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 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 brings planners credible knowledge, powerful tools, and inspiring and instructive cases that highlight innovative sustainability planning via:

The Committee emphasizes strategic sustainability planning because it is a powerful approach; it is watching and advancing the emerging arena of regenerative city planning because it is a potential paradigm change for creating the built environment of sustainable communities in a sustainable world (Resources).

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

Upcoming Event–Feb 24th, Low-Carbon Communities

6:00 – 7:30 PM, SPUR, 654 Mission Street, SAN FRANCISCO. Beverages and light snacks available. A new, neighborhood-scale greenhouse gas inventory of the Bay Area suggests that responding effectively to climate change requires a more nuanced, place-based approach. The authors of the study – Chris Jones of UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, and David Burch of BAAQMD – will present their findings and lead a discussion about necessary planning and behavioral changes. Co-presented by the APA California Northern Sustainability Committee and the Planners Working Group on Energy and the Built Environment. Free for APA and SPUR members, $10 for non-members. For more information, click here, or contact Josh Hohn at

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