S8: Steps to Creating a Sustainability Action Plan
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT
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Smart Growth and Sustainability Planning is being implemented at our local military installations. The U.S. Navy has developed a process to craft the Navy’s first Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) for Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda and the Naval District Washington (NDW) has defined a “Model Base” reflecting the principles of Smart Growth and innovations in multi-modal transportation planning and design guidelines. While the SAP was created for a U.S. Naval installation, the SAP process and design guidelines can be adapted by any planner to fit their own needs and priorities. The SAP addresses 13 interconnected focus areas of sustainability: Land Use, Natural Resources, Facilities, Operations and Maintenance, Transportation, Indoor Air Quality, Outdoor Air Quality, Climate, Energy, Water, Waste, Outreach and Awareness, and Workforce Development and Training. Learn about the SAP process and the challenges encountered, what data planners used and how it was applied to different community scales and context. The NDW Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) includes Design Guidelines and transportation improvement recommendations incorporating alternative mobility options such as, walking, bicycling, and transit and low impact development features, as well as roadway safety and operational improvements. With transportation budgets continuing to shrink and transportation networks close to operating at full capacity, this session will inform participants of strategies that balance traditional transportation planning techniques such as traffic analysis, vehicle occupancy counts, transportation surveys with innovative landscape techniques, low-impact development strategies and people-focused design parameters, and other “Complete Street” design guidelines that minimize pavement and reduce cost and environmental impact. Planning consultants, military planners, and planners working in local communities will find this session useful for conceptualizing and jump-starting their own sustainability plans. It will also provide an idea of what challenges or pitfalls they might encounter in the process, how to minimize or maneuver around those issues, and what specific strategies and implementation steps can be applied.