OMS-ECFRPC: Smart Growth America “Cool Planning” Workshop

APA Florida Chapter, Orlando Metro Section


Wednesday, September 10, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Altamonte Springs, FL, United States


OMS-ECFRPC: Smart Growth America “Cool Planning” Workshop Smart Growth America, as part of a grant-funded technical assistance program, is conducting a workshop at the ECFRPC to help the region develop and implement a Regional Resiliency Initiative by providing the planners, architects and engineers with tools and techniques to achieve resilient communities and economies. The workshop will focus on how land-use and building practices could mitigate the impacts of climate change in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties. The day-long workshop covers guidance for smart growth planning from the Cool Planning Handbook—A Handbook on Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change. The Cool Planning Workshop will help us work together as a region to understand our needs, plan for, and manage growth. Focus areas include: • Recycling Land and Buildings and Building Greener Buildings (Sustainable Redevelopment and Suburban Infill/Retrofit Solutions) • Travel Habits and Trip Generator Models • The Importance of Trees in Developing/Redeveloping Urban and Suburban Settings • Putting Together a Climate Action Plan for the Region The Cool Planning Handbook: Local Strategies to Slow Climate Change workshop seeks to actively involve communities in the process of finding solutions that can be implemented at the local level to slow climate change. Specific community development, land use, and transportation planning techniques can enable communities to reduce their carbon footprints and will be covered in depth in this workshop. The workshop will draw on technical assistance expertise in smart growth and sustainable community planning and design, with experience providing presentations, programs, tools, and workshops for communities across the US and abroad. Interactive exercises will be integrated into the program to engage participants and get them thinking about how they can get involved. Publications and resources available to help communities will be referenced. Available tools that can be used to monitor a community’s progress will be presented. The workshop will present strategies and tools focused around several central themes: • Why addressing climate change has to start at the local level • How a global problem can be addressed at the local level • How community design affects greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions • How to taking action under a variety of strategic topics can be effective and make a difference • How local and regional jurisdictions can develop their own climate action plans and measure their plans’ effectiveness The importance of developing locally-based climate action plans will be highlighted in the program. While implementation of these plans can reduce transportation-related GHG and environmental impacts, they can also bring significant economic, national security, and health benefits, such as: • Insulation against future gas price hikes • Energy independence • Retention of local dollars • Lower transportation costs • More active and healthier communities The Cool Planning Handbook won the National American Planning Association Award for Best Practices in 2012.

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