About the Authors
David Morley, AICP
David Morley, AICP, is a Research Program and QA Manager with the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; provides customized research assistance through the Inquiry Answer Service; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also co-edits Zoning Practice, a monthly publication to inform planners about smarter land-use practice, and PAS QuickNotes, a series of briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens.
Brian Ross, AICP
Brian Ross has 25 years of experience working on local sustainability and clean energy topics, including local government policy and regulation, state policy and rules, and energy utility regulation. Brian currently leads the Great Plains Institute’s solar energy market transformation initiatives. He works across the Midwest and nationally with local and regional governments to develop “solar-ready” policies and regulatory standards, currently managing a cohort of 43 communities seeking to achieve national SolSmart designation. He also leads GPI’s local and regional government technical assistance programs to implement sustainable practices for clean and resilient energy development and climate protection. Brian works on the MN Solar Pathways project, a 3-year initiative to model and evaluate solar deployment strategies to achieve a high-renewable future in Minnesota, and manages Minnesota's "solar+EV" initiative with NREL's Solar Energy Innovation Network. Brian has also worked extensively in energy and utility regulation, serving as an expert witness in cost of service and rate design, energy efficiency and renewable energy, fuel cost reconciliations, and integrated resource planning.
Darcie White, AICP
Darcie White, AICP, is a Director with Clarion Associates, based in Denver, Colorado. She is a planner and landscape architect with nearly 20 years of professional experience. She has been involved in planning and plan implementation efforts for local, regional, and non-profit agencies across the country. Ms. White specializes in comprehensive planning for small and mid-sized communities, and has extensive experience developing plans and policies to support sustainable and resilient communities.