Tag Archive for environment and sustainability

Feb. 7: Healthy Communities Task Force Meeting: Climate Change and Public Health

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Coffee and Tea available at 9:00am

Meeting starts at 9:30am

Lunch served after meeting from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

 

DVRPC’s Main Conference Room

The ACP Building – 8th Floor

190 N. Independence Mall West

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Confirmed presenters include:

  • Jessica Caum, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

To RSVP, please visit https://dvrpc.ticketleap.com/climate-change-and-public-health/.

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Aug. 2: Integrating Health Into Comprehensive Planning

DVRPC is excited to host a one-day, interactive workshop, Integrating Health into Comprehensive Planning, on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 9AM – 4PM at DVRPC.  The workshop will be facilitated by Beth Altshuler, Senior Associate and Epidemiologist/Urban Planner with Raimi + Associates.

There is a growing interest in and awareness of the role that the built environment plays in supporting healthy individuals and communities. Recognizing that comprehensive plans help guide how a community grows and can support the development of healthier spaces and lifestyles, DVRPC’s Healthy Communities Task Force is hosting a hands-on workshop that will provide attendees with a better understanding of how to integrate health into their communities’ planning processes. 

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EarthFest 2016 Recap – Youth Engagement and Planning

 

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Over 200 curious young visitors stopped by the APAPA-SE activity booth at Temple University’s EarthFest 2016 on April 22nd.  An annual event at the Ambler Campus, EarthFest promotes environmental awareness to elementary and middle school students from across the region.  Continuing a multi-year tradition, APAPA-SE hosted a booth to support the effort.  This year, our four volunteers engaged students in two planning activities – one related to transportation and the other land use – to give them a very basic idea of what planners do on a regular basis.

The transportation-related activity had students placing stickers to indicate whether they walk, bike, drive, or take the bus to get to school, visit friends/family, visit park/playgrounds, and go shopping. While not exactly scientific, this informal survey had over 230 responses and provided some interesting results (see the tally we put together and feel free to draw your own conclusions). Overall, the kids were really excited about the activity – especially the stickers – and it got them thinking about the pros and cons of how they travel, both for their own personal health and the health of the environment.
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April 29: Placemaking: Revitalizing Commercial Corridors in Philadelphia

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Join the Planning and Community Development Department at Temple University and its partners for a full day of learning and engagement on placemaking strategies used to revitalize commercial corridors in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.  The morning public lecture is free and open to the public.  The afternoon design workshop is limited to 25 Temple University students.

Morning Public Lecture 9:00-Noon

Learn successful placemaking strategies that have turned commercial corridors into lively public places. Philadelphia community leaders will share their stories on how they have incorporated arts, market spaces, cultural resources, and green spaces to activate and revitalize commercial corridors. Coffee and donuts will be served.

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Spring Into CM Credits!

Looking to get a jump start on CM credits for your reporting period? There are a plethora of events and webinars offering American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification Maintenance (CM) credits this spring in Southeastern Pennsylvania. From parks and solar energy to economic development and historic preservation, there are trainings on a wide variety of topics—including those always important law and ethics credits!

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Volunteers Needed for EarthFest 2016 on April 22

 

EarthFest 2016

Continuing a multi-year tradition, APAPA-SE will be hosting a booth at Temple’s EarthFest with educational materials and activities related to the planning profession.  We are looking for volunteers to help staff an interactive booth.  Volunteers can sign up for the full event, a portion of the event, or even just the setup period (begins around 8:00 AM).  It is a great opportunity to share our profession with local students while spending the day outside in a festival atmosphere!  No need to be a Temple alumni or student (although they are certainly welcome).

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about the event, please contact John Federico at jefederico@urbanengineers.com.

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April 4-6: Creating Climate Resilient Communities Training

Not going to Phoenix for the national APA conference? A more local offering is the Local Solutions: Eastern Regional Climate Preparedness Conference. Taking place April 4 – 6, 2016 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, this capacity-building, “how to” conference, convened by Antioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness & Community Resilience in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is designed to build capacity for local decision makers from throughout the eastern United States.  Days 1 and 2 focus on The Built Environment, Ecosystem & Human Health, Community Engagement and Communication, and Planning & Process.  CM credits are available.  More information and registration is available at http://www.communityresilience-center.org/conference-2016/

April 4: Parks That Reshape Cities (1.25 CM Credits)

Photo credit: Christina Arlt

Photo credit: Christina Arlt

 

Parks That Reshape Cities (1.25 CM Credits)

Monday, April 4, 2016, 1:15 PM — 2:45 PM

 

A new breed of parks is boosting tourism and urban transformation. Explore the surprising benefits. Parks have become an unexpected driver of both tourism and urban transformation. Learn about new approaches to urban parks, from reusing industrial sites to rethinking design and function. Hear about unexpected uses, economic benefits, and enticing ways to attract people to parks. Where do parks fit into the work of the planning commission? Find out in a program designed for commissioners as well as planners.

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Oct. 6: Join Us for the First in a Series of Habitat III Seminars

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to take place in Quito, Ecuador, October 2016. It will offer a unique opportunity to discuss the important challenges of how cities, towns, and villages are planned and managed in order to fulfill their roles as drivers of sustainable development, and hence shape the implementation of new global development and climate change goals.

“The battle for a more sustainable future will be won or lost in cities.” World Urban Campaign

How we plan, build, and manage our cities now will determine the outcome of our efforts to achieve a sustainable and harmonious development tomorrow. Well-planned cities afford all residents the opportunity to lead safe, healthy, and productive lives. Well-designed cities present nations with major opportunities to promote social inclusion, resilience, and prosperity.

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EarthFest 2015 Recap – Youth Engagement and Planning

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“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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