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Future City Engineering Fair Recap

APAPA-SE participated in the 2nd annual Future City Engineering Fair at SAP America in Newtown Square, PA on Saturday, October 26. This year’s competition theme is Clean Water: Tap Into Tomorrow. Volunteers Addison Larson (Princeton Mathematica) and Bill Deguffroy (McMahon Associates) engaged students in a hands-on activity to demonstrate the benefits of incorporating green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) into roadway design. The activity, which was devised by Bill Deguffroy, showed students how GSI (kitchen sponges) absorbs and filters stormwater by capturing pollutants Southeast Chapter's booth at Future City(breath mints) and forcing water to drain slowly, thereby minimizing flooding and helping maintain a healthy urban environment. The children liked the learning activity, and students, parents, and teachers asked questions about applying this concept to their models, as well as careers in planning! A special thank you to our volunteers!

APAPASE booth at the Future City Engineering Fair. Our volunteers Addison Larson (Princeton Mathematica) and Bill Deguffroy (McMahon Associates) engaged students in a hands-on activity that demonstrated the benefits of GSI and its relation to clean water.

Mentor Opportunities

Also, Future City Philadelphia is still looking for mentors for the following middle schools in the Greater Philadelphia region:

 

  • Keith Valley Middle School – Horsham, PA
  • Lehighton Area Middle School – Lehighton, PA
  • Montgomery County OIC – Norristown, PA
  • Penn Wood Middle School – Darby, PA
  • St. Alysius Academy – Bryn Mawr, PA
  • St. Hilary of Poitiers School – Rydal, PA
  • St. Jane Frances de Chantal School – Easton, PA
  • St. Katherine of Siena School – Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Martin de Porres Catholic School – Philadelphia, PA
  • Stewart Middle School – Norristown, PA
  • The Anderson School – Eagleville, PA

 

For more information about your role as a mentor go to: https://futurecity.org/participants/mentors.

 

For more information on mentoring, please contact: Mike McAtee at mjmcatee@urbanengineers.com.  

Jan 18: Excellence in Sustainability Award Nominations Due

The American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Division annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability program honors projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations dedicated to supporting sustainable communities. The nomination period for the 2020 Awards is now open, through January 18, 2020! There are nine categories of awards this year. The nomination packet can be downloaded at planning.org/divisions/sustainable/awards/. At that link, you can also find more information about two upcoming webinars, during which we will describe the 2020 Awards process and celebrate last year’s winners.

Nov. 20 CM Webinar: Indianapolis MPO’s Formula for Actionable Public Input on Bike, Ped & Transit

1 CM Credit Available
November 20 @ 2 PM Eastern

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Meaningful public input is critical to creating bike, pedestrian and transit plans that truly meet the needs of the communities they serve. Join Indianapolis MPO November 20th for a fast-paced tour through its ground-breaking formula for engaging the public in alternative transportation planning.

Our friend Jen Higginbotham, AICP, Principal Planner at Indianapolis MPO, will share her step-by-step formula for blending online engagement with traditional involvement methods in a cost-effective way that consistently engages large numbers of residents. You’ll learn how Indianapolis MPO collects massive amounts of usable public input to inform better alternative transportation plans.

Creating engaging surveys is both an art and a science. Join Jen and Dave Biggs, Chief Engagement Officer at MetroQuest, as they share best practices for designing surveys that deliver actionable public input for your plans.

Attend this complimentary 1-hour webinar for proven ways to:

  • Build public awareness and notoriety for your agency
  • Educate the public about transportation tradeoffs
  • Design online surveys that result in usable public input
  • Gain the support of local agencies to move your plans forward

Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) School of Urban and Regional Planning Students Visit Philadelphia

From October 6-9, 2019, a group of approximately 45 undergraduate students from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning in Toronto, Canada visited Philadelphia. One of their instructors, René Biberstein, explained that the group was here to learn about planning issues in the city. During their four days in Philadelphia, the students and their instructors participated in walking tours, a bus tour, and panel discussions to learn more about the city’s planning history, and how this history affects local planning issues, opportunities, and decision-making.

APAPASE helped connect the group with a variety of planning-related organizations, including the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), SEPTA, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Lindy Institute, Drexel University, USA250, and McCormick Taylor, a full-service transportation and energy consulting firm with a Planning and Communications practice.

While at McCormick Taylor, the students met with company ownership and staff to discuss the differences in planning culture between the United States and Canada and what it is like to work as a professional planner. Presenters also provided information on local projects, such as SEPTA’s extension of the Norristown High Speed Line, King of Prussia Rail.

Students from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning in Toronto, Canada visited Philadelphia and meet with local planners

Photo Credit: Adam Dall, McCormick Taylor

 

Students from Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning listen to a panel discussion about the Function and Role of Consultants in the Planning Process on Monday, October 7, 2019, at McCormick Taylor’s headquarters in Philadelphia.

“Drink Philly Tap” Calls on Philadelphians to Drink More Tap, Less Bottled Water

“Drink Philly Tap,” a public campaign to educate Philadelphia residents about the quality of their tap water, launches this month. The goals of the campaign are to increase trust in public drinking water, reduce single-use plastic bottles, and educate consumers on the financial costs of drinking bottled water instead of tap water. The project is led by partners ImpactED at the University of Pennsylvania, The Water Center at Penn, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, and the Philadelphia Water Department. The campaign includes an Ambassador program, comprised of 19 Philadelphia community leaders and influencers, a public outreach and education campaign powered by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center field teams, and an engagement plan for employers and professional organizations. Community ambassadors in north and west Philadelphia will promote Philadelphia’s safe drinking water and empower residents with compelling information and knowledge to help them confidently choose to consume tap water over bottled water, both at home and on the go.

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Featured Listing – Economic and Demographic Analyst

DVRPC is hiring a Economic and Demographic Analyst! Click through for more information.

 

DVRPC – Economic and Demographic Analyst

Oct. 17: WalkWorks Webinar: Implementing Active Transportation Policy

When: October 17: 1-2pm

Registration: Implementing Active Transportation Policy

Hear from representatives from three locales in Pennsylvania about how they are implementing Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies. What kinds of infrastructure improvements are being made to increase walkability and bikeability? What types of destinations were considered when prioritizing the sequence of projects? What were some of the challenges they incurred and how might you avoid them? …and what you really want to know: How are the improvements being funded?

Vote for PennDOT Connects – Deadline Oct. 6

Vote for PennDOT Connects

PennDOT was named as one of the Top 12 projects nationwide in the America’s Transportation Awards competition for our PennDOT Connects transportation planning initiative. PennDOT Connects engages community stakeholders, planning organizations, and local governments to help ensure that community needs are understood at each phase of a transportation project’s planning process.

PennDOT Connects was nominated in the Quality of Life/Community Development category and is competing for the national Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award.

Support PennDOT Connects by voting today and often!

Online voting ends at 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, Oct. 6. Cast your vote at http://AmericasTransportationAwards.org. Individuals can cast no more than one vote per day.

Future City Philadelphia Volunteer Opportunities

There are a few opportunities to get involved with your local schools and inspire future planners and engineers!

Future City Philadelphia Engineering Fair

APA PA SE will have a booth at the Future City Philadelphia Engineering Fair in Newtown Square on Saturday, October 26. Please register here to volunteer.

Mentor Opportunities

Also, Future City Philadelphia is looking for mentors for the following middle schools in the Greater Philadelphia area:

  • Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy – Norristown, PA
  • French Creek Elementary – Pottstown, PA
  • Holy Rosary Regional School – Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Keith Valley Middle School – Horsham, PA
  • KIPP West Philadelphia Prep – Philadelphia, PA
  • Lehighton Area Middle School – Lehighton, PA
  • Lenape Middle School – Doylestown, PA
  • Penn Wood Middle School – Darby, PA
  • St. Albert the Great School – Huntingdon Valley
  • St. Jane Frances de Chantal School – Easton, PA
  • St. Katherine of Siena School – Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Peter School – Philadelphia, PA
  • Stewart Middle School – Norristown, PA

Click here to sign up to mentor one of these teams.

For more information about the program and your role as a prospective mentor, please contact: Mike McAtee at mjmcatee@urbanengineers.com.

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 14 – APAPASE Annual Event

Meet us in the beautiful Maas Building in Olde Kensington Philadelphia to discuss “cozy homes,” sustainable architecture and construction, and Philadelphia housing trends. Student architectural works will be featured for your viewing (and tactile!) enjoyment.

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