“The best way to predict the future is to create–or ‘plan–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)
- collaborating with the National APA Sustainable Communities Division’s Sustainability Champion Program,
- recruiting new members to share their expertise.
We recently joined forces with the Section’s Planners Working Group on Energy and the Built Environment (see their pages and blog), thereby expanding the Committee’s work around the energy challenges of sustainable communities and the transition to renewables.
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). The Committee also collaborates on events and research to advance thought leadership with local universities, institutes, and planning departments and to provide opportunities for student/planner dialogue.
- Sustainability Committee at the APA California Chapter Conference, Oakland, Oct 3-6, 2015. We worked hard to add some leading edge sustainability sessions to the line up, with highlights here:
- Summary of Sustainability Sessions
- List of Sustainability Sessions
- Two Sustainability Committee Supported Sessions included:
- The Ecological City: A Design Workshop, SUN, Oct 4th, 1:15 pm–2:45 pm (Session Block #3).
- Utilizing Integrated Utility Systems to Deliver Restorative City Goals, MON, Oct 5th, 1:15-2:45pm, (Session Block #7).
- We held Sustainable Neighborhood Sustainability Committee Pre-conference MeetUp at Swans Market in Old Oakland (click, on Friday, October 2, 2015). About 20 APA members and a 20-student planner team from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo enjoyed complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres, toured the adjacent C0-housing project (one of the oldest in the Nation) with the project sponsor, two residents, and the lead planner, and afterwards enjoyed dinner at The Cock & Her Farmer in Swan’s market (see here for a summary).
- 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)
Recent Plan-it sustainably Blog Posts
- UCB/APA Briefing: The UN’s New SDGs & Implications for Local Practice
- The “Wicked” Planning Problem of Bay Area Sustainability
- NEW Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
- Sustainability at the APA California Conference 2015
- Too Late for 2 Degrees? The latest from the IPCC
- News from Rio — The New UN Agenda for Sustainable Development
- The Biophilic Value “Thickens”
- Integrating Nature Into the Built Environment – Impressive Practice and Resources
- Getting to High Performance Districts, Cities, Regions & Sustainability
- APA California Conference 2015 Sustainability Sessions
- Regenerative Urbanism – A Summary
- Nature in the City — Recent Biophilic Planning Waves and the Deeper River
- APA California 2015 Conference Sustainability Sessions — The Upcoming Sustainability “Pivot” From “Less Damage” to “Regenerative Urbanism”
- 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
- 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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