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March 20: Virtual AICP Exam Prep Session

March 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is holding an all-day virtual AICP exam prep session on Saturday, March 20 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

The session will review the content outline of the AICP exam, which APA recently updated, and provide details on the different content areas. The exam has been updated to reflect the new content outline, and the session will take time to clarify understanding of the revised exam. Questions are encouraged throughout the day.

Registration is required. Register here

Future Cities 2021

APA PA SE will once again be a sponsor for the Future City Competition in the Philadelphia Region.  Now celebrating its 26th year, this city-building competition has introduced over 600 middle school students at over 50 schools in the region to the world of engineering and planning.

The competition this year will be virtual, with a competition date of January 30, 2021.  As a sponsor, APA PA SE will need one volunteer to evaluate the teams for our organization’s special award.  The competition at large also needs volunteers to mentor the schools, serve as judges, and keep things moving smoothly on Competition Day.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Bill Deguffroy at:  wdeguffroy@mcmahonassociates.com

APA PA Scholarship Deadline Extended

The APAPA Student Engagement Committee has announced a deadline extension for scholarship grant submissions! The new deadline is now 5/30.
Please encourage any students you know to apply. Information on how to apply can be found here:

APA PA Student Scholarships

APA PA has student scholarships available for individuals seeking to continue their studies, pursue internships, or engage in professional development projects.

Several scholarships are available. Visit the APA PA scholarship page for qualification information and application instructions.



“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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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.

PennPraxis – Introducing the Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit

In 2018, PennPraxis led the Historic Preservation Citizen Engagement Project, bringing the conversation started by the Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. The project was Neighborhood Preservation Toolkitfunded by the William Penn Foundation, and was led by PennPraxis’ Julie Donofrio and Molly Lester, in partnership with a network of 21 community liaisons, who worked as partners to lead conversations across the city. The resulting Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit is a new, free resource to build a larger, broader constituency for preservation in Philadelphia. The toolkit’s guidebook and poster are available for free download through PennPraxis and on PHLPreservation.org.

The Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit is the receipient of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia’s 2019 Public Service Award, and Preservation Pennsylvania’s 2019 Initiative Award for Education.

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May 15 – TCI Workshop: Advancing Equity & Creating Opportunities for All Communities

This is a free event but requires registration. Click here for more information.

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) will host a workshop and roundtable discussion focused on advancing equity and addressing the transportation priorities of underserved and disproportionately affected communities as part of a regional low-carbon cap and invest program design.

This workshop is free and open to the public. The event is co-hosted with the New Jersey Innovation Institute.

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May 9, 16, 23: Zoning Course Presented by Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute

The Delaware County Planning Department is sponsoring a Course in Zoning presented by the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute this May 9, 16, and 23, at the Delaware County Community College.

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Future City Philadelphia: Planning Excellence Award Winner

Blair Christian Academy (Philadelphia, PA) won the American Planning Association, PA Chapter, Southeast Section Special Award for Planning Excellence at the Future City Philadelphia Competition on Saturday, January 19. The theme for this year’s competition was “Powering Our Future.” Greater Philadelphia middle schools students were asked to design a future city with an electrical grid that could withstand and recover from natural disaster.

The Blair Christian Academy team featured above with their teacher, Willette Whitaker, and mentor, Derrick Whitaker, PE (Burns Engineering).

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