Tag Archive for environment and sustainability

2018 Farm Bill: What Does It Mean for Planners and Public Health Professionals?

What is the Farm Bill?

The farm bill is a comprehensive, multi-year federal law that authorizes most federal policies governing food and agriculture.  The most recent farm bill—The Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79), commonly referred to as the 2014 Farm Bill—has 12 titles that encompass a range of issues and programs including farm commodities and income supports, nutrition programs like the Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), farmland and environmental conservation, crop insurance, and rural development.  Nutrition programs constitute the majority of the farm bill, accounting for 80 percent of the funds historically and projected to be spent on farm bill programs.  Farm commodity supports, crop insurance, and conservation programs comprise 8 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively.[1]

The 2014 Farm Bill, which was signed into law in February 2014, is set to expire on September 30, 2018.  Since Congress debates, updates, and reauthorizes the farm bill approximately every five years, discussions about the next farm bill are already happening, both in Congress and across the country.

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Next Week’s Annual Event: Water, Water Everywhere

Join us for APAPASE’s Annual Event, which includes an opportunity to meet and mingle with other Greater Philadelphia planners, hear an educational presentation (1 CM credit requested), and honor the winners of the John E. Pickett Student Scholarship competition. Ticket price includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Water, Water Everywhere: A Dialogue on Flooding and Disasters in Greater Philadelphia

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season is on track to be one of the top ten most active seasons on record, with five major hurricanes, and a streak of eight straight hurricanes from August 9 to September 29. This begs the question: what is the role of planners and planning in reducing risk to flooding and increasing community resilience? How can flood risk reduction meet other community planning goals, like water quality improvement, neighborhood development, and community cohesion? Join us at the APAPASE Annual Event to explore these issues and more. A panel of water and resilience planners will explore these issues and more with APA members from across the region.

Tickets:
$30 for members/students
$35 for non-members
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apa-pa-southeast-2017-annual-event-tickets-38509904160

Speakers include:

  • Avery Livengood, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Chris Linn, DVRPC
  • Jon Lesher, Montgomery County Planning Commission
  • Chrissy Caggiano, Michael Baker International

2017 Annual Event Flyer

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Oct. 12: FitCityPHL

You’re invited to FitCityPHL 3!

FitCityPHL is an annual full-day symposium that explores design strategies in workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health. It brings together individuals representing the sectors of public health, architecture, planning, design, landscape architecture, development,  research and evaluation, academia, philanthropy, and government to learn about how the built environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends currently facing communities – particularly obesity and other chronic conditions.

At this year’s symposium, attendees will interact with public sector leaders in a town hall format, learn about community engagement and workplace active design strategies, and participate in several walking tours highlighting local examples of active design.
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Carpool to State College

APA PA Southeast created a carpool match to make it easier for you to carpool to State College for the 2017 APA PA conference.

We’ve created a link to help planners from the Southeast Section share rides to the conference at http://bit.ly/APAPA17Carpool. Please use this link to share information on your ride needs and availability. We hope this will be more useful than messaging on social media (though you are welcome to add comments below). Please consider posting your ride if you are already driving and have extra space.

Why carpool? People carpool for different reasons. Carpooling is great for budgetary reasons, eco-friendly philosophies, meeting new people, convenience, stress reduction, and more! The trip can be the start and capstone to the fun of the conference, as Southeast Section planners found out during the 2012 Erie Conference. Though there isn’t a van this year, there is still a chance to have an easier, cheaper, friendlier trip to State College through carpooling!

The “Erie Eleven” vanpool of 2012!

Teach Green Values: Become a Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Ambassador

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (KPB) is looking for passionate volunteers to serve as sustainability ambassadors at School District of Philadelphia schools. Sustainability ambassadors will be responsible for leading presentations on neighborhood beautification measures, such as recycling and composting.

KPB provides in-person training and presentation materials to ambassadors prior to engagement activities. The presentations have been developed with the Philadelphia Streets Department and the School District of Philadelphia through the District’s GreenFutures initiative (GreenFutures). A commitment of 2, 1-hour presentations per semester is required, and volunteers will be assigned to schools that have expressed interest in the program.

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Call for Papers: 2017 John Pickett Memorial Scholarship Awards

APAPASE is looking for Graduate School program papers (individual and group) about topics and issues relevant to the Delaware Valley Region. Eligible papers can address contemporary planning-related topics, such as sustainability, Smart Growth, and energy planning, and include methods for achieving implementation. Papers must be generated through graduate level studios and/or class/course assignments.

Click here for more details. Deadline extended to October 13!

Funding Opportunity: Delaware Watershed Research Fund

The Delaware Watershed Research Fund (DWRF) is an opportunity for research funding intended to complement the broader watershed protection work of the William Penn Foundation.  A total of $5 million is designated for the Delaware Watershed Research Fund to build on the goals of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), a program working to ensure water quality in the Delaware Basin through restoration, protection, and monitoring of watersheds.
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May 18: Stormwater Management: Compliance, Coordination & Cost

APA-PA’s Central Section is hosting a full day workshop May 18th in Harrisburg on various aspects of stormwater management.  Attendees will learn why stormwater regulations have continued to evolve, how one county is leading a successful collaborative regional effort to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance, and what a municipality can expect if EPA comes knocking. A presentation on stormwater best management practices will demonstrate how implementation of such projects can maximize both environmental and economic returns. Additionally, a municipality and its consultant will share their experience with creating a stormwater authority to address planning, funding, design, implementation, and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure.  Registration details are on the attachment.

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Three Walkability Webinars for the Philadelphia Region

Join DVRPC and the Montgomery County Planning Commission for three webinars about walkability.
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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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