March 12: Breaking Ground


Breaking Ground: Building Livable Communities in Greater Philadelphia: The Next 50 Years

Thursday, March 12, 2015

8:30 AM – 3:15 PM

The Union League of Philadelphia

140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

This year DVRPC celebrates 50 years of planning for the Greater Philadelphia region. Join  local leaders, city planners, and economic development professionals to discuss the next 50 years of growth, preservation, and change!  This one-day conference will consider the roles of technology and local government, big and small cities adapting to climate change, and sustainable transportation networks, among other issues that Greater Philadelphia will face in the coming decades.

Registration and Preliminary Program are available at:

Registration is open until March 8, 2015.

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Help Improve the Southeast Section Bylaws

The Southeast Section of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is examining their bylaws to better coordinate with State and National chapters, update to current policies, and improve in general.

We are seeking a few volunteers with this effort!  Please email to volunteer or with any questions.

Dec. 3: Green Stormwater Infrastructure

The next presentation of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd at 4pm at Drexel University. A webinar option will also be provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance at

Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Nexus Between Sustainability & Public Health?

Dr. Charles N. Haas, Drexel University

Historically, the development of cities was facilitated by draining stormwater into sewers and conveyance to receiving waterbodies. It has now been recognized that such “gray” infrastructure solutions result in an alteration of natural hydrology (which would have greater infiltration) and can produce adverse physical, chemical and biological effects in receiving waters. More recently, classes of “sustainable” or “green” stormwater infrastructure have been developed with the key design aim of managing stormwater flow by trying to achieve greater similarity to natural (pre-development) hydrology. These systems include: green roofs; vegetated swales; porous pavement or parking; tree pits; and roof captured rainwater beneficially used (gardens, toilets, etc.)

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Nov. 20: The Great Millennial Mouth Off

The Great Millennial Mouth Off

Thursday, November 20, 2014

6:00 – 8:30 PM

Impact HUB (1227 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122)

Tickets available at:

There’s a huge mayoral election next spring–what matters most to you?

The Great Millennial Mouth Off is a night of debate and dialogue, a friendly competition designed to surface ideas that can move Philadelphia forward in three critical areas: Economic Development, Education and City Planning. Using unique conversation stickers, attendees will expand on, challenge, and bring focus to ideas while naturally mingling and moving throughout the room. Prizes will be awarded not only for the best ideas, but for ideas that generate the most conversation.

Attendees will be joined throughout the evening by prominent experts/coaches who will be rolling up their sleeves to play alongside. Experts include:

Ajay Raju, CEO – Dilworth Paxson

Meryl Levitz, CEO –

Liz Dow, CEO – Leadership Philadelphia

Sam Katz, filmmaker – History Making Productions

Jane Golden, Executive Director – Mural Arts

Richard Maimon, Principal Architect – Kieran-Timberlake

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Nov. 8: World Town Planning Day



NOVEMBER 8, 2014





Join your fellow planners for the first Creative Connect of the season at the Logan Square Café’ in Sister Cities Park! This event provides a casual get together to network with other colleagues, share inspirational world travels and tales of creative experiences from cities from around the world.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary founding of the International Society of City and Regional Planners.

Nov. 12-14: Design on the Delaware


If you missed the APA PA State Conference….you can get your AICP CM Credits at this year’s Design on the Delaware, November 12 – 14, 2014 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel and Center for Architecture

The conference offers 23 Accredited AICP CM.  You can earn up 15 AICP CM including the 1.5 AICP CM Law requirement.

Course topics include green infrastructure, creating parks and other public spaces, transportation infrastructure, designing trails, business campus planning, riverfront planning, stormwater management, form-based code and more.

Registration fees as low as $235 for November 12th or 13th; $325 for November 12th and 13th. Individually priced tours are available November 14th .

Click here for complete schedule and to register (

Nov. 5: Green Infrastructure and Coastal Resilience

The next presentation of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, November 5th at 4pm at Drexel University.  A webinar option will also be provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance at

Green Infrastructure and Coastal Resilience

Adrian Benepe and Philip Orton

The topic for this session is green infrastructure and the urban coast, discussing the current state of natural hazard resilience and climate change adaptation.  Hurricane Sandy caused coastal flooding in Northern New Jersey and New York City that exceeded any levels reached in over three hundred years of the region’s history.  Philip Orton will place Sandy’s flood heights in the context of historically increasing storm tides and sea levels and will demonstrate how he is using hydrodynamic modeling to examine the efficacy of nature-based and vertical barrier based approaches. In response to resilience and adaptation, Adrian Benepe will discuss the benefits of storm water capture provided by natural green infrastructure and on wetland preservation. Adrian will focus on parks as green infrastructure, concentrating on The Trust for Public Land’s work around the country.

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Mentors Needed for Future City Philadelphia

Happy October from Future City Philadelphia.  The program is going strong with 46 schools registered.  Here is the current list of schools that need mentors:

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Nov. 5: Health Equity and Planning Ethics (1.5 CM Ethics)

Equity and ethics are not identical, but they do intersect. Listen as AICP planners and allied health professionals probe this important topic. How is health equity being addressed, and how does it relate to planning? What ethical codes do public health professionals follow, and where’s the intersection with planning ethics? Examine the role equity plays in various ethical frameworks and find out how communities and planners are taking on health equity.

This event offers 1.5 AICP CM Ethics credits.

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Oct. 30-Nov. 2: Big Ideas, Global Impacts

2014 ACSP 54th Annual Conference

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning is holding its annual conference in Philadelphia October 30 – November 2 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.  Today’s planning researchers and practitioners grapple with “big ideas”. From big data to fundamental restructuring of the world’s economy to climate change, the challenges of planning have changed dramatically. These challenges are daunting but they provide unprecedented opportunities for planning to have global impacts like never before. With these big challenges in mind, the Philadelphia ACSP conference aims to provide opportunities to address the big issues of today and tomorrow. Many of the sessions are approved for CM credits.

One day registration as a local practitioner is available.  Please visit for more details and use the attachment to register as a local practitioner: Local Practitioner Form