Sustainability

The Sustainability Committee promotes the practice of planning, which creates sustainable, green, energy efficient communities at all levels of government. This practice includes focus on the creation of strong relationships between buildings, land use, housing, all modes of transportation and the environment to improve energy efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts; form-based design practices that focus on the built form and the functional relationships between the built form; and public and non-motorized (or accessible) transportation and the environment.
The Sustainability Committee additionally promotes more livable communities through public participation in community education and charrettes, and through facilitating inter-organizational action on sustainability.

Lastly, the Sustainability Committee reviews, comments and proposes legislation/policies that promote eco-friendly community design in a holistic approach to encourage best overall sustainable practices and livability. 

Comments/Questions?  Contact the APA-NJ Sustainability Committee Chair, Jeffrey Perlman

Hot Off the Press

posted on February 28th, 2014 in Committees, News, Sustainability

The APA-NJ is pleased to announce the release a new guide – “Planning for Sustainable Communities: Master Plan Guidance for New Jersey Officials”, which deconstructs the traditional master plan and offers new approaches to each of the plan elements with sound local and global examples that any NJ municipality can tailor to their needs. 

New York Times: Tea Party Rebuttal

posted on February 16th, 2012 in Committees, News, Sustainability

Planning at its core serves to balance individual property rights with societal needs, like the provision of clean air and clean water. In “Activists Fight Green Projects, Seeing U.N. Plot” (front page, Feb. 4), Tea Party activists demonstrate their unwillingness to participate in what the American Planning Association, New Jersey chapter, believes is an opportunity for communities to work collectively and advocate for good planning.

APA-NJ Sustainability Committee Submits Comments on New Climate Change Policy Guide

posted on March 16th, 2011 in Committees, News, Position Statements, Sustainability

Under Introduction:Please consider providing references to the US GHG Emissions report issued by the US EPA.http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/usinventoryreport.html 1.1 The Role of the Planners Planners will often be called, voluntarily or not, to defend the science of climate change to skeptical elected officials and citizens. A significant portion of the American population does not believe in the […]

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