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Mobile Workshop: Small Hydropower, Potential and Pitfalls

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 8:15amSmall hydropower facilities are an element of national policy for energy independence and sustainability. Explore on-the-ground issues relating to their environmental, engineering, and financial issues of siting and operation. As the federal regulations for small hydro are streamlined, local government will increasingly become the forum where energy and environmental issues are balanced and resolved. See operating facilities at Youngs Creek and Woods Creek, as well as a proposed site at Sunset Falls. You’ll learn about: • The environmental, engineering, and economic factors that make siting and construction of small hydropower projects workable • Examples of varying conditions and tradeoffs of such facilities Transportation: Motorcoach, walking. Includes lunch.


CM | 3.0

PNM Natural Gas Power Generation Plant Mobile Workshop

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:30pmThe Reeves Generating Station, completed in 1962 and located about XX miles from downtown Albuquerque, is one of six natural gas power generation plants in New Mexico.t has a capacity of 154 MW of generating power. This workshop will contrast last year’s workshop tour of the four corners power plant. Discussion will include the all aspects of power generation utilizing natural gas as well as benefits and deficits to operating within the middle of Albuquerque. It consists of three units capable of producing 154 MW of power. It is used as an auxiliary plant for transmission support and peak electricity-demand periods. At capacity, this plant produces enough electricity to serve about 123,000 homes. Topics to be discussed during the tour consist of historical relevance, construction, economic development and environmental aspects of a natural gas power generation plant.


Permitting and Standards for Wind Power

2008 Streaming Media
As energy prices and environmental concerns rise, what role can wind turbines play in urban environments? And what standards are needed to make turbines fit in? See which way the wind is blowing for this alternative energy source.


CM | 1.25

Mobile Workshop: Power, Preservation, and the Skagit Project

Monday, April 20, 2015, 9:00amSeattle City Light's massive Skagit River Hydroelectric Project in the North Cascades National Park provides valuable lessons. Discover how to balance operation of capital facilities while meeting regulatory mandates to protect and preserve cultural, historic, and environmental resources and values. Visionary engineer J.D. Ross harnessed the wild Skagit River to bring affordable power to burgeoning Seattle. Nearly a century later, his work is a designated historic district. Experience his preserved legacy and enjoy spectacular Northwest scenery. Transportation: Motorcoach, walking. Includes lunch.


Codifying New Urbanism (PAS 526)

2004 Paperback
This report will help planners create land-development regulations that make new-urbanist developments possible.


Participatory Budgeting in New York City

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00pmHow has New York City benefited from participatory budgeting during the past two budget cycles? Take a look at community-participation tools, what’s worked and what hasn’t, and what you can learn from New York City’s experience. You’ll gain a better understanding of the themes that guide participatory budgeting — inclusion, equality, and empowerment.


CM | 1.25

EP Connection: Planners Leading Change

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10:45amJason Jordan, APA’s Director of Policy and Communications, will discuss how emerging professionals can lead change by building coalitions, communicating a vision, and empowering communities. Learn how APA supports change makers and get advice to get started.


A Planners Guide to Sustainable Development (PAS 467)

1996 Paperback
How planners can help make sustainability a reality in their communities.


EP Connection: Exploring Neighborland

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 10:30amNeighborland is a new way for people to share insights, identify resources, and connect with decision makers to make great ideas happen. It empowers people to take action on local issues through collaborative campaigns. Come network with the founders (including Candy Chang!) and walk through a demonstration of this new innovative tool.


Urban Agriculture (PAS 563)

2011 Paperback
This PAS Report provides authoritative guidance for dealing with the implications of this cutting-edge practice that is changing our cities forever.


Learning Theater Session: Auto PreApplication/Public Comment

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00pmThe Accela Platform is a powerful land management and planning tool used by hundreds of government agencies today. By combining citizen engagement, back office and mobile processing, both the public and staff are connected in an efficient and transparent process. We will demonstrate two fundamental capabilities: Automated plan review during Pre-Application, and the collection, management and response to public comments. Sponsor: Accela.


DEEP DIVE - Exploratory Scenario Planning and Emerging Tools

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 9:00amMany communities are turning to exploratory scenario planning. It’s a powerful tool for developing robust, resilient policies to prepare for whatever shape the future ultimately takes. Explore trends, lessons learned, best practices, and methods for scenario planning. Learn how scenario planning has played out from the intermountain west to communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Finally, see how change and alternative futures fit into your long-and short range planning — and what they mean for planning practice.


CM | 2.75

Smarter Planning with Community Engagement Data

Friday, October 03, 2014, 3:30pmIt is no longer a question of whether you should engage your community online throughout the planning process, but it is how will you engage your community online. The approach you take for online engagement will be the differentiator for planners, yielding powerful data for more informed decision-making. Those who don’t engage online will be left behind. Through real data and case studies, attendees will learn the incredible importance of online engagement in their future success. Learning Objectives: 1. Why online engagement isn’t a choice anymore and the data to support it 2. How to integrate online community engagement into current engagement strategies 3. Case Studies: Real communities and organizations using online engagement and getting actionable results Outline: • Current state of community engagement - It’s not working. o Only 9% of adults attend one public meeting per year and 48% have never attended a public meeting o Organizations spent over $1 billion on public meetings last year • What’s the solution? – Online engagement o 87% of American adults use the internet and 73% of them use a social networking site of some kind o Allows for measurable participation • It Works! – Online Engagement case studies o City of Breckenridge, Colorado – 993 community participants o City of Erie, Colorado – 2,491 visitors o Denver Regional Council of Governments – 8,355 page views o The City of Fort Collins, Colorado – 823 community participants o City of Boulder, Colorado – 1,711 community participants CM Criteria: Planners have long been pursuing community feedback as a means to inform their efforts with tactics such as town hall meetings, newsletters and articles in the local newspaper etc. But, as any planner can tell you, those tools aren’t working as well these days. Research shows that only 9 percent of the country attends a public meeting each year (Pew Internet Research, 2014). And with repeat visitors, it’s usually the same, homogenous group. These more traditional tactics aren’t reaching all of the community members who truly do care and want to participate. However, developments in community engagement technology has made it possible to reach and collaborate with a much broader set of community members and turn their feedback data into actionable insights. Presented by Ross Gratopp of MindMixer, the leader in community engagement technology having worked with over 600 communities and organizations across the country, this session will inform attendees of the necessity of online community engagement in the future of planning, supported by real data, industry observations and current online community engagement case studies.


CM | 1.5

University of Alabama Light Rail

Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:00pmIs it feasible and cost-effective for a college campus to switch from diesel-powered buses to electric streetcars? See what happened when the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa made the change. Did it pay off in lower costs and carbon emissions? Discover the benefits and consequences, and explore methods for streamlining transit routes for maximum efficiency.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 10:30amWith 80% of North America on the internet, there is an easy way to empower citizens to take part in the planning of initiatives that impact them directly. Your citizens are a click away from helping your community become an even better place to live. Leveraging the right online tools can help government create more effective participatory planning than ever before. Learn how to positively encourage your citizens with the technology they use every day. Presentation takes place in the Granicus booth #728.


CM | 0.5

Development Approval as Economic Development

Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:30amCommunities with an established development review and approval process have a powerful competitive edge in attracting private investment. What parts of the approval process are most essential? And what elements of the process give city officials and developers the most confidence? Learn to streamline the development-approval process by focusing on the parts that matter most.


CM | 1.25

Measuring Microeconomic Development Success

Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:00pmMicroentrepreneurship and microlending are growing into powerful tools for social and economic resiliency. A case study of Grameen America and Accion International immigrant hubs shows their impact on development and urban revitalization in New York, California, and Texas. How do microbusinesses affect society, the economy, and urban revitalization? See the big picture.


A Planners Guide to Community and Regional Food Planning (PAS 554)

2008 Paperback
Read how planners can play a significant role in shaping the food environment of communities and thereby facilitate healthy eating.


Becoming an Urban Planner

2010 Paperback
Here is a completely up-to-date guide to today's careers in urban planning, a clear and concise survey of the urban planning field and advice for navigating a successful career.


Renewable Local Energy

2008 Streaming Media
What plans and codes promote renewable energy sources like wind and solar power? Look at the role of neighborhood-scale utilities and learn to avoid the stumbling blocks of community opposition and aesthetic concerns.


CM | 1.5

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