Tuesdays at APA
Join APA in Washington, D.C., each month for this after-work lecture and discussion series.
- Open to APA members and nonmembers
- Held at APA's Washington, D.C., office: 1030 15th St. NW, Suite 750 West
- Given by practicing planners, researchers, and professionals from allied fields
- Focused on innovative ideas and concepts, or project presentations
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One Water: Coordination Efforts for Sustainable Communities
June 20, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. ET
Recognizing that all water has value, One Water is a concept that “integrates the planning and management of water supply, wastewater, and stormwater systems in a way that minimizes the impact on the environment and maximizes the contribution to social and economic vitality.” The shift to One Water parallels both the rise of the “Utility of the Future” in the wastewater sector and forges new partnerships between the water sector and other sectors.
Where is coordination taking place and how can planners be involved? How can it increase resilience and help us build more sustainable communities?
This session will provide a brief overview of One Water management and discuss research efforts underway in the water/wastewater community to help communities move toward One Water. Topics include improving coordination between water managers and urban planners; incorporating non-potable onsite treatment into building design; and innovative stormwater solutions to achieve co-benefits in diversified water supplies, flooding mitigation, and increased community well-being.
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Cool & Connected: Bridging the Broadband Gap
July 25, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. ET
Many rural communities are actively seeking new opportunities to drive economic growth but are restrained by inadequate broadband access. Businesses need fast and reliable connection speeds to process payments and orders, participate in online commerce, and stay competitive in an increasingly tech-oriented economy. Anchor institutions such as schools and hospitals are unable to move and manage information quickly and provide public services as efficiently as possible. Helping small communities bridge the broadband gap is critical to strengthening rural America's economy.
To help rural communities get up to speed, Smart Growth America is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Appalachian Regional Commission on Cool & Connected, a technical assistance program to help rural communities find new economic opportunities by providing planning assistance for sustainable downtown development and investments in reliable, high-speed internet access.
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