“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.
- Learn about the committee (see About and Bios).
- Join the e-Update list of resources and events 1-3/mo.
- Contribute your expertise (articles, events, blog posts), or
- Join the leadership work group and pursue your interests within your time constraints.
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The Sustainability Committee brings planners credible knowledge, powerful tools, and inspiring and instructive cases that highlight innovative sustainability planning 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 (guest post),
- workshops, and events (see the Resources and Publishing pages).
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.
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
- 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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