APA Interact: September 7, 2022

This Week at APA
September 7, 2022
It’s a tale of two cities, but not the Dickens novel. This story is about two Portlands — Oregon and Maine, where planners have been working on reducing emissions through climate action plans. Oregon has decreased emissions by 19 percent and Maine by 34 percent. Reductions largely come from a focus on boosting renewable energy sources and reducing the use of gas-powered vehicles. Focusing on EV infrastructure, reducing off-street parking requirements, and encouraging transit or active transportation have contributed to the reduction in emissions. Learn more about climate action at the upcoming online Policy and Advocacy Conference
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Climate Justice
Climate solutions are often found at the local level. Follow examples from Texas on how communities have attempted to bridge the climate planning gap in this Journal of the American Planning Association article. The author argues that not planning for climate is a human rights and climate justice issue. The first step is to understand residents’ perceptions of climate change. Learn three strategies to make your climate planning more effective.
Climate Casualties
Overcoming pushback
Is your community indifferent or resistant  to planning for climate change? Be tactical in your approach. Learn tips for how to overcome climate pushback by reframing the conversation, highlighting bottom-line benefits, and cultivating ambassadors.
Carbon Neutral
Tackling climate change
Incentives, agricultural easements, solar installation, and EVs are a few of the ways San Diego County is working to achieve its carbon neutral goals. Hear from Dahvia Lynch, AICP, director of Planning & Development Services on how the county’s climate action plan aims to exceed state targets.
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The new Tribal and Indigenous Planning Division aims to empower, communicate, and educate about tribal and indigenous planning issues. The division welcomes tribal and indigenous planners, peoples, nations, and non-tribal partners. Become a strong advocate for planning in tribal and indigenous communities. Any APA member is welcome to join the division.

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September 8: Conclusion of the first PAB comment period on the proposed revision to the 2022 Accreditation Standards

September 28-29: Register to attend APA’s online Policy and Advocacy ConferenceCM

October 3 – 28: Registration for the fall AICP certification cycle opens; use the AICP Eligibility Pre-Check resources to see if you are eligible. 
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