APA Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) Symposium: Climate, Decarbonization, & Systems Thinking

APA Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) Symposium: Climate, Decarbonization, & Systems Thinking

APA Sustainable Communities Division (SCD) Symposium: Climate, Decarbonization, & Systems Thinking

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Please join us for the second annual SCD Symposium (virtual) focused on climate change and equity. This symposium will be divided into three sessions, providing a deep dive into SCD member resources, focus on the Division’s PAS Report & leadership on climate change, decarbonization, and how & why planners are applying systems thinking in their work.

Registered attendees will receive a Zoom webinar link prior to the event (REGISTER now). You can attend one session, or multiple sessions. CM Credits will be available for individual sessions. AICP CM Credits pending (3.5 hours).

Thursday, February 23, 2023
(1-5 pm EST, 12-4 pm CST, 11 am – 3 pm MST, 10 am – 2 pm PST)

Welcome & Introduction:  Karla Ebenbach, Chair-Elect of the APA Sustainable Communities Division and Shannon Roberts, Partnerships Co-Chair (10 min)

Session 1: Sustainable Communities Division Leadership in Climate Action & Resilience (40 min)
PAS Report Deep Dive (Matt Bucchin) – 20 min
2023 Preview of Sustainability and Resilience CMs (Karla Ebenbach) – 10 min
Q&A – 10 min

Break 1: 10 min

Session 2: Decarbonization: Operational + Embodied (1 hour, 20 min)
As the discussion of combatting climate change is shifting from reducing energy consumption to decarbonizing our networks – our panel will explore what this means at the federal, state, municipal and project levels.

Donny Goris-Kolb – VHB – Moderator
Lance Davis – GSA
Chad Laurent – Cadmus
Prof. John Nolon – Pace Law School
Maxine Paul – Adelante Consulting
Greg Mella – Smithgroup

Break 2: 10 min

Session 3: Applying Systems Thinking (1 hour, 20 min)
How can and why should systems thinking be applied to our built environments? How should planners, architects, and engineers incorporate this way of thinking to address our changing climate and the inequities which disproportionally affect the most vulnerable in our communities? Learn how our panel is applying systems thinking in their work and where they would like to see it expand in the future.

Shannon Roberts – Jacobs – Moderator
Mark Reiner – Jacobs
Scott Edmondson – SF Planning; Sustainability2030
Kirstin Weeks – Bio Studio
Sandy Mendler – Gensler

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Additional Details

Event Cost - No cost.

APA member cost - No cost.

CM Credits - 3.5 in total divided across the 3 sessions.

Credits pending or approved - Pending

CM Credits topic area(s) - Planning Methods and Tools, Social Justice and Equity, Sustainability & Resilience

Speaker names

Ethics credits -

Law credits -

Sustainability/Resilience credits - 3.5

Equity credits -

Event registration closed.

Date And Time

Thu, Feb 23 @ 10:00 AM to
Thu, Feb 23 @ 02:00 PM

Registration End Date

Wed, Feb 22


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