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Growing Urban Agriculture

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00amFrom community gardens to edible streetscapes, food production is no longer the domain of rural areas. Explore urban food programs in Australia, Canada, and America that are linking urban agriculture with large residential and cultural spaces — and yielding fresh food and better health. Learn how to plant the seeds for a successful urban-agriculture program in your community. Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW from the LA CES.

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Managed Stormwater, Greener City

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00pmGain an update on Philadelphia’s 25-year “Green City, Clean Waters” program that manages stormwater and reduces sewer overflow. A limited budget did not prohibit creation of unprecedented numbers of “greened acres” annually. The program relies on collaborative interagency planning that is delivering city greening and innovative stormwater management. Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW by the LA CES.

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Climate Change and Urban Heat Islands

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00pmThe intensity of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon increases as the dimension and population of urban areas expand. Explore the connections between climte change and UHI in Europe and the United States. Researchers predict more severe effects in the coming years due as cities grown. Examine mitigation and risk-prevention strategies developed in Europe and the United States that you can use to combat this phenomenon. Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW by the LA CES.

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Metrics for Open Space and Trails

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1:00pmHow can you best use metrics to identify citywide priorities and implement planning recommendations for open space and trails? Learn about the approach Philadelphia and Pittsburgh took, explore its benefits and shortfalls, and discover how it’s shaping the future of these two major U.S. cities. Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW by the LA CES.

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Green Infrastructure for Community Health

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 4:00pmParks can play a key role in improving public health, from combating obesity to controlling diseases like diabetes. Learn about research and tools that link improved public health with better planning and design. You’ll see how weaving parks and other open spaces into the built environment can make for healthier communities. Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW from the LA CES.

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Growing Food Connections

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 5:30pmHow has the five-year “Growing Food Connections” project strengthened food systems in communities of all sizes? Learn more about this project and see the results of an APA member survey that looked at how local governments promote food access and agricultural viability. Case studies highlight innovative planning strategies for food production, processing, distribution, and sale that can work in any jurisdiction. Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW from the LA CES.

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Taking Sustainability to the Next Level

Monday, April 28, 2014, 10:30amBy 2024 the world population is projected to reach 8 billion people — 70 percent of them urbanized. Meanwhile, climate change, freshwater depletion, energy expense, and other sustainability challenges loom larger than ever. It’s time to look for solutions outside the box. See how the professions that shape our communities — planning, architecture, and landscape architecture — are working to take sustainability to the next level. Hosted by the Sustainable Communities Division. Approved for 1.25 LU/HSW from the AIA and 1.25 PDH/HSW from the LA CES.

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Urban Waters and Green Infrastructure

Monday, April 28, 2014, 1:00pmGreen infrastructure lets communities manage stormwater through infiltration, reuse, and landscaping. The result: better water quality, plus greenspace in the midst of urban areas. To learn more, take an in-depth look at two Urban Waters Federal Partnership Designees: Atlanta’s Proctor Creek and New York City’s Bronx River. See how they’ve used green infrastructure and other tools to revitalize urban neighborhoods and restore watersheds. Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW from the LA CES.

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Park Prescriptions, Play Deserts, and Healthy Public Spaces

Monday, April 28, 2014, 1:00pmIncreasingly, planners and others are seeking ways to incorporate health outcomes into planning, designing, and managing public spaces. Among the most innovative ideas being put into play? Projects that pair the medical and planning communities to promote outdoor physical activity. Explore success stories with issuing “park prescriptions,” eliminating “play deserts,” and creating public spaces designed specifically for health outcomes. Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW from the LA CES.

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Overcoming Barriers to Green Infrastructure

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 10:30amCodes, ordinances, and public perception can hinder any planner’s ability to implement green-infrastructure practices. How can you eliminate these barriers? Explore the benefits of green infrastructure and common challenges to putting it in place. You’ll leave with a toolkit to help you balance environmental protection with new growth and development. Hosted by the Sustainable Communities Division.*Approved for 1.25 PDH/HSW from the LA CES.

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