Certified Stormwater Inspector (Municipal) Training Available in May

The National Stormwater Center is offering Certified Stormwater Inspector (municipal) training in the following locations:

  • Harrisburg, PA on May 7-8, 2018
  • Philadelphia, PA on May 10-11, 2018

Designed specifically for municipal personnel the course offers training and certification to demonstrate, for the record, that inspectors are qualified.

Inspectors who take the course learn:

  •   how to inspect construction, commercial, and industrial, and municipal activities
  •   what to inspect
  •   the limits of their authority
  •   appropriate demeanor
  •   appropriate discretion

They also learn about the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the six Minimum Control Measures, and how to better implement and support their MS4 stormwater program.

Graduates of the Certified Stormwater Inspector course receive certification for 5 years and continuing education units, and ongoing, unlimited support of the National Stormwater Center.  All instructors have stormwater enforcement experience at the Federal or State level.

Registration is available on the website (www.npdes.com) for all classes.

 

April 12: Join Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) Meetup

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Prohibition Taproom at 501 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia at 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 12. Since the weather didn’t agree with us last time, we’ll try it again. We are going to run out to check out the Reading Viaduct Rail Park at some point (or maybe in shifts).

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June 3 – 6: Embracing Change: Empowering Your Community’s Revitalization Effort hosted by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center

“Embracing Change: Empowering Your Community’s Revitalization Effort”
Pennsylvania’s Premier Revitalization Conference

Location:  Chester County Historical Society and Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, Downtown West Chester, PA

Dates:  June 3rd through 6th, 2018

Opening Keynote Speaker:  David Greene, host of NPR’s Morning Edition

Closing Keynote Speaker:  Philip J. Merrill, CEO and Founder of Nanny Jack & Company, an African American heritage consulting business

As Pennsylvania’s program coordinator for the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Downtown Center will host its annual statewide conference June 3-6, 2018, in West Chester, PA, with the theme – Embracing Change – Empowering the Future of Your Community’s Revitalization Effort

We anticipate 250 or so attendees not only from Pennsylvania but also from neighboring states of Delaware, New Jersey and even parts of Maryland who represent downtown organizations, municipalities, heritage groups, preservation advocates and other community revitalization professionals.

Throughout the four days we’ll hear from state and national leaders and we’ll discuss new partnerships for creating more entrepreneurial and equitable communities with a focus on innovation, technology, diversity in all its forms and constantly evolving life style preferences. We’ll explore how we shop, how we play, how we engage in our communities and how we interact as a society.

Our concurrent sessions will take place mostly at Uptown! Knauer Theatre and our meals, plenary, and exhibitors will be at the Chester County Historical Society. Mobile tours are also on the schedule both in West Chester, neighboring Kennett Square, and Phoenixville.  We are pleased that our annual awards gala, the Townies, will be in Sykes Hall at West Chester University on Tuesday evening, June 5th.

Find out more at https://padowntown.org/conference

Early Bird rates through April 27, 2018

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Temple CRP – Bicycle Parking Survey

Graduate students of Temple University’s City and Regional Planning Department are conducting a study to better understand bicycle parking demand within Center City Philadelphia for the Bicycle Coalition of Gre ater Philadelphia.

As part of the project, the students have developed a short survey to better understand the use of existing bicycle parking infrastructure and user preferences within the Center City District. Help inform their study by taking the survey here.

To learn more about the project you can visit this recent blog post.

For any questions regarding the project or survey, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Doshna at doshna@temple.edu

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2018 Great Places in Pennsylvania Nominations Open

The PA Chapter of the American Planning Association recently kicked-off its 2018 Great Places in Pennsylvania Program.  Great Places are unique, memorable places where people want to be – not only to visit, but to live, work and/or play every day.  They serve as a model that other communities want to emulate – places of exemplary character, quality planning, identity, cultural interest and community involvement with a sustainable vision for the future.

Nominations are now open and we’re seeking the nomination of Great Public Spaces and Great Greenways/Trails. If you know a special public space or greenway/trail that truly stands out in what it offers residents and visitors, NOMINATE IT!!!!  A Great Place in your community demonstrates the importance of planning, provides an opportunity for promotion and tourism, and illustrates how local policies and projects strengthen our communities.

You can view the Program Guidelines, Category Criteria and Nomination Form on the APA PA website. The Great Places in PA 2018 Program Announcement Flyer also contains links to the Program materials and the Nomination Form. The deadline for Nominations is April 17, 2018.

Great Places in PA 2018 Prg Announcement Flyer

April 14: TransportationCamp PHL 2018

Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), WTS, and Drexel’s Lindy Institute are co-hosting TransportationCamp PHL 2018 on April 14. Registration is open at http://transportationcamp.org/events/phl2018/.

TransportationCamp is positioned as “where technology meets transportation.” Transportation of people and products is an issue of increasing importance with direct impacts on economic strength, environmental sustainability, and social equity. Advances in technology such as mobile computing, open source software and APIs, spatial analysis and others presents an opportunity to improve mobility more immediately and at a lower cost than has been possible in the past. TransportationCamp builds connections between disparate innovators in diverse fields including public administration, transportation operations, transportation planning, information design and software engineering.

The inaugural Philadelphia incarnation of the participant-driven TransportationCamp conference series follows an “unconference” format, lending itself to a more pertinent, thought-provoking, and active event. This link shows what exactly an “unconference” is: http://transportationcamp.org/2011/02/how-transportationcamp-works-the-essential-guide/

Questions? Contact transportationcampphl@gmail.com

See the event flyer for more details.

Mar. 20: Join Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) Meetup

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Prohibition Taproom at 501 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 20. We are going to run out to check out the Reading Viaduct Rail Park at some point (or maybe in shifts).

Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/191926611400267/

Meetup Event – https://www.meetup.com/Queer-Urbanist-Exchange/events/248259816/

Can’t make it?  Select your availability in April at https://doodle.com/poll/94wzdrk5nbq5stmb.

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March 1: 2018 Edmund N. Bacon Awards + Talk Honoring Enrique Peñalosa

March 1: 2018 Edmund N. Bacon Awards + Talk Honoring Enrique Peñalosa

Join the Center for Design and Architecture in honoring Enrique Peñalosa and the student winners of the 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge. Enrique Peñalosa was selected to receive the 2018 Edmund N. Bacon Award because of the world-wide influence his pioneering initiatives as mayor of Bogotá, Colombia have had on public transportation, infrastructure investment, and public space, including on cities such as Philadelphia and New York City.

The 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge coincides with the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s challenge, Philadelphia’s Next ‘Park+Way’ asked student teams to share their grand vision of what a new ‘Parkway’ could be in a dense and developed 21st century city and how Philadelphia’s existing natural and cultural resources could be better linked with their neighboring communities. Come meet the winning teams and see their visions for the next great Philadelphia Parkway.

The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception for all in attendance.

Date:
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Location:

Moore College of Art & Design

1919 Race Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost:

$150 | VIP
$20 | General Admission
$5 | College Student
FREE | High School Student
*email photo of your VALID Student ID to david@PhiladelphiaCFA.org for discount code

Details: Eventbrite

Rick Collier Named to AICP College of Fellows (FAICP)

Richard (Rick) Collier has achieved the planning profession’s highest honor by being named to the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners College of Fellows (FAICP) for his outstanding achievements in environmental planning. Fellowship is granted to planners who have achieved certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners, and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Invitations to join the College of Fellows come after a thorough nomination and review process, ensuring the candidate has had a positive, long-lasting impact on the planning profession.

Mr. Collier is a career planner specializing in environmental planning, land use, site design, and resource protection for the public/private sector spending the first half of career at WRT and the latter half in private practice as a principal of LandConcepts Group, LLC which he helped establish in 1998.  He has been a board member of the APA PA SE Section for over 20 years, serving as Treasurer, and also actively serves on several other boards and associations including the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, PennDesign (U of PA) Alumni Association, Upper Dublin Planning Board, Temple Ambler Arboretum Advisory Committee, Princeton Regional Planning Board (serves as an advisor), and Carson Valley School for disadvantaged children.  He has led numerous resource and preservation plans and projects across the country and internationally; several of which have won awards.  Rick is also an active planning instructor, teaching courses for APA, U of PA, Temple University (Center for Sustainable Communities), Drexel University, and Montgomery County Land Trust.