Sustainability Committee

Plan-it sustainably!

“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.

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:

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.

Committee Highlights

  • 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)
    • Mock Strategic Sustainability Plan – South Bay (click)
    • Quick Start Guide to Strategic Sustainability (click)
  • Northern Section/SFSU Department of Urban Studies & Planning Client Project – Leveraging Leading Edge Sustainability Planning (click)

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