“The best way to predict the future is to create it!
As William McDonough says, “Being less bad is NOT being good.” That is the challenge of our time–moving from less bad (per unit impact reduction) to good (zero impact), or better yet, to great (restorative/regenerative impact), post-haste.
Another McDonough formulation unwittingly captures the 21st century planning challenge—creating buildings like trees and cities like forests. What changes in our planning system (vision, policies, zoning, guidelines, methods) would responding to this challenge require? The answer is the work in progress called sustainability planning.
Peruse the committee’s mission, resources, and approach. Join the list to receive E-Updates about resources and events 1-3 times per month. Contribute your existing expertise and work to your colleagues through the committee’s resources (articles, advisor panel, blog posts, lead a project or event), or join the leadership work group—all in ways that meet your time constraints and interests.
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|About & Bios|
The Sustainability Committee serves Northern Section planners who are interested in deepening their capacity to respond effectively to the accelerating sustainability challenge (see About and Bios).The Committee does the legwork to connect you with credible knowledge, powerful tools, and inspiring and instructive cases. It highlights examples of innovative sustainability planning. The Committee provides information, education, and training through this web site, the Plan-It Sustainably column in the Northern News, the Plan-It Sustainably Journal-Blog (comment, subscribe via RSS, and author a guest post), workshops, and events (see the Resources and Publishing pages).
The Committee emphasizes strategic sustainability planning because it is a powerful approach that is less familiar than others, but inclusive of them (see the Resources page, Quick Start section). In addition, the Committee highlights leading edge sustainability planning–that is, the emerging integrative thread of designing, planning, and developing regenerative environments at site, district, community, and regional scales (see Resources page, Regenerative Planning section).
(012114) The growing leadership work group met in mid January to forge the Committee’s 2014 work plan (see About, Bios, and Work Plan (forthcoming)). The committee will continue publishing the Plan-it sustainably column in the Northern News and blog, produce and co-sponsor CM events, and continue to illuminate the evolving challenge and practice of sustainability planning in the Northern Section. The work began in July 2012 in partnership with the APA Colorado State Chapter’s Sustainability Committee will continue. It produced one of the new Sustainable Community Division’s by-right sessions at the 2013 National APA Conference in Chicago, Mobilizing Sustainability Planning and the publication, The Challenge of Sustainability Planning — State APA Chapters and the new APA Sustainable Communities Division (p 4).
Invitation to Collaborate
Contribute and collaborate in ways that fit your time and interests (see the Invitation to Collaborate page for details). Your work in any of the following roles would advance sustainability in the Northern Section.
- Volunteers (writers, editors, researchers, web publishing wizards)
- Northern Member Sustainability Experts (share resources, projects, expertise)
- Research Partners (University Programs, Professors, Students)
- Expert Sustainability Advisors
- Organizational Alliances and Support
Subscribe to the Committee’s email list and E-Update to stay current on events, resources, news. Send us your questions, comments, collaboration interests, and suggestions for resources you would find most valuable. We look forward to working with you, Dave Javid and Katja Irvin, co-directors (see bios)
- 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 (resources page)
- 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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