News Release: September 29, 2014

Senior White House Official to Speak at APA Policy and Advocacy Conference

Keynote address to focus on the Obama administration's local resilience efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Michael Boots, who leads the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will speak at the American Planning Association's (APA) Policy and Advocacy Conference about the federal government's efforts to help improve local resiliency.

Boots will deliver the keynote address on Monday, September 29, at 10 a.m. ET, in the Grand Ballroom of the Washington Court Hotel.

In his keynote, Boots will discuss the Obama administration's current and future action on climate and resiliency, the new National Disaster Resilience Competition, and forthcoming recommendations from the resilience task force. The keynote will provide insight into the climate debate conversation in Washington and what those discussions mean for local communities.

Conference attendees are urban, suburban and regional planners from around the country addressing the challenges presented by climate change within their communities. Planners are focusing on adaptation to changing conditions and resilience efforts to minimize damage and speed recovery if a natural disaster should strike a community.

Earlier this year, APA's Board of Directors ratified a new policy guide on Hazard Mitigation that provides policy principles and recommendations for elected officials, policymakers, and planners on ensuring the safety and well-being of a community.

The APA Policy and Advocacy Conference is a two-day event focused on providing key information about state and federal policy issues related to local planning and development. After the conference, attendees head to Capitol Hill to discuss advocacy issues, including resilience.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395;