APA Interact October 13, 2021

This Week at APA
October 13, 2021
As communities look for innovative ways to reduce climate impacts, planners can help maximize the benefits of new large-scale solar power projects while minimizing the tradeoffs. This new guidebook will help improve solar development outcomes, promote equitable distribution of community benefits, and assist in tackling the climate crisis.

Solar@Scale is a partnership between the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) and APA, and is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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RELATED: More communities are adding policy recommendations to support solar use. Explore this Solar Energy Research KnowledgeBase Collection for additional resources on solar energy use, including examples of guides, plans, model codes, and regulations that encourage solar development from across the country.

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Green Infrastructure
Pollinator Power

Two-thirds of wildlife species reside in metropolitan areas. Climate is changing at a faster pace than expected and many species are at risk of becoming extinct. See how native pollinator gardens, when incorporated into green infrastructure, can help lower energy demands, manage floods, and protect the natural environment.
Capital Planning
Linking CIP and design

The nexus between design regulations and capital planning has significant implications for the abilities of communities to achieve their sustainability and resilience objectives. This Zoning Practice provides recommendations to help planners craft design standards that support capital planning objectives related to mobility, stormwater management, and energy consumption.
Hispanic Heritage Month
A sense of belonging

Latina planning professor Edna Ledesma shares how volunteering with APA and joining the Latinos and Planning Division has fostered a sense of belonging that can lead to positive, meaningful change in the profession and practice.

RELATED: The Latinos and Planning Division provides a network for planners interested in building skills and theorizing on what makes a community a welcoming Latino environment.

Is your GIS data the key to modernizing community planning? Join the Lunch & Learn to find out!
Join the conversation on October 14 with Horry County CIO, Tim Oliver, as he shares how location-driven local governments can better provide the personalized planning guidance the public expects of today's technology.
October 15: Register for "Addressing Urban Heat Impacts," a Planning Information Exchange webinar, 11 a.m. CT. CM

October 29: Register for the live Careers webinar, "Reflection Reset: Professional Effectiveness in Turbulent Times." Noon CT, CM | 1.5 | Ethics

November 2–4: Register for the three-day Planning Supervisor's Playbook, focusing on communication, creating an inclusive environment, and performance reviews. Noon CT daily. CM

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