APA Interact June 8, 2022

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June 8, 2022
Data centers are the physical location of the Internet. On the outside, data centers or cryptocurrency mining facilities may appear like commercial or light industrial uses, however these facilities can impact the built environment in different ways. Increased use of utilities such as electricity and water, noise production, and safety make it important for communities to define and regulate data centers and cryptocurrency mining facilities. Further, these facilities and centers are moving into smaller metropolitan and even nonmetropolitan areas. Get ideas on local zoning approaches that might be replicable in your community in this Zoning Practice.
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New tech tools for planning

Blockchain technology could offer improved tools for data access and storage, community engagement, public decision-making, and accountability. Understand blockchains, NFTs, and cryptocurrencies and how you and your communities can leverage the efficiency, automation, and transparency that Web 3.0 technologies offer in this PAS Quicknotes.
Transform the planning practice

Learn how to address disparities and increase equity and inclusion in planning in this virtual two-day workshop hosted by APA Florida's EDI committee. "Upholding Equity in Planning: A Workshop for Advancing Urban Planning Principles," will give participants practical tools to identify and address bias through effective community engagement, uplift community needs, and promote belonging within the planning profession. Registration required. CM | Equity
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Honoring LGBTQ+ history

Despite making up a sizeable and growing part of the population, the diverse LGBTQ+ community tends to see little targeted engagement or support from the urban design fields. See how Kentucky and Maryland are using historical context studies to preserve places of historical significance and provide vital guidance for local planning initiatives.

Celebrating Pride Month
June 10: Learn how to effectively target federal community development financing for sustainable infrastructure investments in this webinar hosted by APA's Sustainable Communities Division. CM

June 15: Join the conversation at the Virtual Housing Summit hosted by APA Michigan to learn practical tools to understand hyperlocal housing market conditions and zoning reform. CM

June 29: Gain actionable steps that can be taken to co-create and co-facilitate transformative change in this Learning Circle. Free. CM
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