Research Program (Sustainability Committee)

SFSU+Team+2011We are developing a research program to address members’ sustainability planning challenges, and to harness academic research for application in practice and practice issues to inform research.

Become a research partner. The Committee welcomes collaboration with,

  • planning departments,
  • university planning, environmental, and urban studies programs (individual and group research projects, Charrette problems, class content)
  •  individual students • non-profit organizations,
  • community groups,
  • or other Board Committees or APA Chapters, Sections, Divisions or initiatives.

The Committee has developed a research partner relationship with Professor Charisma Acey, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley. The partnership led to three events around her upper division sustainability class projects that focused on the Plan Bay Area and effects on local sustainability planning, the APA’s comprehensive plan sustainability criteria and initiative, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their implications for local practice.

Current project ideas 

  • Associated with the APA Sustainable Community Division’s Sustainability Champions Program and collaboration of the California champion with the APA California Board, Scott T. Edmondson, AICP, will be launching a statewide collaborative research project to take stock of California communities’ sustainability planning best practices and challenges (2016).
  • (others forthcoming)

Past APA-SFSU Client Project. In 2011, we developed a client project that three students selected for their senior capstone class in San Francisco State University’s Urban Studies Program. Through the project, they deepened their understanding of innovative sustainability planning, the challenges of accelerating it, and identified illustrative cases focusing on the Northern Section. More details on the project and the results of their work are available here.

Contact Scott at with your ideas for applied research projects within the broad arena of sustainability planning innovation.

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