities, and answer your questions!
Presenters:
  •  Scott Turner, SCD Chair
  • Anne Miller, Sustainability Champions Coordinator
  • Scott Southall, Sustainability Champion from Kentucky
  • Stephanie Weigel, SCD E-Bulletin Coordinator
  • Jenny Koch, Past Secretary-Treasurer

 


APA-SCD Webinar #9

November 17, 2016

“Living Communities”

In this webinar, we will explore The Living Community Challenge (LCC), a new design framework developed by the International Living Future Institute (the Institute), which seeks to lead the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative. The LCC is a certification program, as well as a planning and design philosophy that starts by raising the question, “What does good look like?”

The LCC is applicable to new or existing communities, whether new master plans or existing neighborhoods. We will also explore the LCC companion tool—Living Community Patterns (PDF) that arose in part from the research partnership with the San Francisco Planning Department (Living Community Patterns – Exploratory Strategies for a Sustainable San Francisco). An audience Q&A will conclude the webinar.

Presenters:

  • Alicia Daniels Uhlig – Living Community Challenge + Policy Director
  • Scott T. Edmondson, AICP – Strategic Sustainability Planner-Economist, Information & Analysis / Citywide Planning Group, San Fransisco Planning Department

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Living Community Challenge sustainability principles
  2. Describe each design performance area
  3. Explore the power of the “Patterns” approach to planning and designing Living Communities
  4. Discuss how the Living Community Challenge and Patterns may be used in practice

Audience: Whether you are a Planner, Project Manager, Sustainability Consultant, part of a Neighborhood Association/Development Authority, or work for a Chamber of Commerce or municipality you will gain an understanding of how to adapt this enhanced understanding of sustainable community planning to your own practice and neighborhood-scale projects.

Webinar recording (YouTube)

Presentation slides are unavailable for this webinar.


APA-SCD Webinar #8

July 15, 2016

“Regenerative Urbanism Rising: Next-Generation Practice”

This webcast characterizes the current sustainability challenge as a necessary pivot from ad-hoc greening and net negative mitigation to net positive, regenerative urban planning across multiple scales. These new places will form a fundamental, operational part of a new ecological (sustainable) economy, which further underlines their importance. This pivot is already “in play” through innovation occurring across the planning, design, and build professions. Two practice cases will illustrate this pivot. Participants will gain the understanding and resources needed to begin exploring the potential and advance the innovation and practice of next-generation regenerative urban planning in their own cities. The first case is the innovative, turnkey, revenue-generating, integrated utility system (IUS) which is one method of implementing the Restorative City Standard (RCS). The RCS is a whole systems framework used to formulate strategies to achieve city goals that go beyond ad-hoc or net zero sustainability—that would achieve the systems performance imperatives of restorative, net positive, urban sustainability. This approach illustrates the higher value arising from a whole systems approach to engineering and urban planning. This breakthrough innovation will be described further with a study prepared for San Francisco’s Central SoMa Area Plan and EcoDistrict. The second case is that of planning and designing high-performance places across multiple scales, from the building, to the district, to the city and region. This case will illustrate a “toolkit” of old, new, and emerging concepts and practices. The presentation will illustrate how a range of the familiar components of good urbanism and the ecological city, including green infrastructure, can be integrated in an approach that creates higher economic value and placemaking quality that could not be realized otherwise, and that is cost neutral and therefore financially feasible. The toolkit will be illustrated with EcoDistrict projects in Portland (OR), the U.S., and Japan.

Presenters:

  • Scott T. Edmondson, AICP – Strategic Sustainability Planner-Economist, Information & Analysis / Citywide Planning Group, San Fransisco Planning Department
  • Joshua Foss – President, The Ecala Group
  • Charles Kelley, AIA – Associate Partner, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP

Presentation slides (PDF)

Webinar recording (YouTube)


APA-SCD Webinar #7

May 13, 2016

“Local Government Sustainability: Practices and Promises”

We all say we want sustainability, but what is actually being done on the ground? The recently released results of the 2015 Local Government Sustainability Practices Survey tell us about priorities, policies, and drivers of local sustainability across all three dimensions – environmental protection, social equity, and economic development. It looks at who is working on these issues and the barriers they face. The survey (which collected 1,899 responses) is a joint project of ICMA, the Sustainable Communities and Small Town and Rural Planning Divisions of the American Planning Association, Binghamton University, and Cornell University. This webinar will give an overview of the results of the survey and will begin to elaborate on how the results could influence how we plan. Representatives from two local governments will reflect on their own experiences with sustainability and discuss how they have moved their communities forward. Tompkins County, NY, has just released an Energy Road Map to achieve a lower carbon footprint. The City of Tucson, AZ, has a Sustainability Program that works to advance the core priorities of livability and resilience, fiscal stewardship, and good governance. Join the webinar to share ideas and learn more about the current state of the practice!

Presenters:

  • Dr. Mildred E. Warner – Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Dr. George C. Homsy, AICP – Department of Public Administration, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
  • Ed Marx, AICP – Commissioner of Planning, Tompkins County, New York
  • Leslie Ethen – Director, Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development, City of Tucson, Arizona

Presentation slides (PDF)

Webinar recording (YouTube)


APA-SCD Webinar #6

February 26, 2016

“Award Winning Sustainability”

Winning isn’t everything, but we can often learn a lot from plans, programs, and projects that have been deemed worthy of an award. In this session, speakers representing four winners of SCD’s 2015 Awards for Excellence in Sustainability will demonstrate how communities can function more sustainably. Our speakers will showcase four very different projects. Neil Angus will discuss the Devens Sustainable Housing Pilot Project, a completed project that won the Sustainable Development Project Award. Rhonda Fast will discuss the Crystal Springs Creek Habitat Restoration Projects, which won the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Open Space Project award. Justin Golbabai will give an overview of the City of Austin Neighborhood Partnering Program, the Leadership in Sustainability winner. John Zeanah will discuss the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan, the winner of the Sustainable Law, Policy or Plan award. From completed projects to examples of community partnerships and plans, these case studies will give you some ideas of innovative thinking about sustainability at all scales and in very different locations.

Presenters: 

  • Neil Angus – Environmental Planner, Devens Enterprise Commission
  • Ronda Fast – Environmental Program Coordinator, City of Portland Environmental Services
  • Justin Golbabai, MPA, AICP, CNU-A – Neighborhood Partnering Program Manager, City of Austin Public Works Department
  • John Zeanah, AICP – Administrator, Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability

Presentation slides (PDF)

Webinar recording (YouTube)


APA-SCD Webinar #5

December 14, 2015

“APA Sustainable Communities Division – Division Overview and Volunteer Opportunities”

Curious about what SCD does, and how you can be more involved? Check out this webinar to learn about ongoing and upcoming Sustainable Communities Division activities. Division Chair Scott Turner and Secretary-Treasurer Jenny Koch provide an overview of Division efforts, discuss volunteer opportunities, and answer questions!

Presenters: 

  • Scott D. Turner, PE, AICP, LEED AP ND – SCD Chair; Director of Planning, Nitsch Engineering
  • Jenny Koch, AICP – SCD Secretary-Treasurer; Associate Planner, Rhodeside & Harwell

Presentation slides (PDF)

Webinar recording (YouTube)


APA-SCD Webinar #4

October 23, 2015

“Smart Cities and Decision-Making: The Art of Building a Better Haystack with Data”

Cities are built by decisions. Great cities are built by great decision makers. As people who plan, manage and shape the cities we live in, it is vital that we consider where our decisions come from, and what they’re made of. If you think of public data like a building material, the quality of information used to make a decision is reflected in how that decision affects quality of life. With an exponentially-increasing ability to capture data, the excitement swirling around smart cities and open civic data sources has grown to gold rush levels. But, there’s a problem: Turning all that great information into actionable insights takes time and resources that aren’t always available. In this webinar, Nick Bowden, from mySidewalk by MindMixer, and Fred Merril, member of the Sasaki leadership team, with the help of research, case studies and experience, will explore the changing trends in technology, the art of layering community feedback with quantifiable data to tell a story and, most importantly, how to use data to make better, impactful decisions for the future of your community. Joining Nick and Fred will be Rob Kerns, former Chair of the APA Sustainable Communities Division, who will discuss the APA Smart Cities and Sustainability Initiative. The Initiative, collaboration between the Sustainable Communities, Technology, and Transportation Planning Divisions of APA, acknowledges the critical need for planners to understand evolving technologies and innovations and incorporate them into the field in ways that lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more resilient cities.

Presenters: 

  • Rob Kerns, AICP – Development Division Chief, City of Alexandria (and former Chair of SCD)
  • Nick Bowden – Chief Engagement Officer, mySidewalk by MindMixer
  • Fred Merrill, FAICP – Principal, Sasaki
  • Ken Goulding – Principal, Sasaki

Presentation slides (PDF) – COMING SOON

Webinar recording (YouTube)


APA-SCD Webinar #3

August 21, 2015

“Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Sustainable Comprehensive Planning”

This webinar will discuss the central role of comprehensive plans in creating sustainable communities and share a set of best practices and experiences with planning at the local level. Drawing from APA’s recent PAS report, “Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans,” David Rouse, Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services with APA, will discuss the four years of research that led to this latest publication. He will also give an overview of the report, which defines the comprehensive plan standards for sustaining places, provides a collection of best practices, presents a process for applying the standards, and explores trends affecting the practice of comprehensive planning. Joining David are Patrice Carroll, Senior Planner for the City of Seattle, and Matthew Dugan, Development Services Process Coordinator for the City of Austin. As representatives from communities who helped to develop and test the Sustaining Places comprehensive plan standards and scoring system, they will share their experiences and lessons learned.

Presenters:

  • David Rouse, APA Managing Director of Research and Advisory Services
  • Patrice Carroll, Senior Planner, City of Seattle
  • Matthew Dugan, Development Services Process Coordinator, City of Austin

Presentation slides (PDF)

Webinar recording (YouTube)


APA-SCD Webinar #2

May 20, 2015

“Smart Growth and Resilience in Coastal Communities”

Coastal and waterfront communities are challenged to create environmentally and economically sustainable neighborhoods while minimizing risks from natural hazards. How can planning for smart growth and hazard resilience provide mutual benefits? Representatives from NOAA, as well as local partners, will discuss projects, tools, and resources related to the task of planning for both resilience and smart growth in coastal and waterfront communities.

Presenters:

  • Susan Fox – Project Manager and Training Specialist,  Baldwin Group at NOAA
  • Gavin Smith – Associate Research Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of City and Regional Planning; Executive Director, UNC Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters; Executive Director, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence
  • Wendy Goodfriend – Senior Planner, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Presentation slides (PDF)

Webinar recording (YouTube)


APA-SCD Webinar #1

March 26, 2015

“Collaborating for Sustainability Planning”

Communities of all types and sizes are interested in increasing the sustainability of their plans and practices. In this free webinar, sponsored by APA’s Sustainable Communities Division, representatives from Rio Verde, Arizona, and Coconut Creek, Florida, will discuss lessons learned from working with their communities to address all aspects of sustainability (from a healthier environment to a better quality of life to economic stability and growth) through participation in Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program.

Presenters:

  • Joanna Nadeau – Director of Community Programs, Audubon International
  • Sheila Rose – Director, Department of Sustainable Development, Coconut Creek, FL
  • Linda Whitman – Senior Planner, Coconut Creek, FL
  • Sal Celona – Chair, Sustainability Community Alliance, Rio Verde, AZ

Presentation slides (PDF)

Webinar recording (YouTube – recording begins 2 minutes into the webinar)