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.
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Taking the AICP exam this May or thinking of applying?
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is once again holding an all-day AICP exam prep session on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This will be held at the Giant Community Center (2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg PA 17110).
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. PA chapter members can attend for free and non-members pay $35.
Registration is required.
Nov. 30 – Webinar: In Retrospect – Hurricane Harvey and the Impact on African-American Neighborhoods
In Retrospect – Hurricane Harvey and the Impact on African-American Neighborhoods
This webcast is hosted by APA’s Planning and the Black Community Division
Time: 2 PM – 3:30 PM – 11/30/2018
Speakers: Derek Hull, Rick Flanagan, John Cooper, Ph.D., Joy Semien
Take a Short Survey to Help APA Prepare for the Planning Accreditation Board Visit of the U. Penn Planning Program !
The graduate planning program at the University of Pennsylvania is preparing to be reviewed for accreditation by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB).
Programs accredited by the PAB are expected to maintain a relationship with the profession, the local planning community and the local APA Chapter. As part of the accreditation process for planning programs, PAB is interested in learning about the interaction between the U. Penn Planning Program and APA members and the local planning community.
Please take this short survey by September 24, 2018 to assist with providing feedback in advance of the PAB review: https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Please tune into our webinar on July 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. if you are interested in becoming a Future City mentor for the 2018-2019 school year at one of your local schools. Mike McAtee, the Future City Philadelphia Mentor Coordinator, will give a presentation and take participants’ questions at the end.
The Future City program offers a variety of volunteer opportunities to get involved with students in your local community. This webinar will help you understand if you are ready to be a mentor, judge, or a general volunteer for the 2019 Future City Philadelphia Regional Competition.
The Philadelphia Regional Future City Competition is a 501 (c)3 educational outreach program of DiscoverE. It is one of 41 regional programs conducted throughout the country. Future City is an inspiring program that helps introduce 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to the engineering, architecture, and planning professions. Participating STEM teams across the country compete once a year in a regional competition in January. Finalists then proceed to present their projects at the National Competition during National Engineers Week in February in Washington, D.C.
The competition requires participating teams from schools and youth-focused organizations (e.g., Boy or Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H, YMCA STEM clubs) to create their own future city, based on project criteria and guidelines for that year. Students are encouraged to prepare a variety of deliverables, including a project plan, tabletop-scale model, and virtual city, under the supervision and assistance of a teacher and mentor. Mentors should be professionals in the fields of engineering, planning, and architecture interested in investing time and energy in helping students realize their projects. For more information visit: http://futurecityphilly.org/.
Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-city-mentor-info-webinar-tickets-47650342457. Registrants through Eventbrite will be emailed webinar log in information to their registration email. We look forward to your participation!
CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service
AICP members can obtain up to eight CM Credits for Pro Bono Planning Service, including volunteering time with the APA PA SE Council or a committee as outlined on the APA National website at https://www.planning.org/cm/logging/selfreport/probono.
Date: July 17, 2018
Time: 8 – 10 AM
Center / Architecture + Design
1218 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2816
Registration: Registration is required – register HERE
Event Cost: FREE
All webcasts are at 1 p.m. ET and are approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits
South Carolina Chapter
Planning & Zoning Tools for Preserving Historic Communities
Speakers: Andrea Harris-Long, AICP and Andrea N. Pietras, AICP
Charleston County sits in the heart of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, a federally designated National Heritage Area comprised of communities of Gullah Geechee people, stretching from North Carolina to Florida. In the unincorporated areas of the County, African Americans established communities after Reconstruction and have maintained a distinct community character that, in recent years, has been threatened by development pressures and population growth. This session will share how the County Planning Department has coupled historic preservation efforts with planning and zoning principles to protect these unique cultural landscapes and encourage the communities to thrive for years to come.
Integrating Green Infrastructure into Pittsburgh’s Urban Fabric
Speakers: Christine Mondor, AIA and Megan Zeigler, MLA
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority recently completed a comprehensive Sewershed Urban Design Study to integrate high performing green infrastructure into the city’s urban design and planning efforts. The sewershed plans identify key elements in creating networked GI systems and demonstrates how these infrastructure improvements leverage additional neighborhood benefits. The presentation focuses on how networked or shed-based systems for rainwater management marry engineering, data-driven decision-making tools to create landscapes, urban places, and projects in a replicable way.
Transportation Planning Division
Publication Spotlight: The 2018 State of Transportation Planning
Speakers: David Heller, Karina Macias, David Somers, Tim Storer, and Nathan Hicks
This webinar will highlight The APA Transportation Planning Division’s most-recent publication: The 2018 State of Transportation Planning. The State of Transportation Planning is a bi-annual report that focuses on current topics in the transportation planning field; the 2018 report focuses on subjects such as: uncertainty in the future of transportation planning, autonomous vehicles and emerging technology, innovation in data collection and analysis, and urban mobility and livability. In this webinar, a select group of contributing authors will share their articles and discuss major takeaways as well as any updates since the publication. Articles to be covered: “Planning for Autonomous Vehicles: Distilling Reality from Fantasy”; “How LA is Using Technology to Deliver Urban Mobility”; “Transportation Agencies Adopt a Scenario Planning Approach for the Uncertain Road Ahead”; and “Advances in Automated Bicycle and Pedestrian Counting”.
Women and Planning Division
Women in Planning: Emerging Leaders
Speakers: Corrin Hoegen Wendell, AICP, Dena Farsad, Yemeserach Taddele, Andrea Clark, and Carrie Sauer
Planners just starting out are already making a significant impact to the way we as planners think about tough and intriguing issues in the planning field. Join the APA Women and Planning Division for an exciting and inspiring discussion focused on highlighting division student members from various planning programs from across the country and internationally! A panel of top female recent graduates in their early career will discuss a wide range of important topics including their in-depth research and thesis capstones focused on topics such as equitable and sustainable communities, infrastructure and mobility constraints, environmental issues, and transportation barriers, as well as share their own experiences and stories. See how each has found interesting ways to make their mark on the planning profession. This moderated panel will allow the audience to participate in these planning topics through the use of live polling technology and interactive questions.
Click on the title links to register. You can see the current listing of all webcasts at www.ohioplanning.org/
CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider
Distance Education – These two recorded webcasts from 2017 have been selected for AICP CM DE credit for viewing anytime during the 2018 calendar year.
Law: Images, Creative Commons and Copyright – Urban Design and Preservation Division. Event #9127635
Ethics: Queer and the Conversation: The Ethics of Inclusion – LGBTQ and Planning Division. Event #9138341
Remember that the event numbers for DE credits are different from those for the live sessions.
The first phase of Philadelphia’s Rail Park is complete—filled with pathways, greenery, and bench swings with amazing city views! Join planners, designers, urbanites, and lovers of parks on Monday, July 16th as APAPASE checks out Philadelphia’s newest amenity. Come hear brief remarks from park designer Studio Bryan Hanes, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC), and Friends of the Rail Park. You’ll hear about how the first quarter mile of park was designed, how the park relates to the surrounding neighborhood, and the vision for revitalizing three miles of unused rail lines into a usable, beautiful, public space for all.
- 5:30 – 6:00 PM: Networking and Light Refreshments
- 6:00 – 6:30 PM: Three speakers (10 mins each)
- 6:30 – 7:00 PM: Question and Answers
- 7:00 – 7:30 PM: Brief Tour of Park
The Park will be open until 10:00 PM after the event–feel free to hang out after the official part of the event is over.
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.
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.