Planners are integral to climate solutions, helping communities understand, prepare, and incorporate new clean mobility and development opportunities to reach essential climate goals. Additionally, planners will help ensure climate change burdens do not fall disproportionally upon at-risk populations.
APA Statement on UN Climate Change Conference
APA President Leo Asuncion Jr., AICP, reaffirmed and redoubled the planning community's commitment to tackling the climate crisis. In a statement released at the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), Asuncion called today the "essential moment" for working together to combat climate change and its impacts on people, places, and our planet.
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1.5oC COP26 Communiqué
APA was among more than 60 firms and professional built environment associations calling for increased emission reduction targets by world governments, including the United States. The invitation-only Communiqué comes ahead of next month's global meeting of COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties.
Buildings account for a significant share of global carbon emissions, and this coalition of built environment and design organizations is committed to leading efforts to meet accelerated climate targets.
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Climate Change Policy Guide
Advocating for a Safer, More Resilient Future
Planners have the expertise, perspectives, and skills to lead the local and regional responses to the climate crisis — but require federal and state action to amplify local planning efforts.
APA's Climate Change Policy Guide positions planners to advocate for the federal and state policies that will empower communities to plan for a safer, more resilient, and carbon-free future.
Top image: Downtown Los Angeles with misty morning smoggy fog. trekandshoot / iStock / gettyimages.com.