APA Interact September 18, 2019

This week at APA
APA Foundation scholarship winners

APA congratulates the recipients of the 2019 Charles Abrams and new APA Foundation scholarships:

Abrams scholar Vanessa Toro Barragan (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); APA Foundation scholars Priscila Coli (University of California, Berkeley); Alexandra Duprey (Tufts University); Valeria Henao Cano (University Colorado, Denver); Claire Jaffe (University of Pennsylvania); Laier-Rayshon Smith (Harvard University)
APA Foundation scholarships make the planning profession more diverse and accessible to individuals with limited means and help attract the most talented individuals to the profession. This year's scholars are passionate about the importance of equity within the profession and all communities.
Cultivate the future of planning

Thanks to the continued generosity of its donors, the APA Foundation can help these students develop solutions for planning challenges like climate change resilience, housing affordability, and creating equitable communities for all.

Since 2015, the APA Foundation has awarded $90,000 in scholarships to deserving planning students who will be leaders and advocates in their communities. Support the APA Foundation to help us empower the planners of tomorrow.
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Prepare for National Community Planning Month

October is National Community Planning Month, when we celebrate the role that planning plays in creating great communities. Planning month is your chance to raise the visibility of planning and to highlight the positive impact it has on your community. This year's theme of "Planning for Infrastructure That Benefits All" aligns with Congress's upcoming work on surface transportation issues.
Spread the word and celebrate by downloading the National Community Planning Month toolkit to access sharable messages and images. You can also arm yourself with policy solutions that will help communities plan for the evolving nature of transportation by downloading the Surface Transportation Policy Guide.
Leadership meeting agendas available

The agendas for the Board of Directors and AICP Commission business meetings, September 22–23 at the fall leadership meetings, are now available. The Chapter Presidents Council, Divisions Council, and Student Representatives Council executive committee will also meet prior to the Policy and Advocacy Conference.
2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference

Pack your bags for Washington, D.C.! The Policy and Advocacy Conference is next week, September 23–25. Online registration is now closed, but you can still attend by registering on site. Can't make it? Stay connected on social media by following #APAPolicy19.


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Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division Fellowship

The APA Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Division is accepting applications for its 2019–20 Student Fellowship Program for second year planning graduate students. Apply by September 27.
Call for proposals: World Town Planning Day

APA's International Division invites planners and urban aficionados to submit subject proposals for this year's online World Town Planning Day on November 8. For the 70th anniversary, the theme is "Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Addressing Climate Change." Read the guidelines and submit your proposal by September 27, to both Raissah Kouame, World Town Planning Day Coordinator, and Tippe Morlan, International Division Vice Chair for Special Projects.
Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C.

Smart Cities Week is coming to Washington, D.C., September 30–October 2. APA Research Director Petra Hurtado will be moderating "Five Secrets to Building the Next Generation Workforce in Your Organization" and is a session speaker for "The Smart and Connected Built Environment (and How to Make It a Reality)." Learn more about Smart Cities Week by viewing the full program.
October APA chapter conferences

Here are October's opportunities for networking and in-person professional education close to home:
October 2–4
Upstate New York

October 3–4
Upper Midwest (Iowa/Minnesota/Wisconsin)

October 6–8

October 8–11
North Carolina

October 9–11
Quad State (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma)
October 10–11

October 14–16

October 16–17
Southern New England Regional (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)

October 18
New York Metro

October 25

New September 23 – SRC – Student/Young Planner social event in Washington, D.C. (Free)

New October 9 – Don't Go to Bed Angry! Have a Better Planning Commission Meeting CM | 1.25 (Register; pricing varies for members and nonmembers)

New October 15 – "Engagement Techniques for Latino Communities" webinar sponsored by the Latinos and Planning Division. CM | 1.50 (Register by October 14; pricing varies for division members, nonmembers, and groups

Uncovering JAPA: Who Cares? Reimagining Planning as Caring

Public engagement evokes emotions in planners and in the individuals with whom we plan. Kyle Miller discusses a recent Journal of the American Planning Association article and agrees that planners should celebrate the emotions that come with the career, the negative as much as the positive.
Negotiating Work Arrangements in Your Planning Office

Negotiation is central to every planner's work. In the latest installment of a "Guide for the Idealist" Rick Willson, FAICP, shares the approach of mutual gain and how to use it when staff members initiate conversations about flexible hours and remote work.
APA Learn: "Building Resilience: Cities Taking Action"

How are cities putting their climate-resilience plans into action? Delve into the actions that resilience officers and planners from four communities have taken to address climate change impacts. CM | 1.25
Verify your CM reporting period dates

Check your reporting status by reviewing your CM log online. It reflects the most current information about your CM status, logged credits, and credits needed for the current reporting period. Email AICPCM@planning.org if there is a discrepancy between your online log and your personal records, or if you cannot access your online CM Log.
Minimum length for CM credit reduced

The minimum length for activities eligible for CM credit has been reduced to 15 minutes, equaling 0.25 CM credits. This allows AICP members the convenience of earning CM credits in shorter sessions.

Although we have notified CM providers about this important change, it may take time for them to post activities offering 0.25 CM credits. In the meantime, you may self-report CM-eligible 15-minute activities. If you have any questions, please contact AICPCM@planning.org
Five ways to renew your APA membership

Is your APA membership due to expire on September 30? If you're not sure, check "Membership paid through date" below. Here are five fast ways to renew and stay with APA:
  1. Online at My APA
  2. Call 312-431-9100
  3. Fax 312-786-6700
  4. Return your invoice by mail
  5. Enroll in APA's Direct Debit program
Questions? Call 312-431-9100 or email customerservice@planning.org.
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