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Deadline July 15: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – Local Government Online Survey

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Department of Environmental Protection is in the process of adopting and implementing its Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program, focused on reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and public health, and advancing climate resiliency throughout the state. To help inform the program’s prospective policies, investment plan, and ongoing engagement strategies, Pennsylvania DEP’s consultant, Delta Institute, has developed a Local Government Online Survey for staff serving in municipal, county, and township government, to gather input on RGGI’s anticipated benefits and impacts, and to hear regional priorities around how the program’s revenues should be invested.

The survey will be open until July 15, 2021. Should you have any questions, please contact Jack Eskin at jeskin@delta-institute.org or call (312) 651-4350.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – April 30: Submit a Nomination for APAPASE Section Council

This summer we will hold elections for American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Southeast Section (APA PA SE) Officers and Council members. Nominate a friend, nominate a colleague, nominate yourself! All nominations are due NO later than April 30th to elections@apapase.org!

We are taking nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, 6-7 Professional Planners, and 2-3 Citizen Planners.

  • The four Section Council Officer positions consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Chair provides leadership and guides the development of the chapter, the Vice Chair assists, the Treasurer maintains the budget and all financial matters, while the Secretary administers the documentation and membership of the organization.
  • A Professional Planner is an individual earning a majority of their income practicing planning or who is retired from such occupation. Professional planners are required to be a member of the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA.
  • A Citizen Planner is any appointed or elected official who is involved in planning decisions for the betterment of a state, region, county, city or municipality; who is
    individual who has an interest in furthering the purposes of Association, but who is not a Professional Planner (for example, planning commissioner, planning official, zoning board member, Philadelphia RCO zoning representative, or similar). Elected citizen planners will receive complementary membership to the Pennsylvania Chapter of APA.

If you are interested in serving either in an Officer or Council member position:

  • New members welcome! No previous experience required.
  • AICP not required to join the board.
  • Review the Chapter Bylaws for descriptions of the Officer and Council member duties and responsibilities.
  • Determine if your schedule will allow sufficient time for the position, generally 1-3 hours/month.
  • Speak with current Officers or Council members regarding any questions or concerns.
  • Submit a nomination and brief biography (3-4 sentences) to the Nominating Committee no later than April 30th at: elections@apapase.org. You may also submit a mission statement and picture.

The official elections ballot will be distributed online during the summer by APA national to coincide with their election and voting will end in early September. The results of the election shall be published for Section members in October, with official terms to start in January 2022.

Please visit the APAPA-Southeast Section website for more information about the section.

Deadline May 7 – Great Places in PA Applications Now Open

If you know a special public space, greenway/trail, or street that displays a wealth of best practices in community planning and serves as a model for other communities, NOMINATE IT! The deadline for Nominations is May 7, 2021.

For inspiration, you are encouraged to explore the archive of previously designated and treasured Great Places in PA on the Chapter website. Past winners have used their Great Places recognition for grant applications, economic development efforts, and public relations outreach.

Please see this Flyer for more information. You can also view the Program Guidelines, Category Criteria, and Nomination Form on the APA PA website (http://planningpa.org/about/great-places-in-pennsylvania-2/).

Livable Lesson: Commercial District Design

AARP’s Livable Lesson Videos are based on the design briefs and feature Patrice Frey, the president and CEO of Main Street America and an expert in sustainability, economic development, commercial district revitalization and historic preservation.

Watch the subject-specific videos long with an overview and implementation video — or see all seven segments compiled into one.

HUD Environmental Training

HUD Region 3 officers are pleased to announce the next session in their remote environmental training series will cover SITE CONTAMINATION COMPLIANCE AND A DEMONSTRATION OF EPA ENVIROMAPPER AND ENVIROFACTS.

This training will be a collaborative delivery between HUD Region 3 and EPA Region 3 staff. HUD will provide an overview of the compliance requirements associated with the standards at 24 CFR Parts 50.3(i) and 58.5(i)(2). EPA staff will lead grantees through a demonstration of the ENVIROMAPPER online mapping and evaluation tool. This session will also be used to introduce a short document that Region 3 EPA and Region 3 HUD collaborated on to provide some tips on how to consider the data output generated from an ENVIROMAPPER search.

The training will be delivered remotely through Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, April 13, from 10 am to 12:30 EST, and is recommended for grantees, HUD staff, and partners involved in the environmental review process.

If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Teams, here is a quick tutorial on how to enter the session once you get the invitation email. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the session.

Register here

Registration is now open and closes on Friday, April 9. Only those registered will receive an email with an iCalendar invite attachment to the Microsoft Teams Meeting.


Equitable Vaccinations Options Survey

Can your organization help ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines?

Please help by completing this quick questionnaire for your organization. Pennsylvania is in urgent need of information that will help reach the most vulnerable populations in the Commonwealth with vaccinations.

Click here for the questionnaire


Pennsylvania’s Transportation Survey 2021

Please take a moment to tell the State Transportation Commission about the transportation needs that are important to you.

Share your opinions, interests and concerns about transportation, particularly the needs in the community where you live. Your feedback is an important part of this 12-Year Transportation Program update process. Your input is also used to inform other state and regional transportation plans and programs such as Pennsylvania’s Long Range Transportation Plan and Freight Movement Plan. Here’s your chance to

Share what you think.

April 13: Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance Hosts Andre M. Perry

DATE: Tuesday, April 13 | TIME: 8:00-9:00AM

In the second of a three-part series, DVSGA is hosting Andre M. Perry—a nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, education and economic inclusion—who will discuss the role of race in land-use patterns and policies. In addition to Perry’s work at Brookings, he is also a scholar-in-residence at American University, a columnist for the Hechinger Report, and the author of Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities, which is available for purchase.


Smart growth has traditionally advocated for economic and community development strategies that curb urban sprawl and worsening environmental conditions to create healthy, environmentally resilient and economically robust places; however, little attention has been paid to how race impacts planning and outcomes. We look to this discussion to reveal concrete strategies that proponents of smart growth can use to end inequality that has historically existed in land use. Dr. Perry will be interviewed by Charnelle Hicks, principal of CHPlanning, a firm providing comprehensive, municipal, transportation and environmental planning and community outreach programs.

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March 2&3, and 4&5: Economy League Well City Challenge Pitch Competition

Research shows that millennials–those born between 1981 and 1996–are suffering from more physical and mental health challenges than previous generations. Millennials are the largest population in the U.S., the most educated, and the largest wealth generators over the next two decades – yet they are in poorer health than previous generations. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s 2019 The Health of Millennials Report found that eight out of 10 top conditions have double-digit increases among millennials and 6 out of 10 are behavioral health conditions. How we handle millennial health and mental health challenges could make or break the economy.   

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Stay Tuned for Information on AICP Prep!

Looking to take the AICP exam or want more information on the exam format and contents? We are currently working on a AICP exam prep session and will post more information when a date is selected.