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Division Discussion: Mobilizing Sustainability Planning
Activity Code: S856
Date: Sunday, April 14
Robert P. Mitchell, FAICP
Work: Bob Mitchell FAICP is the principal of his own consulting business in Boston MA. He specializes in sustainable development, land use and zoning, strategic & comprehensive planning and housing and TOD development. He also provides training programs for public officials and professionals on land use topics as well as ethics,and management and adminsitrative issues. He was formerly the Special Assistant for Planning & Sustainable Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Planning Director for Amherst MA and Director of Planning & Zoning for Burlington VT. He is a co-founder, board member and trainer for the MA Citizen Planner Training Collborative a statewide training program for public officials and professionals.
Education: Master of Regional Planning - University of Massachusetts AB - History - Providence College
Publications: APA The Commissioner - Recusing Yourself from Meetings APA CD Training program - Ethics for Planning Commissioners APA CD Training program - Creating Successful Meetings
Past Assignments: Ethics for Public Officials - APA National Conference 1997 to present. Have spoken at more than 200 international, national, regional and state conferences on a wide variety of planning, land use and management topics.
Daniel C. Lerch
Phone: (971) 207-6334
Work: As Publications Director of Post Carbon Institute, Daniel is the lead editor and manager of the Institute's major print publications, including: 'The ENERGY Reader' (2012), the four-book 'Community Resilience Guide' series (2012-13), and 'The Post Carbon Reader' (2010), a sixteen-author compilation on our interconnected sustainability crises. He is also the author of Post Carbon Cities (2007), the first major local government guidebook on the end of cheap oil. Daniel has presented to professional, government, and public audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. He has been interviewed in numerous radio, video, and print outlets, and has been quoted in major publications including The New York Times and Business Week. He has worked with urban sustainability and planning issues for over fifteen years in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Education: BA Urban Studies, Rutgers University, New Jersey. Master of Urban Studies, Portland State University, Oregon.
Publications: - Butler, T., Lerch, D., and Wuerthner, G., eds. (2012) "The Energy Reader: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth." Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media. - Lerch, D., and Heinberg, R., eds. (2010) "The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises." Healdsburg, CA: Watershed Media. - Lerch, D. (2007) "Post Carbon Cities: Planning for Energy and Climate Uncertainty." Sebastopol, CA: Post Carbon Press. - Lerch, D. (2006) "White Paper: Future Oil Supply Uncertainty and Metro." Portland, OR: Metro.
Other Publications: - Leis, J. and Lerch, D., eds. (2003) "The City Repair Project's Placemaking Guidebook." Portland, OR: The City Repair Project and Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition.
Past Assignments: Daniel has presented to professional, government, and public audiences across the United States, as well as in Canada and Europe. See http://postcarbon.org/person/daniel-lerch
Scott T. Edmondson, AICP
Strategic Sustainability Planner-Economist, San Francisco Plng Dept.
Phone: (415) 575-6818
Work: Planner-Economist, SF Planning Department, Information & Analysis Group, Citywide Plannning. Also, principal/founder, Strategic Sustainability Institute 2030. Scott is an innovative certified planner with over 25 years of experience and leadership in the areas of long range planning, sustainability planning, CEQA/NEPA compliance, facilities planning, project management, and business development. Core expertise includes economics, land use, policy research and analysis, strategic sustainability, strategic decision process and analysis. His focus is decision-support with research, analysis, innovative options, effective process, and a strategic approach. Scott recently led a successful proposal effort for San Francisco to be one of the International Living Future Institute's pilot Living City Grant recipients. This research work will focus on reweaving existing urban fabric in the context of the Department's EcoDistrict program. He has also been coordinating the Department's participation as a partner City in Professor Timothy Beatley's International Biophilic Cities research project. Scott's long-standing interest in sustainability includes work with the OECD on sustainable urban economic development (1983-84), advising the SF Sustainability Plan (1996) and its economics group, participant and SF Liaison for the BAASC Compact and Footprint project (2002/3), adding sustainability to a labor-management partnership (SF-UCP, 2005), and various writing and presentations. He has recently deepened his expertise in strategic sustainability through training in The Natural Step (www.naturalstep.ca/sustainability), developing a strategy and action plan with TNS-USA to support APA sustainability initiatives, and proposing and developing a sustainability planning learning-practice network—the Plan-It Sustainable Network--for the APA California-Northern Section. Scott is also a member of the APA Sustainable Places Initiative’s Corresponding Committee. The Committee's mission is to broaden the Task Force’s activities over time. Scott pursues his professional strategic sustainability interests through the Strategic Sustainability Instute 2030 (www.sustainability2030.com).
Education: Scott has an MAAUP degree from UC Los Angeles with a concentration in urban, regional, and international development, and a BA from UC Berkeley in international development and global environmental sustainability studies;
Publications: The Sustainability Planning Challenge, article, APA Sustainable Communities Division Newsletter (forthcoming, April 2013). The Leading Edge of Sustainability, a research project with SFSU completed in collaboration with the APA CA Northern Sustainability Committee.
Other Publications: Sustainability 2030 website and Blogs: Sustainability Clips, Sustainability Perspective Journal. Numerous Plan-It Sustainably Columns, APA CA Chapter, Northern Newsletter, 2010-2012. Faces of Sustainability–San Francisco. BAASC, November 2005. SD ReportsTM, The Sustainability Challenge to Business, October 1998. Sustainability Editor/Author, INTERPLAN, Quarterly Newsletter, APA’s International Division, 1998-99. Author, five articles for the AEP Newsletter, The Bay Echo (1993-4).
Past Assignments: Co-produced, Mobilizing Sustainability, APA National Conference April 2013; authored research paper. Presenter-Panelist, New Tools for Planning and Placemaking, APA-Northern, Prof. Dev. Workshop, May 2004. Author/Presenter, Harnessing Sustainable Development for Economic Development, International Symposium on Strengthening Eco-Environmental Planning and Management, Hainan, China, October 11-18, 1999. Panelist/Presenter, International Approaches to Sustainability Development, APA National Conf., April 1999.
Anne R. Miller, AICP
Senior Planner, State of Colorado
Phone: (303) 864-7726
Work: Anne Miller is currently a Senior Planner with the Community Development Office at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Anne has over 20 years of community development experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has worked with communities in Colorado and across the nation to develop long-range plans, with a specialty in parks and recreation management and planning. Most recently, Anne has been engaged in supporting long-term recovery planning efforts with Colorado communities hard hit by September 2013 historic flooding. Anne is active in the APA as the co-chair of the Sustainability Committee of the Colorado chapter and the National APA Sustainable Communities Division Leadership and Policy Committee.
Education: Master Degree of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Other Publications: Numerous regional and local government planning documents and studies.
Past Assignments: "Mobilizing Sustainability Planning," APA Conference, Chicago, IL, April 14, 2013; “Maximizing the Benefits of Tourism and Avoiding the Traps,” Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, Keystone, CO, October 4, 2012; “Creating Healthy Communities Through Active Access: Safe Routes to Play,” ProGreen EXPO, Denver, CO, scheduled for February 9, 2012; “New Approaches to Western Land Conservation,” Western Planner-APA Four Corners Conference, Santa Fe, NM, September 2011; “Putting Sustainability into Practice,” Colorado American Planning Association Conference, Steamboat Springs, CO, September 2010
Brian K. Smith, FAICP
Pinellas County Director of Planning - retired,
Work: Director of Planning for Pinellas County for 30 years. That role included being the Executive Director of the MPO. Retired now after 42 years in the planning profession. Currently active in community service on boards ,committees , and task forces concerning transportation and comprehensive planning. Currently, Chairman of the Florida APA Chapter Sustainable Committee which is developing a program including a resource toolkit for professional planners .
Education: Bachelor of Science in Physics from Florida State University - 1967 Masters in Planning from Florida State University - 1969
Past Assignments: Presentations concerning; trail development, comprehensive planning elements, historic preservation, transportation impact fees, environmental conservation, transit project developments, livable communities fiscal planning projects, community overlays,and code development.