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Division Discussion: Mobilizing Sustainability Planning
Activity Code: S856
Date: Sunday, April 14
Robert P. Mitchell, FAICP
Chair , Massachusetts APA Sustainability Committee
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.
Daniel C. Lerch
Publications Director , Post Carbon Institute
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.
Scott T. Edmondson, AICP
Co-director , Northern California Section Susainability Committee - APA California
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).
Anne R. Miller, AICP
Anne Miller has conducted parks,recreation, open space, and trails master plans for communities in Colorado and across the nation in her role as Senior Project Consultant at GreenPlay,LLC since 2006. Drawing on her planning and project management experience, including nine years with the Chicago Park District, Anne has taught parks and recreation planning sessions at state and national conferences. Anne's focus is on strategic planning, organizational development, and sustainable planning practices. Anne has a Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a founding member and co-chair of the APA Colorado Chapter Sustainability Committee.
Brian K. Smith, FAICP
Chair , APA Florida Sustainability Committee
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 .