Tag Archive for environment and sustainability

April 4-6: Creating Climate Resilient Communities Training

Not going to Phoenix for the national APA conference? A more local offering is the Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference. Taking place April 4 – 6, 2016 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, this capacity-building, “how to” conference, convened by Antioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness & Community Resilience in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is designed to build capacity for local decision makers from throughout the eastern United States.  Days 1 and 2 focus on The Built Environment, Ecosystem & Human Health, Community Engagement and Communication, and Planning & Process.  CM credits are available.  More information and registration is available at http://www.communityresilience-center.org/conference-2016/

April 4: Parks That Reshape Cities (1.25 CM Credits)

Photo credit: Christina Arlt

Photo credit: Christina Arlt


Parks That Reshape Cities (1.25 CM Credits)

Monday, April 4, 2016, 1:15 PM — 2:45 PM


A new breed of parks is boosting tourism and urban transformation. Explore the surprising benefits. Parks have become an unexpected driver of both tourism and urban transformation. Learn about new approaches to urban parks, from reusing industrial sites to rethinking design and function. Hear about unexpected uses, economic benefits, and enticing ways to attract people to parks. Where do parks fit into the work of the planning commission? Find out in a program designed for commissioners as well as planners.

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Oct. 6: Join Us for the First in a Series of Habitat III Seminars

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, October 2016. It will offer a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenges of how cities, towns, and villages are planned and managed in order to fulfill their roles as drivers of sustainable development, and hence shape the implementation of new global development and climate change goals.

“The battle for a more sustainable future will be won or lost in cities.” World Urban Campaign

How we plan, build, and manage our cities now will determine the outcome of our efforts to achieve a sustainable and harmonious development tomorrow. Well-planned cities afford all residents the opportunity to lead safe, healthy, and productive lives. Well-designed cities present nations with major opportunities to promote social inclusion, resilience, and prosperity.

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EarthFest 2015 Recap – Youth Engagement and Planning

EarthFest 2015

“If you could do whatever you wanted with this lot, what would you do and why?”  David, age 9, responded, “I would plan a kingdom so that I could be king.”  If only we could all have the visionary powers to dream up a kingdom like David (and if only it were that easy)!  Along with David, hundreds of curious young visitors stopped by the APAPA-SE activity booth at Temple University’s EarthFest 2015 at the Ambler Campus on Friday, April 24th.  They each were prompted to respond to that same question we asked David.

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April 24:  Volunteers Needed for EarthFest 2015 at Temple’s Ambler Campus

Event:             EarthFest 2015

Date:               Friday, April 24, 2015 (Rain or Shine)

Time:              9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Location:        Temple University Ambler Campus

580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler, PA 19002

Website:         ambler.temple.edu/earthfest


Last year, more than 7,000 visitors spent a rewarding, educational day at Temple University Ambler celebrating the importance of protecting the environment and preserving their futures. Hosted by the Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities, the mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods and practices to protect and preserve our environment.  Organizations, businesses, students of all ages, and individuals demonstrate sustainable concepts and technologies through interactive educational displays, activities, and much more!

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April 14: Solutions to the Alphabet Soup of Water Regulations


Solutions to the Alphabet Soup of Water Regulations | $80

sponsored by the PA Chapter of the American Planning Association and the PA Local Government Training Partnership

When: April 14, 2015
Where: Harrisburg Hilton


Approved for 5.5 CM Credits

The spring forum will focus on understanding water regulations and responding to requirements with projects that address needs, build partnerships, and capitalize on overlapping interests. The event will help attendees clarify their understanding of TMDL, MS4, stormwater, and other water-based issues and regulations, and provide details on innovative projects that have addressed these difficult issues through partnerships.

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March 4: Assessing Green Infrastructure with Urban Vegetation

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series


Assessing Green Infrastructure with Urban Vegetation

Wednesday, March 4th at 4pm (EST)

Drexel University – Hill Seminar Room – Lebow Engineering Room 240 – 31st and Market Sts, Phila, PA

webinar option also available


RSVP links:
http://whoozin.com/CAA-ETD-DPF3 (in person)
http://whoozin.com/P4H-YDR-RGEN (web attendance)

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March 27: Journey to Sustainability

Symposium: Journey to Sustainability

Friday, March 27, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Rotwitt Theater, McShain Performing Arts Center

Rosemont College

Journey to Sustainability will explore the positive social and environmental impact of sustainability and sustainable business practices. Join a community of scholars, business practitioners, and sustainability experts committed to addressing the environmental challenges currently facing human beings.

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Feb. 4: Urban Greening and Ecosystem Services

The next presentation of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, February 4th at 4pm (EST) at Drexel University.  A webinar option will also be provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance at http://www.ccrun.org/seminars

Urban Greening and Ecosystem Services
Dr. Matthew Palmer, Columbia University

Dr. Krista McGuire, Barnard College

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March 24: Writing Growing Greener

Hawk Mountain

Writing Growing Greener: Conservation by Design Codes

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Kempton, PA (Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association)

Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association are pleased to co-sponsor this educational experience, which is geared toward planning professionals who write zoning and subdivision / land development codes. The $25 registration fee includes lunch, 4.75 CM credits, and a guided hike on the Hawk Mountain grounds.

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