Ethics: Navigating the Grey Matter

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
CM | 1.50
E | 1.50
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You'll learn about:

  • Refresher on the AICP Code of Ethics. (What is it?)

  • Why the Code of Ethics is important. (Why should we care?)

  • How to effectively apply the AICP Code of Ethics and steer clear of situations that could damage your career. (How does it affect my work?)

Planners face ethical challenges frequently, often unbeknownst to them. Navigating the somewhat murky waters of “right vs. wrong” can only be made easier through life experience and regular discussion. This session meets a planning objective of providing a refresher to existing AICP members on the importance of the AICP Code of Ethics, and deeper consideration of potential day-to-day ethical issues in the planning field. The information provided in this session is unbiased, based loosely on real-life scenarios or hypothetical situations that best illustrate important ethical planning issues.

The proposed method for delivery is to demonstrate ethical challenges through a series of skits, with substantial audience interaction at critical teachable moments during the scenarios. In addition to questions about each scenario, the audience often presents unique challenges not contemplated by the panel or scenario (either verbally into the microphone or on notecards collected from the audience), providing an opportunity for open discussion on how the AICP Code of Ethics should apply. The planner-actors are seasoned planning experts with both public- and private-sector experience and are able to quickly respond to questions related to the Code of Ethics. This unique approach delivers a clear message regarding the relevance of the Code of Ethics, and has been a highlight at APA Colorado’s state conference. This session is not intended to overlap with APA’s Ethics Case of the Year, which is typically discussed in a separate session.


Tareq Wafaie , AICP , Clarion Associates , Denver , CO (see bio)
Abram Barge , AICP , City and County of Denver , Denver , CO (see bio)
Erica Heller , AICP , Progressive Urban Management Associates , Denver , CO (see bio)