Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Below please find information on upcoming events and approved and pending CM Credit opportunities.
Policy to Practice: Planning for Bicycles
Where: Arlington Transportation Partners, 1501 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22209
2 blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station.
May 4, 2001 4:00-6:00 pm
Please join us for Happy Hour at The Continental after the session.
Approved for 2.0 AICP CM Credits
Free and open to the public, RSVP required
Bicycling as a mode for commuting and recreation has made great strides in recent years in the Washington metro area. Three speakers will discuss: Policy Development; Implementation and Infrastructure provision; and Marketing and Community Outreach. The session will conclude with a demonstration of a Capital Bikeshare bike station in Rosslyn.
Jim Sebastian will discuss integration of bicycle infrastructure with urban planning and development, and innovative bike lane design. Mr. Sebastian is a Supervisory Transportation Planner at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Washington D.C., where he manages the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Transportation Demand Management Programs.
Paul DeMaio will speak about planning and launching of Capital Bikeshare, including how station locations were determined, the RFP process for the program, and expansion plans. He will also touch on the history of bikesharing and different models for provision of service. Paul DeMaio is the founder of MetroBike LLC, a company that assists organizations in implementing bike-sharing programs, and writes The Bike-sharing Blog, an international news resource about the field.
Young Planner Showcase
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Doors Open 6:00pm, Program 6:30-8:00pm
National Capital Planning Commission
401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004
The Coalition for Smarter Growth is hosting its first annual Young Planner Showcase as part of our 2011 Walking Tours and Forums Series. This forum will offer young planners throughout the Washington D.C. region the opportunity to present the best, most innovative ideas from their jurisdictions. The event will highlight the best and the brightest of our region’s young planners and foster a lively conversation among participants and the audience.
- Matt Ladd, AICP, Senior Planner, Fairfax County Department of Planning & Zoning
- Brandi D. Collins, AICP, Urban Planner, Neighborhood and Community Revitalization, Alexandria, VA
- Maritza E. Mercado, AICP, LEED AP, Planner, AECOM
We have been approved for APA CM credit for this event!
RSVPs are required: http://csg.citizen-networks.
Putting Ethics into Practice, Lessons from Everyday Decisions
Friday June 3, 2011, 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Hosted by: Fairfax County Dept. of Planning & Zoning
Herrity Building, Room 106/107
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035
RSVP by May 24, 2011 @ DPZTraining@fairfaxcounty.gov
Approved for 1.5 CM Ethics Credits
An introduction to Green Roofs
1.25 AICP Credit Pending
Friday, June 10, 2011, 9:00 to 10.15 a.m.
Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.
5300 Wellington Branch Drive, Suite 100
Gainesville, VA 20155
By now most (and hopefully all) planners know that a green roof has nothing to do with a can of green paint and a brush! Whether being used to assist the management of storm water runoff, to help to achieve LEED certification or for other reasons, green roofs can provide a wide range of benefits.
Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI) has kindly agreed to provide a presentation on the different types of green roofs available, their various benefits, implementation and maintenance requirements and associated costs. To allow attendees to get a first-hand view of an established facility, the presentation will include a tour of WSSI's office building's green roof.
Please RSVP by June 3rd, 2011, to Ben Wales at firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 Planning Law Review
APA Audio/Web Conference (1.5 CM Credits)
Wednesday June 29, 2011, 4:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Hosted by: Fairfax County Dept. of Planning & Zoning
Herrity Building, Room 106
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035
APA Virginia Annual Conference – 2011
Wednesday July 20 through Friday, July 22, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Notes before registering online:
- Each email address can only register once.
- You do not have to have a PayPal account to make a payment. Look for the links to bypass creating an account.
- Confirmation emails will come from Constant Contact and PayPal. If you do not recieve a confirmation from PayPal and Constant Contact, you have not completed registration.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The creek as it runs behind the office at Old Town Hall
If not for Stroubles, the Town of Blacksburg would not exist. At least not where it is today. Freshwater springs exist on both the east and west corner of the town’s 16 blocks and the community was purposefully positioned between these springs. The branches of these springs, along with a third branch, meet to become Stroubles Creek, which had provided Blacksburg with drinking water for over 150 years until health concerns forced us to draw downstream from the New River. Today, however, a visitor strolling through town is likely unaware that moving waters are buried beneath the concrete. Yet they continue to flow, and while we may have put Stroubles out of sight and out of mind, it has not ceased to assert its influence or wane in its importance.
~ Access the remainder of the article here.
Earth Week 2011
Virginia Tech, April 18-22
Whether you're a
speaker, or event for you! Highlights include:
Earth Day Festival, 4/22 10A-5P Squires Plaza
Full schedule: ew2011.com
Why attend an Earth Week activity?
Clean air, water, land, & healthy communities are all needs
that can be met by living within our means; the knowledge &
skills gained at any event can enable you & your
community to lead sustainable livelihoods.
Oh, and every event is FREE!
Hosted by The Environmental CoalitionContact: Rial Tombes, email@example.com
They are eager to fill the position preferably with a master’s degree holder in the urban/regional planning field, and it is a good opportunity for professional planning employment.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Two supplemental questions on the on-line state application provide a good idea of what is most important for to this position:
1. Does the applicant have extensive experience in quantitative analysis of public finance and economic issues?
2. Please describe your experience calculating a composite index, including the statistical methodology employed, the number and type of component variables or indicators involved, the sources of the data, any software used (i.e., SPSS, Excel, etc.) and what the index was designed to measure.
Abstract: Using post-Katrina New Orleans as her case study, Prof. Allen, a former resident, wanted to know what synergies between residents, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies and outsiders made for successful rebuilding and repatriation, particularly in poorer parts of the city. Given the environmental devastation that the city had suffered, what were catalysts and engines for community rebuilding and revitalization? To answer this question, a definition of "success" was needed. Was it percentage of people that returned? Was it numbers of houses reinhabited? It became clear to Allen as she continued her fieldwork in the city for over five years, that there were environmental justice issues not only revealed by the disaster itself, but also in the techniques of repatriation. The issue of success was twofold—both quantitative and qualitative—and the "justness" of the NGOs practices was a key element in the later.
See the poster for details. Contact Sonja Schmid for more information.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Position is based in Washington, DC
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is seeking a policy associate to lead and
support our work on energy and climate issues, focusing on transportation and community-based
energy strategies. EESI’s core mission is to educate and assist Congressional offices and other
policymakers and stakeholders to advance innovative solutions to energy and environmental
challenges. Much of our work focuses on federal policy, however, we have several projects
underway to promote and support innovative efforts at the state and local level.
EESI’s transportation work covers all aspects of transportation related to energy and climate
change—including vehicles, fuels, public transportation, non-motorized and other travel alternatives,
land use, community design, travel demand reduction, and climate adaptation. Our work on
community energy is focused on local innovations to scale up the deployment of renewable energy
and energy efficiency measures. The ideal candidate will have strong interest, knowledge, and
experience in each of these areas, but candidates with a specialization in one or more areas with an ability and desire to build their expertise in other areas are also strongly encouraged to apply.
• Bachelor degree (graduate degree a plus), preferably in a relevant field.
• Three or more years of directly relevant experience (or equivalent combination of
experience); experience working with Congress or state legislatures preferred.
• Knowledge and aptitude in science, technology, economics, and policy issues relevant to
transportation, energy, and climate change. Knowledge of one or more these areas desired:
vehicle and fuel technology, renewable energy, energy efficiency, economic/community
development, transportation and/or land use planning, urban design, etc.
• Strong project management skills and experience
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; critical thinking, research, and analytical
skills; quantitative skills a plus
• Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with partner organizations and
relevant coalitions, and work effectively with a wide diversity of interests and personalities
• Proficiency with websites, social media, and other online communications technology; other
media experience a plus.
• Self-starter, flexible, able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Salary: commensurate with experience. EESI offers an excellent benefits package.
For a complete job description, please go to www.eesi.org/jobs. Please send cover letter, resume and a writing sample via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your last name and “Policy Associate--
Transportation and Community Energy” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Land Protection and Stewardship Coordinator, North Branch Land Trust
Deadline: Open until filled
North Branch Land Trust (NBLT), an accredited land trust, seeks qualified candidates for the position of Land Protection and Stewardship Coordinator. Formed in 1993, NBLT’s mission is to conserve the scenic, natural, and working landscapes that sustain us including forests, wildlife habitat, watersheds, farmland, scenic viewsheds, critical urban fringe open space, and other natural areas. NBLT also works with communities to develop smart growth strategies for the benefit of their citizens. Serving most of Northeastern Pennsylvania and specifically the watershed of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, NBLT has conserved 11,000 acres through 46 conservation easements and 5 fee acquisitions.
The Land Protection and Stewardship Coordinator (LPSC) has two responsibilities: Implementation of the Trust’s land conservation program and stewardship of conservation easements and fee lands. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with land protection tools such as conservation easements and land use planning, a bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resource management, or related field, strong communication and organizational skills, strong computer skills including ArcGIS software, and GPS data collection. The candidate must have his/her own vehicle for daily travel and be able to work independently as well as on a team. Based in Trucksville, PA. Flexible hours, mileage reimbursement, medical coverage, generous vacation package, 403(b) retirement plan. Salary range $28K to $38K depending on experience (40 plus hour week). Submit cover letter, résumé, and references to email@example.com. Subject: LPSC Search. Additional job information can be found at www.nblt.org under “News.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Neighborhoods Go Green: LEED for Neighborhood Development and Scaling Up Sustainability
The U.S. Green Building Council, the USGBC-NCR Chapter, COTEdc, and NCAC-APA jointly invite you to a panel discussion and reception about LEED for Neighborhood Development. Cities, developers, and designers are searching for new strategies to develop sustainably, particularly at the district scale. LEED for Neighborhood Development is one of many sustainability frameworks and has received traction for both new and redevelopment projects, as well as a policy tool for local governments. Join development, design, and policy experts from the Washington, DC region who will present several LEED-ND projects and will discuss the implication of growing as sustainably as possible in our economically robust region.
Date: Monday, Apr. 4, 2011
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: AIA Headquarters
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Confirmed speakers include:
- Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy & Law, U.S. Green Building Council (moderator)
- David Kitchens, Principal, Director of the Alexandria office, Cooper Carry
- Shelley Poticha, Director for Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
- Matthew Steenhoek, Development Manager, PN Hoffman
- Greg Trimmer, Senior Vice President, The JBG Companies
Registrants will also have the opportunity to tour the Neighborhoods Go Green exhibit, on display at the AIA headquarters from Mar. 14 - Apr. 21 during a reception that will follow the panel discussion. Co-curated by USGBC, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and Farr Associates, staff from USGBC will be on hand to answer any questions
attendees might have about the exhibit.
Members of COTEdc, NCAC-APA, NCR, and USGBC may register at the member rate.
2. LEED-ND Summer Associate position (paid) at USGBC
3. LEED-ND 251 Workshop on May 9 in Washington, DC (Understandi/ng the LEED-ND Rating System)
This workshop will be held in conjunction with the USGBC Government Summit, which also might be of interest to you and runs from May 10-11 at the Ronald Reagan Building in DC.
Friday, April 1, 2011
The Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program is modeled after the successful Rockefeller Foundation Redevelopment Fellowships launched in 2007 in New Orleans. That program, administered by the Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence at the University of Pennsylvania, enabled key redevelopment organizations in New Orleans to recruit qualified professionals from across the country to work on the rebuilding process there. Full-time employment for a minimum of two years, working on initiatives that will turn the vision for Detroit into reality. Each Detroit Fellow will be working in various project management and leadership roles as an employee of one of the organizations actively shaping the Detroit of Tomorrow.
During the first phase, the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program will include up to 25 mid-career professionals working with a variety of local organizations. Organizations that have agreed to employ Fellows include the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Invest Detroit, the City of Detroit, the University Cultural Center Association, NextEnergy, and the Woodward Corridor Initiative. A special effort is also being made to build capacity in a variety of other community development organizations across the city.
Qualifications and Application Requirements
Academic: Graduate degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy or Administration, Business, or Law, preferred, Post-graduate and mid-career applicants welcomed Minimum: Bachelor's Degree completed, plus 5 years of relevant experience
Work experience in real estate, community, economic or business development, or in fields related to urban revitalization preferred
Applicants will be evaluated based on their scholastic achievements, oral and written communication skills, analytic skills, campus and community service involvement, political awareness, leadership potential, and work experience.
Efforts will be made to recruit a national pool of qualified applicants. Young professionals living in the region and Detroiters who wish to return to the city and help make a difference are encouraged to apply.
Non-US citizens must show authorization to work in U.S.
Applications for the Fellows Program are due by April 15. Please see the website at http://wayne.edu/