Urban Planning as a Tool to Foster Sustainable Development Across the Americas



As Latin American countries experience continued growth and urbanization, there is a realization of the need for integrated, humanistic, and climate-proof planning. Virtually every city in Latin America and the Caribbean is in need of comprehensive planning to address the challenges of energy production, natural disasters, and climate change.

Recognizing these challenges, United States President Barack Obama proposed the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) at the 2009 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expanded the initiative at the Energy and Climate Ministerial of the Americas in April 2010. ECPA seeks to encourage the broader use of renewable energy, manage forests sustainability, improve land use, and encourage low-carbon growth and climate change adaptation throughout the Americas and Caribbean.


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April 1, 2011
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American Planning Association

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ECPA Urban Planning Initiative

Events and Activities

From the Experts

Ana Marie Argilagos, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Philanthropic Innovation, U.S. HUD

Patricia E. Salkin, Esq., Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School

Cid Blanco Jr., Coordinator of Cultural Infrastructure, Executive Secretariat of the Ministry of Culture of Brazil

Nicolás Maggio, president and founder, FOVISEE (Social Housing and Energy Effi ciency Forum)

Georges C. Benjamin, executive director, American Public Health Association

Sustainable Urban Housing

Collaborating for Livable and Inclusive Cities

ECPA Call for Essays Honorees

Mobilizing the Citizens of our Climate-Disrupted Planet
Nicole Lee

A Spectrum of Development Barriers + Planning Responses: Engaging Governance, Landscape, Infrastructure, Housing, and the Public for Sustainable Development in the Americas and the Caribbean
Andreea Ioana Pantor

Mercúrio and the Tower of David

Why Cities Must Make Room for the Working Poor

Sustainable Cities are Economic Engines

Engagement and Resources