Welcome to APA's initiative on developing standards for comprehensive plans. APA's work in developing these standards grew out of a larger APA initiative, Sustaining Places. A key element of Sustaining Places was the creation of a Sustaining Places Task Force. The task force's work culminated in a report recommending that plans should be able to be accredited as sustaining places comprehensive plans if they embody certain principles, best practices, and characteristics.
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APA is searching for pilot communities to help refine the plan standards and accreditation program. See the application form for how to apply!
A new law in North Carolina will ban the state from basing coastal policies on the latest scientific predictions of how much the sea level will rise, prompting environmentalists to accuse the state of disrespecting climate science.
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As the world exceeds 7 million inhabitants, global warming nears its tipping point and a majority of the earth’s citizens live in urban areas, visionary and action-oriented planning matters more than ever.
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In the book, “Sustainable Urban Metabolism,” newly published by MIT Press, the authors set out a new program for doing something that has not yet been achieved: understanding just how many resources cities consume, and establishing, in effect, a holistic framework for producing an environmental balance sheet for every city. “The world needs to make a shift to become more sustainable,” says Ferrão, who is the director of the MIT-Portugal Program. “Cities are really the engines of growth, so whatever is going to happen in the world will happen in cities, particularly consumption of material resources.” Indeed, some organizations estimate that about half the world’s people now live in cities, a number likely to increase.
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