Green Communities Center

Climate change, water resources, and infrastructure needs are just a few of the issues facing communities today as we plan for the 21st century and beyond. Planners balance short-term and long-term interests to enhance the viability of their communities.

Through citizen engagement, plan making, capital improvements, development review, and other planning actions, planners promote fiscally sound investments and decisions that protect and restore the natural environment, conserve resources, and build more sustainable communities.

To learn how APA's Green Communities Center can help you or to discuss partnership opportunities, contact us at

Water Working Group

The Water Working Group is working to determine creative, yet practical paths forward for APA members to address the water issues in their communities.

Grant awards will support green infrastructure projects in four U.S. citieS

NRPA and APA are proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Great Urban Parks Campaign grant. Organizations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Denver were awarded grants totaling $1.75 million in support of green infrastructure projects.

Featured Project

SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership

From September 2010 to July 2016 APA worked with national partners on the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership (SolarOPs), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Through this effort, APA and its partners provided outreach, training, and technical assistance to local and regional governments to make it easier for residents, businesses, and property owners within their jurisdictions to use solar energy. We are pleased to offer a variety of reports, sample plans and regulations, briefing papers, and more to assist in planning for solar energy.

Current Projects

Urban Conservation: Thinking Megaregionally

This project is a collaboration with the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. We are working together to improve the utility and utilization of the Conservation Blueprint within populated areas for the mutual benefit of the planning and conservation professions.

Great Urban Parks Campaign

A project to improve environmental and social outcomes in underserved communities through green infrastructure in local parks.

Naturally Resilient Communities

The Nature Conservancy is working in partnership with APA and other organizations on a green infrastructure siting guide for local planners.

Regional Green Infrastructure Planning at the Landscape Scale

An APA and U.S. Forest Service collaboration on regional green infrastructure planning at the landscape scale and the associated needs and opportunities.

Multimodal Planning at the Megaregional Scale

This project will develop and disseminate clear guidance (policies, strategies, and implementation tools) for local governments and regional agencies to address megaregional issues in long-range comprehensive planning.

Greater Baltimore Wilderness: Green Infrastructure for Regional Resilience

Working through a team led by The Conservation Fund with APA as co-principal investigator, the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition is working to conserve, restore, and enhance a regional green infrastructure network delivering multiple benefits for the people and wildlife of central Maryland.

Sustaining Places

APA is leading an initiative to establish standards and a potential designation program for integrating sustainability into comprehensive plans. This work aims to improve plan quality while asserting the planning profession’s role as a leader in the sustainability arena.