Upcoming Webinars

APA-SCD WEBINAR #24: “Regenerative Urban Developments Are Changing Planning”

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 pm ET

REGISTER HERE: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EE50DF8687493C

With cities and the built environment being the spatial dimension of our economy, the way the built environment is planned and designed fundamentally determines urban sustainability performance levels for the next 50 to 100 years, before replacement at the end of the useful life.

Regenerative urbanism plays a formative role in creating a circular economy of inclusive abundance that is the necessary material basis for sustainable and equitable cities and society. Our routine approach to sustainability only slows the rate of impact with net-negative mitigation.

Regenerative urbanism eliminates impacts at their source and produces inclusive abundance. This is accomplished with ongoing innovation focused on achieving the imperatives of sustainable regenerative systems performance.

The session panelists share and discuss their research and studies on projects in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Canada, and other cities. These multiple projects are pursuing certifications such as Living Community Challenge (Sacramento Valley Station Master Plan), One Planet (Zibi Community, Ottawa, Canada), San Francisco Ecodistrict, etc., to inform and establish the absolutely necessary game-changing rules of 21st century urbanism.

This session was originally organized for, and completed at, NPC 2019 in San Francisco.


  • Learn about the collaboration, buy-in, and political leadership required to make the transformational change beyond sustainability to regenerative urbanism.
  • Discover programs, initiatives, and pilot projects that are underway, and define the policy changes needed for 21st century regenerative cities.
  • Examine the challenges and aspirations of different rating systems, such as Living Community Challenge, One Planet, Biophilic Cities, San Francisco’s Ecodistrict, and Well.


Scott Edmondson, AICP, is a Senior Planner-Economist at SF Planning (long-range division) with over 33-years of leadership providing complex strategic decision support to senior management. His current work advances the emerging practice of integrative urban systems planning and its two components: (1) the long-range planning information system needed for 21st century challenges; (2) a regenerative strategic approach to sustainability planning. In 1997, he was an advisor and economy co-lead on the San Francisco Sustainability Plan. In 2011, he was the founding Director of the local APA Sustainability Committee. In 2015, he was a first-cohort sustainability champion of the APA Sustainable Communities Division. At SF Planning he leads initiatives in strategic sustainability, regenerative urbanism, and biophilic city planning. In 2015, he completed a report entitled “Living Community Patterns–exploratory strategies for a sustainable San Francisco, which won a local APA Merit Award in the category of innovation in green community planning. In April 2018, he initiated and completed a consultant report–Regenerative City San Francisco–that tested the difference a regenerative approach can make. He now leads the development of a modern long-range planning information system. He has an MA from UCLA (Urban Planning) and a BA from UCB (Development Studies).

Kirstin Weeks is a Building Ecology Specialist at Arup with more than 15 years of experience in sustainability consulting. She champions the San Francisco office’s Net Positive Design initiative, and specializes in integration of ecological function in the built environment. Kirstin works with interdisciplinary teams to create built environments that work like ecosystems, eliminating waste as a concept and supporting biophilic wellness, biodiversity, regeneration and reliance on renewable resources. Her project experience extends from sustainability leadership on mixed use and corporate master plans, arts, civic, academic, and industrial projects to policy and plan development, research and cost-benefit studies.

Geeti Silwal, AICP, leads the western region Cities+Sites discipline of Perkins+Will with a strong belief in the role of urban designers/planners as advocates of healthy cities to inspire integrated, multi-purpose solutions of innovation and beauty in regenerative urban environments that promote healthy living. In her position as the chair of the Water Lab of Perkins+Will, she is passionately engaged in developing zero-waste solutions at building, district and city scale. Her original research called the ‘Resource Infinity Loop’, address multiple global issues of water scarcity, food security, climate change and social equity through the reuse of urban wastewater for urban agriculture.

Greg Taylor has been instrumental in many projects shaping the development of the Sacramento Central City. Over a 5-year period he was responsible for three urban design documents totaling more than 1,200 acres of central city redevelopment. The River District Specific Plan & Design Guidelines were recognized with the 2011 APA California Comprehensive Planning Award and the 2011 Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Blueprint Excellence Award. His leadership on the award winning Sacramento Valley Station building renovation and the subsequent Master Plan which has the project registered for what could be one of the first Living Community Challenge master plan projects in the nation.

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