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Earthfest 2018 – Planning & Youth Engagement

On an unseasonably cold and blustery April day, aspiring planners from the Temple Student Planning Organization (TSPO) – in partnership with APA Pennsylvania’s Southeast Section (APA PA SE) – hosted a booth at Temple University’s EarthFest.  The purpose of this annual event is to teach students about sustainability concepts and promote environmental awareness.  This year, the event honored Dr. Jeffrey Featherstone, founder of the Center for Sustainable Communities and professor in the Department of Planning and Community Development at Temple University.

 

TSPO volunteers led elementary and middle school students in an exercise designed to foster a discussion about planning and encourage them to think about how land can be sustainably developed.  Using an enlarged aerial map of the field in which they were standing, students were asked to guess what the map depicted. With impressive regularity, students correctly identified the location of the aerial.  Next, volunteers led a discussion of various types of development, culminating in students suggesting ideas for developing the field by placing sticky notes on the map. Some of the most compelling responses were “homes but cheap” and “a nature preserve,” though “swimming pool” seems to be the perennial favorite.  The APA brochure What Planners Do was also available at the booth and used to spark discussions with interested chaperones.

Each year, Temple University’s EarthFest provides an opportunity to engage with students and their families about the work that planners do to improve communities.  The participation of TSPO and APA PA SE in this event is a small but meaningful way in which the planning community can promote a greater understanding of the important role planning has in our society.

Certified Stormwater Inspector (Municipal) Training Available in May

The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training in the following locations:

  • Harrisburg, PA on May 7-8, 2018
  • Philadelphia, PA on May 10-11, 2018

Designed specifically for municipal personnel the course offers training and certification to demonstrate, for the record, that inspectors are qualified.

Inspectors who take the course learn:

  •   how to inspect construction, commercial, and industrial, and municipal activities
  •   what to inspect
  •   the limits of their authority
  •   appropriate demeanor
  •   appropriate discretion

They also learn about the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the six Minimum Control Measures, and how to better implement and support their MS4 stormwater program.

Graduates of the Certified Stormwater Inspector course receive certification for 5 years and continuing education units, and ongoing, unlimited support of the National Stormwater Center.  All instructors have stormwater enforcement experience at the Federal or State level.

Registration is available on the website (www.npdes.com) for all classes.

 

Temple CRP – Bicycle Parking Survey

Graduate students of Temple University’s City and Regional Planning Department are conducting a study to better understand bicycle parking demand within Center City Philadelphia for the Bicycle Coalition of Gre ater Philadelphia.

As part of the project, the students have developed a short survey to better understand the use of existing bicycle parking infrastructure and user preferences within the Center City District. Help inform their study by taking the survey here.

To learn more about the project you can visit this recent blog post.

For any questions regarding the project or survey, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Doshna at doshna@temple.edu

April 14: TransportationCamp PHL 2018

Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), WTS, and Drexel’s Lindy Institute are co-hosting TransportationCamp PHL 2018 on April 14. Registration is open at http://transportationcamp.org/events/phl2018/.

TransportationCamp is positioned as “where technology meets transportation.” Transportation of people and products is an issue of increasing importance with direct impacts on economic strength, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Advances in technology such as mobile computing, open source software and APIs, spatial analysis and others presents an opportunity to improve mobility more immediately and at a lower cost than has been possible in the past. TransportationCamp builds connections between disparate innovators in diverse fields including public administration, transportation operations, transportation planning, information design and software engineering.

The inaugural Philadelphia incarnation of the participant-driven TransportationCamp conference series follows an “unconference” format, lending itself to a more pertinent, thought-provoking, and active event. This link shows what exactly an “unconference” is: http://transportationcamp.org/2011/02/how-transportationcamp-works-the-essential-guide/

Questions? Contact transportationcampphl@gmail.com

See the event flyer for more details.

April 20 – Transportation and Tourism

This is a free event. Visit this page to register.

Location: DVRPC, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor

Time: April 20th, 9 AM – 11 AM

AICP CM Credits: 2.0

Many older communities and neighborhoods are home to tourist destinations, like museums, historic sites, arts and cultural venues, or parks and trails, among others. Visiting these sites—whether by car, bus, transit, foot, or bicycle—can often present challenges. The first part of this event will feature speakers familiar with transportation, tourism, and community and economic development. The second part of the event will feature a roundtable discussion where participants can ask peers questions about transportation and tourism, and offer advice based on their own experiences. This event is free and open to the public. It will be of particular interest to planners, community and economic development professionals, transportation professionals, arts/cultural/historic site/museum staff, and tourism/marketing professionals.

Speakers:

Maud Lyon, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Shelley Bernstein, Barnes Foundation

DVRPC’s Strategies for Older Suburbs Roundtable Series highlights challenges older suburbs and downtowns are facing. The Roundtable Series provides a means for networking and exchanging ideas with communities and organizations facing similar concerns.

Agenda

8:30 am – Registration, Light Breakfast, and Networking
9:00 am – Welcome and Introductions
9:15 am – Presentations
10:00 am – Q&A Panel Discussion
10:15 am – Roundtable Discussion Discuss with your peers and colleagues

Feb 20 – MS City and Regional Planning, Temple University Information Session

Learn about the MS City and Regional Planning at Temple University during our Information Session on February 20, 2018. The program has two concentration tracks in Sustainable Community Planning and Transportation Planning. Both are areas of expertise that are in wide demand in the greater Philadelphia region as well as across the country and globe. Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board since 2012.

Stay for the Meet and Greet with MS CTRP students.

Information Session: 6:00-7:00 pm
Meet and Greet: 7:00-7:30 pm
Location: Temple University Center City Campus
1515 Market St.
Room 222
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Register now


The application deadline for Fall 2018 is March 1, 2018.

Department of Planning and Community Development, Tyler School of Art, is housed in the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design along with allied programs in Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Don’t forget to apply to APA’s Ambassador Program by December 31

As the end of year quickly approaches, so is the December 31 deadline to apply to become an APA Ambassador.  This important initiative is designed to encourage future planners with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.  The application is short and easy to fill out, even during the end of year crunch.  Participation in the program will provide valuable skills and earn you up to 8 pro-bono AICP CM credits in 2018.

Check out our previous blog post with all the important information on the application and details of the program.  You can apply as an individual or as a team.  Contact Al Beatty at ab5562@nyu.edu if you would like to join the local team of ambassadors.  Thank you Al for stepping up to be a regional team leader!

Post Authored by: Maggie Rwakazina

(Image from APA Ambassador’s blog: https://www.planning.org/blog/blogpost/9127770)

CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service

AICP members can obtain up to eight CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service, as outlined on the APA National website at https://www.planning.org/cm/logging/selfreport/probono

APA Future City Mentorship could relate to these allowed activities:

  • Planning-related support to groups that lack adequate planning resources, including service that expands choices and opportunities for everyone.
  • Planning to meet the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.
  • Mentoring the development of students, interns, beginning professionals, colleagues, and members of underrepresented groups to help them advance in the planning profession.

Economic Development Division Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship

Applications due February 2, 2018

The Economic Development Division is currently accepting applications for the Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning. Though applications are not due until February 2, early submissions are encouraged. Applicants must be Master’s level students currently enrolled in or recently graduated (2016 or later) from PAB-accredited planning programs in the United States.

The scholarship is named in memory of longtime APA member and economic development visionary, Dr. Terry Holzheimer of Arlington County, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The $2,000 award is a scholarship provided by the APA’s Economic Development Division. Winners are strongly encouraged but not required to use the award money to support attendance at the APA National Planning Conference. The application materials should include an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less (including citations and footnotes), and must include the name and contact information of a faculty member involved in supervising the student and/or the submitted work. The application form is available at: https://goo.gl/forms/RObcycBRCpNv7BSi2.

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Future City Mentors Needed – One Month until Competition Day

Downingtown Middle School – Honorable Mention at the 2017 Future City Philadelphia Regional Competition (Source: futurecityphilly.org)

If you’ve been looking for a way to give back this holiday season, become a Future City mentor for a school in your community. 10 Future City Philadelphia teams still need mentors, and the students could really use your support in the final days leading up to the regional competition. Students must prepare a model of an “Age-Friendly City” to present in front of a panel of judges on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

As a planner, you can provide meaningful feedback and assistance as the students creatively tackle this topic.

The following 10 middle schools need mentors:

  • Eisenhower – Norristown
  • Keith Valley – Horsham
  • Mother Teresa – King of Prussia
  • Murray Avenue – Huntingdon Valley
  • St Albert the Great – Huntingdon Valley
  • St Elizabeth – Uwchlan
  • Helena – Blue Bell
  • Ignatius – Yardley
  • WCPA Homeschool Group – Pleasant Mount
  • Windsor Christian Academy – Uwchlan

Sign up to mentor one of these teams here.

Check out our latest post for a refresher on the Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition.

CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service

AICP members can obtain up to eight CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service, as outlined on the APA National website at https://www.planning.org/cm/logging/selfreport/probono

APA Future City Mentorship could relate to these allowed activities:

  • Planning-related support to groups that lack adequate planning resources, including service that expands choices and opportunities for everyone.
  • Planning to meet the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.
  • Mentoring the development of students, interns, beginning professionals, colleagues, and members of underrepresented groups to help them advance in the planning profession.

 

Nov. 2: MS City and Regional Planning, Temple University Information Session

Make a commitment during #PlanningMonth to become a planner and register for the Information Session on November 2nd for the MS City and Regional Planning, Temple University.  The program has two concentration tracks in Sustainable Community Planning and Transportation Planning.  Both are areas of expertise that are in wide demand in the greater Philadelphia region as well as across the country and globe.  Accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board since 2012.

At the Meet and Greet with MS CTRP students and alumni, you’ll have a chance to learn about the various career paths alumni have taken from traditional government planning to community-based programming and policy development with nonprofit organizations, from government innovation to entrepreneurial startups, and more.

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