National Centers for Planning

The National Centers for Planning (NCPs) provide urban, suburban, regional, and rural planners with the knowledge, tools, and connections they need to effectively guide decision making related to the built and natural environments.

The NCPs are dedicated to helping planners create communities of lasting value: safe, healthy, and sustainable places for all.


Green Communities Center

  • Green and Blue Infrastructure
  • Green Energy
  • Green Transportation

Hazards Planning Center

  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Post-disaster Recovery
  • Climate Change Adaptation

Planning and Community Health Center

  • Active Living
  • Food Systems
  • Health in All Planning Policies

About APA

APA is an independent, not-for-profit education and research organization devoted to urban, suburban, regional, and rural planning. With more than 40,000 members and established productive relationships with numerous academic, nonprofit, and public institutions, APA is connected to the innovative thinking and practical realities of the planning profession.