APA Recognized by Kresge Foundation

The American Planning Association (APA) is one of nine urban-focused professional membership organizations that have been recognized by the Kresge Foundation for efforts to educate members on climate change issues.

The report, “Professional Societies and Climate Change,” analyzed the extent to which professional societies offer education and resources for professionals in planning, engineering, building and development, and medicine.

“We are honored to be recognized by the Kresge Foundation along with good partner organizations,” said David Rouse, FAICP, APA’s managing director of research. “This validates our commitment to providing members with relevant and timely information that addresses critical issues for the planning profession."

Independent climate adaptation consultant Dr. Missy Stults and PhD researcher Sara Meerow co-authored the report. They found that the professional societies most engaged on climate issues recognize the substantial impacts that climate change has on their mission and membership.

The authors highlighted a few APA resources that address climate change and social justice:

The authors also mention the work of APA’s Hazards Planning Center on community partnerships and building resilience.

“Professional societies play a critical role in educating their members on emerging issues and establishing standards of practice. It’s heartening to see the depth of programming on climate change that some societies are offering,” says Lois DeBacker, managing director of Kresge’s Environment Program.

Other organizations rounding out the top nine in the report include:

  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • American Water Works Association
  • International City/County Management Association
  • National League of Cities
  • National Medical Association
  • Urban Land Institute

The report also recommends several opportunities to mainstream social justice and climate change into the operations and engagement strategies of professional organizations, ranging from peer learning networks to partnerships between climate change and social justice groups.


January 19, 2017