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Oct. 21: Free Sustainability & Resilience Credits: Upcoming Webinar on Urban Flooding

October 21 @ 1-2:30pm
When it rains, it pours: a dialogue on urban flooding across the U.S.

Flooding has long been the most costly and deadly natural hazard in the U.S. Although most major flood events have occurred from river flooding or in coastal areas, all communities are susceptible to the unique risks of urban flooding. Urban flooding occurs when rainfall and runoff exceed the capacity of the local drainage system.

Urban flooding has received greater attention in recent years because many urban drainage systems are not designed to manage the increasingly intense rain events brought on by a changing climate and the flashier runoff conditions caused by expanding urban development. While the focus on this issue is new,
many low-income communities and communities of color have experienced urban flooding for years due to a lack of infrastructure investment. Equitable solutions to urban flooding will require grappling with the legacy of discrimination and disinvestment.

This session will educate participants on the causes of urban flooding, how urban flooding differs from river and coastal flooding, and how climate change is driving more frequent and dangerous urban flooding disasters. Participants will gain knowledge of how the decisions we make as planners can exacerbate the problem or help to improve outcomes.

Panelists will share case studies from across the U.S., with examples of how different local climate conditions and land use patterns can lead to urban flooding. The panel will describe the work of local agencies, non-profits, and residents to identify and implement solutions. The discussion will consider the
role of planners in addressing this challenge.

Speakers:

  1. Dámaris Villalobos-Galindo, Associate Engineer at Santa Clara Valley Water District
  2. Samuel D. Brody, Regents Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Science Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus
  3. Cyatharine Alias, Manager of Community Infrastructure & Resilience at Center for Neighborhood Technology
    4. Julia Rockwell, Manager of the Climate Change Adaptation Program at the Philadelphia Water Department

This event is approved for 1.5 CM credits and 1 Sustainability & Resilience credit.

Register Now: https://www.planning.org/events/eventsingle/9256029

Sept. 7 – APA PA – Webinar Wednesdays

Webinar Wednesday: Advancing Racial Equity through Land Use Planning

September 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Advancing Racial Equity through Land Use Planning

According to US Census Data, disparity in income and housing among diverse racial and ethnic populations has occurred in the United States. Researchers have pointed out that many members of these specific populations have been adversely impacted by housing policies adopted in the first half of the 20th century. To address present day challenges, this webinar will present examples of two cities addressing racial inequity through their land use planning tools & codes. The City of Minneapolis, Minnesota recently completed Minneapolis 2040 which reflects the result of more than two years of engagement with the people of Minneapolis. This engagement included over 100 meetings and conversations with thousands of residents, business owners, and others, where they shared their vision and hopes for the future of the city.

Equity CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Joe Bernard, AICP and Douglass Smith, AICP, LEED

**The Pennsylvania Chapter is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speaker(s) you will hear**

Deadline to register is September 6, 2022

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

Please note: You will receive an email the week of the webinar with zoom information (please check your spam/junk folders). This email will be sent to the email address you used to register for the event.

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June 16: Mid-Atlantic Collaboration: Smart Growth Tools for Protecting Water Resources

June 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Smart Growth Tools for Protecting Water Resources
Water quality outcomes are directly tied to land use decisions made by local jurisdictions. This webinar would explore local land use scenarios that lead to triple-bottom-line (economic, social, environmental) results and pose questions on current land use trends watershed-wide that may threaten progress.

April 6: APA PA Webinar Wednesday – Multi-Local Government Aggregation Programs: A Tool for Implementation

April 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Multi-Local Government Aggregation Programs: A Tool for Implementation

Multi-municipal aggregation programs can be incredibly valuable to assist local governments with implementation of technical and/or high upfront cost projects. Aggregation programs provide lower cost and turnkey services to local governments by leveraging the purchasing and decision making power of participants. Further, these programs remove several key technical, procurement, and decision-making challenges that local governments face by providing a centralized procurement/contracting process and the resources to effectively engage utilities, address legal considerations, access funding or financing, on-board trusted consultants, and navigating technical decision-making in a timely manner. This session will provide an example of DVRPC’s Regional Streetlight Procurement Program (RSLPP), a multi-municipal aggregation program that enabled more than 60 municipalities to convert their street lighting systems to LED. Through the program, DVRPC estimates that individual project costs were 20-30% less than traditional municipally led procurement methods, and projects were implemented with a high success rate (86% of municipalities who entered the program completed their projects and all but one of those who did not  proceed completed an LED conversion on their own as a result of their participation). This guide provides step-by-step information that will assist regional and multi-government groups with developing and implementing a multi-local government / aggregation procurement and implementation program, and the lessons learned can be applied to other applications of aggregated procurement and implementation for local governments as well.

CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Liz Compitello and Mike Fuller

Deadline to register is April 5, 2022

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

PLEASE NOTE: You will receive an email the week of the webinar with zoom information (please check your spam/junk folders). This email will be sent to the email address you used to register for the event.

REGISTER NOW

Feb. 15 & 16: CAAP Statewide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit

Central Section of PA Chapter of APA is excited to announce its partnership with the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP) to present a virtual  CAAP 2022 STATEWIDE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) SUMMIT. The two-part event will occur on Tuesday, February 15th and Wednesday, February 16th from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. What is even better, 5.5 Equity CMs are pending approval for the two sessions of the DEI Summit, including the Keynote with Jerome Underwood, CEO of Action for a Better Community from Rochester, New York.

Click here for more information and to register

For CAAP’s keynote address, Jerome Underwood will focus on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to increase equity for all citizens. Underwood is a member of the Equity and Economic Mobility Commission with the National Community Action Partnership. Mr. Underwood is also a member of the Black Agenda Group, an organization dedicated to the creation of culturally specific and culturally responsive interventions to address the effects of racism within the Black community.

Action For A Better Community (ABC) in Rochester, N.Y. ABC serves families in Monroe and Ontario Counties by offering programs and services in the areas of employment, early childhood education, youth services, adult education, health services, community development, and energy conservation. Racial equity and justice advocacy are core to ABC’s work. The agency’s mission is to provide opportunities for low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient.

Feb. 17: Mid-Atlantic Collaboration: Plan Integration for Resilience and Equity

February 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Plan Integration for Resilience and Equity

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Planners have a number of plans for which they are responsible. Two factors, climate resilience and equity, are top-of-mind as we try and integrate planning strategies to provide multiple benefits. The webinar would explore examples of successful plan integration and their relation to building in more resilient approaches to local decision-making.

March 2: Webinar Wednesday – Advancing Racial Equity through Land Use Planning

March 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Register Here

Advancing Racial Equity through Land Use Planning

According to US Census Data, disparity in income and housing among diverse racial and ethnic populations has occurred in the United States. Researchers have pointed out that many members of these specific populations have been adversely impacted by housing policies adopted in the first half of the 20th century.

To address present day challenges, this webinar will present examples of two cities addressing racial inequity through their land use planning tools & codes. The City of Minneapolis, Minnesota recently completed Minneapolis 2040 which reflects the result of more than two years of engagement with the people of Minneapolis. This engagement included over 100 meetings and conversations with thousands of residents, business owners, and others, where they shared their vision and hopes for the future of the city. Joe Bernard AICP, Planning Project Manager, City of Minneapolis will describe how the City of Minneapolis intends to be inclusive in providing housing for people of all socio-economic groups.

The City of Lancaster Planning Commission also passed a resolution in 2020 committing to racial equity. Douglas Smith AICP, Chief Planner, City of Lancaster will share their efforts to create a diverse, inclusive, and equitable process for their first comprehensive plan in nearly 30 years. During his presentation, Smith will address topics of public outreach, language access, citizen empowerment, and non-traditional engagement methods

Finally, Shelby Nauman, Co-Chair of the Lancaster County Coalition for Sustainable Housing will discuss the Coalition’s role in raising awareness of our City and County’s need for housing that is affordable across the spectrum of household incomes (both rental and for-sale housing).

Equity CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Joe Bernard, AICP; Douglass Smith, AICP LEED; and Shelby Naumann

**The Pennsylvania Chapter is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speakers you will hear**

Deadline to register is March 1, 2022

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

Feb. 2: APA-PA Hosts Webinar Wednesday: Climate Change Planning

February 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Climate Change Planning for Vulnerable Neighborhoods

We will introduce the county-wide climate change vulnerability assessment as well as other hazard mitigation-related projects undertaken by the Planning Commission. In 2020-2021, the Planning Commission utilized free public information on (A) historical flooding and flood-prone areas, (B) historically heat sensitive areas, and (C) disadvantaged populations in order to identify neighborhoods, which will likely face increased challenges due to climate change. To ensure regional consistency, we completed this study with assistance from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission as they worked on a complementary regional heat island project.

  • Attendees will understand the methods used by the Planning Commission and DVRPC to create their Vulnerability Assessment and could replicate the study for their own jurisdictions.
  • Attendees will learn how climate change takes a toll on poor and vulnerable people and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risk from climate hazards (i.e. heat, flooding). Vulnerable communities need to be identified and included at all stages planning.
  • Attendees will learn how climate change impacts are not equality distributed among municipalities.  The Assessment highlight how county and regional planning organizations have an opportunity and responsibility to encourage partnership between municipalities to adapt critical infrastructure and support vulnerable communities without adaptive capacity.
  • Attendees will gain insight to the opportunities for and challenges to implementing climate adaptation and climate mitigation measures for local and regional governments.

Sustainability/Resilience CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Jon Lesher and Ellis Foley

Deadline to register is February 1, 2022

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

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Jan 5. APA PA Webinar Wednesday – Barriers and Some Solutions to Affordable Housing

January 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Barriers and Some Solutions to Affordable Housing

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This session will dive into the specifics of the current landscape of affordable housing, focusing in Pennsylvania. It will describe some of the more frustrating aspects of building affordable housing and some steps that can be taken to help alleviate those concerns. The panel of speakers includes a design professional, a developer and a construction practitioner who all can provide specific stopping points in the affordable housing process.  Additionally, the panel will make a case for changes that can be made to help ensure a smoother housing development process in the future.

CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Leah Eppinger, AICP; Brandon Johnson; Todd Bowser; Nando Michele, FAIA, AICP, PP

Deadline to register is January 4, 2022

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

Jan. 8: Transportation4America hosting TransportationCamp

Every year, transportation enthusiasts get together on a Saturday to share their ideas and map out new possibilities. With so much transportation legislation on the way, the 2022 virtual TransportationCamp will be more important than ever. Registration is now open!!

The reauthorization and budget reconciliation embraced the traditional approach to transportation policy: a whole lot more of the same, failing status quo. There’s a little bit of money to fight the climate crisis, encourage safer streets, and expand transit, but there’s a whole lot more to make those same problems worse—more emissions, more congestion, more pollution, more dangerous streets, more highways undermining transit investments. Where do we go from here? That’s where TransportationCamp comes in.

Now’s not the time to sit back and listen

TransportationCamp is an “unconference” bringing together passionate people who are ready to create and participate in the conversation. This is a place for all self-professed “transportation nerds,” from advocates to planners, from students to business leaders, to propose and lead sessions. Worried about a street widening project near you? Excited about new mobility technologies? This is the place to share.

There are tons of ways to make our infrastructure safer, more equitable, and more sustainable. By bringing together a melting pot of perspectives, TransportationCamp helps uncover new pathways forward. And bonus: it’s a lot of fun, too.

We’ll convene virtually once again this year, so have Zoom and Slack downloaded and ready to go. As for the rest of the details (including how to submit your session ideas between January 3 – 7, 2022), keep an eye on your inbox. We’ll keep you posted in the weeks ahead.