Sustainability Committee

Plan-it sustainably!

“The best way to predict the future is to create it,” and “being less bad is NOT being good” illustrates the sustainability planning challenge of our time:  moving from less bad (per unit impact reduction) to good (net zero impact), to great (net positive restorative/regenerative impact), post-haste.

The Sustainability Committee advances community sustainability and serves Northern section planners with credible knowledge, powerful tools, and inspiring cases. It promotes and highlights innovative sustainability planning with learning and networking resources via:

The Committee takes an integrative approach to sustainability planning, but also emphasizes strategic approach. In particular, the Committee monitors and advances the emerging arena of regenerative urbanism and city planning because it represents the core concept for creating the built environment, prosperity, and well-being of truly sustainable communities (Resources).

Committee Highlights

  • Regenerative Urbanism MeetUp – Pre-Conference, Oakland (forthcoming, October 2015)
  • Planning for Low Carbon Communities (click; Feb 2015)
  • Sea Level Rise Impacts to Bay Area Development, co-hosted–APA’s SF RAC, ULI, and SPUR (Feb 2015)
  • Sustainability Champions Program – Sustainable Communities Division/APA California (click; September 2014)
  • EcoDistricts Workshop (click; June 2014)
  • APA/UCB General Plan Sustainability Assessment of 11 Bay Area Cities (click; 2014)
  • Mobilizing APA State Chapter Sustainability & the New Sustainable Community Division  (click;  APA SCD/National Conference, 2013)
  • The Challenge of Sustainability Planning (click, p 4; 2013)
  • Planning Sustainable Transportation Improvements Using STARS (Sustainable Transportation Analysis & Rating System; click; Dec 2011)
  • Sharpening Community Sustainability Planning with a Strategic Approach Workshop (click; Oct 2011)
    • Mock Strategic Sustainability Plan – South Bay (click)
    • Quick Start Guide to Strategic Sustainability (click)
  • Northern Section/SFSU Department of Urban Studies & Planning Client Project – Leveraging Leading Edge Sustainability Planning (click)

We collaborate periodically with the Section’s Planners Working Group on Energy and the Built Environment, local universities, institutes, and planning departments.

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