News Release: November 13, 2019

APA to Trump Administration: Do Not Abandon Paris Climate Agreement

CHICAGO (November 13, 2019) — “Our future is at risk,” said APA President Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, in a letter to congressional leaders and the Trump administration today following the news of the United States's intent to withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. In the letter, Christiansen urges a renewed commitment to the global climate fight.

Read the full statement from APA on the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Climate change is one of the most important planning challenges of the 21st century. Planners are at the forefront in tackling adaptation and mitigation in communities around the nation. APA continues to advocate for federal, regional, and local policies and resources to help create safer and stronger communities.

To assist planners in their daily efforts, APA’s Policy Guide on Climate Change is undergoing its third update since it was adopted in 2008. Additionally, APA is providing comments to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, encouraging development of new policies.

To stay updated on APA’s advocacy work, members can join the Planners' Advocacy Network.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides vital leadership in creating communities of lasting value. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the profession of planning, offering better choices for where and how people work and live. The 45,000 APA members work in concert with community residents, civic leaders and business interests to create communities that enrich people's lives. Through its philanthropic work, APA's Foundation helps to reduce economic and social barriers to good planning. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Learn more at

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395,

November 13, 2019