2018 National Planning Conference

Planners for Climate Action

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198127

Location: 2022

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  • Understand the relevance of the Paris Climate Agreement to cities and regions, and appreciate the international system of initiatives aimed at advancing city and region response to climate change.
  • Become familiar with key planning responses in cities and regions that alter the climate footprint.
  • Envision the involvement of your jurisdictions and organizations in global climate action.


Urban and regional planners have a key role to play in helping cities address climate change. Compact urban development patterns, for example, may make public transportation more viable, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions; meanwhile in the long term, land-use controls will profoundly affect the exposure of vulnerable populations to climate-related natural hazards such as flooding and landslides.

The role of city and regional planners and plans in addressing climate change is made explicit in the New Urban Agenda, as well as in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, yet to date urban and regional planners have not found a visible niche within existing multi-stakeholder city climate initiatives.

This session presents key planning successes at climate action and provides opportunity for leaders of the planning profession to envision ways to better promote such actions and share experiences regionally and globally. Gain a better understanding of the training, research, and publication needs to build planning capacity in support of the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.

Session Speakers

Dyan E. Currie
Commonwealth Association of Planners
Brisbane, 04

Michael R. Boswell II, AICP
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

Bruce S. Stiftel, FAICP
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA

Eleanor Mohammed
Canadian Institute of Planners
Beaumont, 01

Jeffrey L. Soule, FAICP
American Planning Association
Washington, DC

Richard B. Stephens
Beaverton, OR