EarthFest 2015 Recap – Youth Engagement and Planning

EarthFest 2015

“If you could do whatever you wanted with this lot, what would you do and why?”  David, age 9, responded, “I would plan a kingdom so that I could be king.”  If only we could all have the visionary powers to dream up a kingdom like David (and if only it were that easy)!  Along with David, hundreds of curious young visitors stopped by the APAPA-SE activity booth at Temple University’s EarthFest 2015 at the Ambler Campus on Friday, April 24th.  They each were prompted to respond to that same question we asked David.

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Featured Job Listing: Planning Associate I


Michael Baker International is looking for a Planning Associate I for their Philadelphia office.

Click here for the full job description!

May 11: Emerging Professionals Happy Hour at Founding Fathers


Join APAPASE for happy hour! We will be mingling and enjoying drinks on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 PM at Founding Fathers Bar, which is located at 1612 South Street. Please come to celebrate the end of the semester, passing the AICP exam, or simply to spend time with your fellow Planners! This happy hour is open to all: emerging professionals, emerged professionals, and friends.

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May 6: Legal and Regulatory Context of Green Infrastructure

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series

Legal and Regulatory Context of Green Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 6th at 4pm (EST)

Hill Seminar Room – Drexel University – Lebow Engineering Room 240 – 31st and Market Sts, Phila, PA


Larry Levine, Senior Attorney, Water Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

John Nystedt, Restoration Specialist, Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Fred Stine, Citizen Action Coordinator, Delaware Riverkeeper Network


Please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance here:

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May 6: QUE at U Bar


Join QUE on May 6 at U Bar!

Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at the U bar (1220 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) on Wednesday May 6 at 5:30 pm. Note that we are starting a little earlier as suggested during the April meet up, but you are still welcome to join if you can’t make it till 6.

We’re going to do brief updates on all of our projects. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out our Meeting Notes from our last meeting. We created a summary for each project which included a description and highlights of what the next steps are. We will also look at the happy hour and say what we liked and what could make it better next time and start planning the next large mixer.

Can’t make it?  You can sign to the group and find out more on Facebook at and on Google Groups at You can also see Meeting Notes in our Files.

May 20: Fit City PHL

Fit City PHL is a half-day symposium designed to explore the concept of active design, and strategies for improving health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. It will bring together architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, developers, and public health professionals to learn about how our environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends our communities are currently facing – particularly obesity and other chronic conditions.

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May 13: Philadelphia Then and Now: Are Times Really A-Changin’?

Philadelphia Then and Now: Are Times Really A-Changin’?
An Interview with Harris Steinberg

The DVSGA invites you to a conversation with Harris Steinberg, Executive Director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University.

Harris will speak on “Philadelphia Then and Now:  Are the Times Really A-Changin?” and then participate in a Q&A led by Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Have we turned the corner?  Has Philadelphia finally come around to embracing the role of planning and design in city life and economic development?  Big projects such as the new Comcast Innovation Center to Drexel’s ambitious plans for University City are reshaping the skyline while smaller interventions such as Sister Cities Park and Schuylkill Banks are making the city livable.

Click here to register!

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Lots of Planning Events for Philly Tech Week


Philly Tech Week starts this Friday!

Here is a list of events that may be of interest to Planners & Geo Spatial Analysts.

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May 28: Zoned Out

Zoned Out: Fair Housing Solutions Symposium

Presented by Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania

The Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania is hosting a fair housing symposium dedicated to zoning, planning and land use topics on Thursday May 28, 2015 from 9:00 – 3:00 in Willow Grove. The day long symposium, designed for local government officials, solicitors, attorneys, planners and housing advocates, will include presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities with HUD, expert attorneys and local agencies.
This is a FREE event and is sponsored by the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and Bucks-Chester-Montgomery Link to Aging and Disability Resources.

Register Here.

Two Upcoming Young Professionals in Transportation Events

April Happy Hour with Penn Design UrbTrans

We’ll be holding our April Happy Hour with Penn Design UrbTrans on Thursday, April 16th at 5:30pm at Smokin’ Betty’s (11th and Sansom). This will be a great networking opportunity for students, academics, and practitioners in transportation.

You can register for the event and learn more here!


Second Annual Transpo Roundup

We’re pleased to announce that YPT Philly will be hosting the Transpo Roundup again this year! The event will be Tuesday April 28th at Field House (1150 Filbert), beginning at 5:30pm.

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