Please join the American Planning Association (APA) and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) for a discussion healthy planning. Chris Danley, President of NPAS and planner with Alta Planning + Design, will discuss his experiences working at the intersection of planning and public health.
This session will include an overview of the Healthy Communities Collaborative at APA as well as an introduction to NPAS before diving into a case study from Chris’ portfolio.
Culture, tradition, sustainability and many aspects of contemporary quality of life are intertwined in uplifting old, shaping new, and bringing increased resilience to inclusive public spaces. An integration of approaches to inclusive public spaces is required as social, environmental, spatial and economic dimensions of equity are entangled. A driving force in global development, increased urbanization targets many cities for continued rapid growth, challenging the need to secure inclusive public space. The UN Sustainability Design Guidelines relate to this reality. With the burgeoning growth of population, it is critical to: recognize and broadly articulate the values of public space for quality of urban living; encourage local advocacy for public space quality, quantity, care and use; safeguard and improve existing urban public space; integrate green best practices; and plan for and create new open spaces, particularly in low-income areas. The application of good governance recognizes and acts on the linkage between public spaces and sustainable development, respects the legacy of public spaces, seeks to improve existing space, adds new vibrant public spaces and benchmarks local public space quantity, quality, distribution and access, so that inclusive public space is available to all. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, focused on ‘inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities’ (United Nations, 2015), provides a core target for inclusive public spaces and many other aspects of human settlements. Urban public spaces address all three pillars of sustainability: economy, environment and society.
Steve Whitman and Chris Parker will explore the many problems facing communities of all sizes, and the underlying issue of ecosystem services. They will explore how thinking holistically and using a systems perspective can provide a new way forward for communities. While planning documents may take a systems perspective, land use regulations seldom do. This integrated approach provides for the regeneration of lost ecosystem services, and the resulting projects will help your community become more adaptive and resilient over time. Case study examples will be shared to highlight how to apply this approach, and to serve as a call to action so more planners become part of this collaborative effort.
Join a panel of young professionals who’ve recently shed their status as newbies in the transportation planning industry. They’ll highlight industry trends, lessons learned, and advice on skill building, job searching, and accepting your first job.
Akshali Gandhi and Jamie Simchik, AICP, will moderate the panel:
- Robert Hanifin, Transportation Planner II at AECOM in Arlington, Virginia
- Eric Hanss, Pedestrian Planner at Chicago DOT and formerly of Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago
- Arthur Prokosch, Policy Assistant at MBTA in Boston
- Corinne Kisner, Policy Director at NACTO in New York City
Overview of the transportation planning field and what types of jobs exist in the various sectors: public, private, nonprofit, transit, engineering, design, and more.
The panel will cover:
- Preparation for your first and/or current job: Coursework and the skills to develop. Panelist will share how they got their jobs.
- Advice on job searching and accepting your first job. What factors should you consider: location, proximity to family and friends, salary and benefits, sector, experience level, and type of work.
- On the job reality: What skills have come in handy? How technical is transportation planning? Should you concentrate in transportation planning?
There will be time for questions and answers.
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Available only to APA members — no cost.