“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.
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- Sign up for the Committee’s e-Update Newsletter.
- Contribute your expertise (articles, events, blog posts), or
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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:
- this web site,
- the e-Update newsletter (sign up),
- the Plan-It Sustainably column in the Northern News,
- the Plan-It Sustainably Journal-Blog (this website) (guest post),
- workshops and events (see the Resources, Publishing, and Research pages).
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).
- 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)
- 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.
Recent Plan-it sustainably Blog Posts
- Sustainable Water Policy Challenges
- Passive House Brussels Tour – Benchmark for NYC Plan
- Planning for low-carbon communities
- Living community patterns — bits and pieces of next-generation urban form?
- Regenerative Neighborhoods – scaling up from net positive buildings
- Urban “Systems” Planning
- Introduction to Strategic Sustainability – An On-Line Distance Course
- Living Community Patterns — A collaboration between SF Planning and ILFI;
- Strategic Neighborhood Sustainability Planning in Canada: Amazing Neighbourhoods: Engagement and Sustainability Planning Guide (Alberta Version)
- TNS Directions (Announcement)- Public Domain access to the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD).
- National APA Sustainable Communities Division
- International Living Future Institute’s Living Cities Design Competition (p 16, Plan-it sustainably) – Explorations of a positive end game (net zero now)
Key Resources (click here)
- Sustainability in 2 minutes (youtube)
- APA Policy Guide on Planning for Sustainability
- APA Sustaining Places Initiative
- APA PAS Rpt. 567—Sustaining Places: The Role of Comprehensive Planning
- APA Sustainable Community Planning Interest Group
- Neighborhood Strategic Sustainability Planning
- Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development
- Integrated Community Sustainability Planning Guide
- Institute for Eco-Municipality Education and Assistance, (and book)
- The Biophilic City Planning and Design Research Project
- RMLUI and Sustainable Zoning
- Eco-Districts and the Portland Sustainability Institute
- San Francisco’s Sustainability and EcoDistrict Program Framework
- The Living Future Institute, Building Challenge, and Framework (PDF)
- Resource Renewal Institute’s Comprehensive Green Planning Framework
- ICLEI and Sustainable Cities
- One Planet Framework
- How Possible is Sustainable Development Edward Jepson, Planning Practice & Research.
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