Tuesdays at APA

Join APA in Washington, D.C., each month for this after-work lecture and discussion series.

Events are:

  • Free
  • 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

Join in-person or access podcasts from past Tuesdays at APA programs.

Upcoming Programs

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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Katy Lackey

Katy Lackey is a research manager at the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF). Her work focuses on climate change and resiliency planning, energy, decentralized (onsite) treatment systems, and integrated water management. Previously, she worked as a program coordinator for World Camp, Inc. in Ahmedabad, India, and Malawi, Africa. She directed outreach programs in primary schools and with nearby villages, increasing access to health and environmental education. This work led Lackey to a career in water — particularly, the intersection of gender, health issues (HIV/AIDS, malaria), access to natural resources, and the impact climate change has on resource management. Lackey serves on the executive board of the Women’s Aquatic Network in Washington, D.C. She holds a master's in International Affairs from American University, and a master's in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the UN-mandated University for Peace.

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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Alex Hutchinson, AICP

Alex Hutchinson is an economic and community development specialist for Smart Growth America. He works across programs at the intersection of policy and hands-on community level practice. Previously, Hutchinson was an economic development officer for the Baltimore Development Corporation, where he focused on public-private partnerships related to downtown redevelopment, neighborhood planning, workforce housing tax credits, adaptive reuse, brownfield remediation, mixed-use development, TOD, and assistance to small businesses impacted by the civil unrest of 2015. Hutchinson has also lived and worked in Brazil and Colombia where he focused on transportation planning and international development. He received his master’s degree in community planning from the University of Maryland’s Urban Studies and Planning Program with a concentration in economic development and transportation.