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  • Parks Without Borders Discussion Series:National Perspectives on Park Access and Equity

    WHEN: Monday, November 26, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Parks and public spaces are the hearts of New York City neighborhoods. City residents rely on their parks to build safe, healthy and vibrant communities where they can relax, play and connect with each other. In New York City and in cities across the country, elected officials, staff, and community groups are pursuing new strategies to improve park access and equity, and proactively engaging residents in the process. This discussion will showcase the work underway in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and other cities, and explore the relationship between park access and equity.

    Speakers include Vaughn Perry, Equitable Development Manager at 11th Street Bridge Park, Phil Ginsburg, General Manager at San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Malo A. Hutson, Director at Urban Community and Health Equity Lab at Columbia, Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner of NYC Parks. 

    RSVP here! 



    Event Type: Lecture
    CM Credits: 1.25

  • New Trends in Coastal Mitigation: A Detailed Look at In-Water Impacts & Mitigation in NYC

    WHEN: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Building on last fall’s Permitting 101 education event, join the APA Waterfront Committee for a continuing education event to learn about emerging trends in coastal in-water impact mitigation. The following presentations to be given followed by discussion and Q & A:

    • Floating Structures Pilot Project: Fish Utilization & Response and Hydrodynamics & Sediment Transport
      Bonnie Harken, Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc. 
    • Wetland Mitigation in NYC
      Marit Larson, Chief of Natural Resources NYC Parks
    • NYC’s First Bank and Available Wetland Mitigation Credits
      Max Taffet, Vice President of Ports and Transportation, NYCEDC

    Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, APA, is President of Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm which consults about strategies for planning and implementing successful, sustainable developments that transform cities. Founded in 2003 with a special strength in resilient urban waterfronts, Nautilus has worked in over 25 countries. Recently, Nautilus International was the lead consultant for the PANYNJ on a multi-year study about revitalizing six miles of waterfront in SW Brooklyn and led a consulting team who conducted scientific research about the environmental effects of near-shore floating structures, like ferry terminals, in New York Harbor. Ms. Harken is an internationally-recognized expert in urban waterfront redevelopment and downtown revitalization. Early in her career, Ms. Harken led urban design and architectural teams on a wide number of projects at Battery Park City in New York. Other waterfront projects include strategic planning for General Motors’ 5.5M sf riverfront headquarters in Detroit. Ms. Harken served as the APA NY Metro’s representative on the Mayor Bloomberg’s Waterfront Management Advisory Board. Ms. Harken’s work has won numerous awards for design excellence as well as for meritorious service to the profession from APA. Ms. Harken grew up in Asia and Latin America, studied environmental design at Parsons School of Design, real estate finance at NYU, and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

    Marit Larson is the Chief of Natural Resources for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. She is an environmental scientist with Masters degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Washington and resources management from the University of California at Berkeley. Beginning with a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany to study stream restoration, she has worked on stream and wetland restoration and protection in urban areas for over 25 years. Ms. Larson oversees the protection, restoration, management and conservation of New York City Parks’ 10,000 acres of natural spaces. She is responsible for forest and wetland research, conservation research, and stormwater green infrastructure design and construction, as well as for New York City’s native plant center and its Urban Field Station — a collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service.

    Max Taffet is a Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the Ports and Transportation division. Taffet is currently working to implement NYC’s first wetland mitigation bank. Following federally established Clean Water Act guidelines for offsetting impacts to aquatic resources, this 69-acre site on Staten Island’s West Shore is generating credits that represent the first ever environmental compensatory currency to exist in the Port of New York. As VP of Waterfront Planning, Taffet implemented a website called “Waterfront Navigator.NYC” intended to rationalize permitting of coastal development and maintenance as well as leads other complex waterfront siting projects.Taffet has a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University and received a B.A. at the University of British Columbia.



    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: YES, # TBD

  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017 12:00 am

    Please join us at our next Environmental Committee Meeting.  Among other topics, we will be discussing how to assist any planner interested in taking the final Certified Environmental Planner exam being offered by AICP.  Beginning in January 2018, the committee is prepared to lead a series of informative discussions led by experienced experts in the field to assist any planner preparing for the exam.

    We will also be discussing how to make our web page presence more active and narrowing down topics for our next CM program.

    All are welcome and encouraged to attend.



    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Environmental Committee Meeting & Discussion October 12, 2017

    WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:15 pm

    Environmental Committee Meeting & Discussion
    October 12, 2017

     at  ​6:15pm

    AKRF Offices
    440 Park Avenue South

    Bonnie Franson, ​AICP, CEP will share with us her experience with APA​’s Advanced Specialty Certifications ​regarding AICP’s Certified Environmental Planner (CEP) and the Commission’s recent vote to change the program.

    In addition, we will be discussing Committee Goals as requested by the NY Metro Chapter and plans for meetings and events moving forward.

    Of concern and part of our discussion will be the state of the US EPA.

    We hope you can make it, but if not please plan to attend a future event.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Part work session, part opportunity to learn more about, our mobile workshop.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • CITIES FOR ALL: global sustainability and the new urban agenda--Free Seminar with the UN Human Settlements Program

    WHEN: Thursday, March 16, 2017 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Free SEMINAR: Ford Foundation in Midtown Manhattan:

    CITIES FOR ALL: Inclusive Implementation & Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda


    In order to respond to the fundamental challenges that threaten the sustainability and prosperity of nations and its cities, the international community has renewed its efforts to shape global policies and practices that are crucial for the sustainability of humankind. The  2030 Development Agenda and the New Urban Agenda tackle environmental challenges while taking into account dimensions of poverty and vulnerability, especially effecting women and youth, related to urbanization.

    Speakers drawn from four main sectors–civil society, private sector, government and UN Agencies with a strong links to cities–will discuss the role of data and metrics in constructing policies for urban sustainability. They will also describe how each of their respective sectors currently are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

    Background On UN Human Settlements Programme: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) promotes socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. It is the lead agency within the UN system for coordinating activities in the field of cities and other human settlements. As towns and cities grow at unprecedented rates setting the social, political, cultural and environmental trends of the world, sustainable urbanization is one of the most pressing challenges facing the global community in the 21st century.


    Event Type: Conference
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  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 am

    Tentative April Agenda – EPA & Global Warming  (with Speaker, pending EPA internal approval)

    Apologies, but the March meeting is postponed due to logistics.

    Alternatively, you may be interested in an event a member has been involved in, which builds on Habitat III’s adopted New Urban Agenda.

    CITIES FOR ALL: Inclusive Implementation & Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals & the New Urban Agenda

    Thu, March 16, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT at the Ford Foundation 1440 Broadway, NY,NY 10018



    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

    Please attend our next Environmental Committee meeting on Thursday, February 16th at 6:15pm.

    This meeting will be devoted to assembling the pieces of the approved APA National Committee  Mobile Workshop: “Neighborhood Effects: A Help or Hindrance to Parks?”

    We are in the process of conducting interviews, editing audios and coordinating text and images related to the production of the series of podcasts for the mobile workshop.   We still have a number of volunteer opportunities (e.g. writing web copy, taking photos, etc.) and encourage anyone interested in participating to join us.

    All are welcome and the only prerequisite is an interest in planning and the environment!

    In addition, mark your calendars for our March 16th meeting, when we anticipate having a speaker from EPA.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

    apasustainableJoin us at our next Environmental Committee meeting: Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6 – 7:15 p.m.


    I.     PRESENTATION/DISCUSSION TOPIC:   HUD’S Sustainable Communities: An Experiment in Inter-Agency Planning we can’t afford to lose.

     Sustainability Manager Larry McAuliffe will present the strengths of the 2014 HUD Sustainable Communities Program. 

    HUD’s  Sustainable Communities,– is a unique, advantageous, collaboration of federal agencies that grew out of post recession funding to encourage inter-agency projects.  McAuliffe explains the case study of the Transit Oriented Development along the regional commuter rail network of NY & Connecticut.

    Following the presentation we will discuss the program and strategize how our APANY Metro chapter can help urge our new Congress to revisit funding for continuation of the program.

    II.     Environmental Committee Website:    Discussion on how we can make our committee site   more engaging with photos, interesting articles and an active forum.

    III.    Planning for Next Meeting:     Discuss potential speakers in the works; suggest others;  identify dates

    iV.     New Business:

    All are welcome to participate.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Please Join us at our next Environmental Committee Meeting.


    1. Discussion led by WXY Architecture + Urban Design, who was recently awarded the Increasing Local Planning Committees’ Involvement in Promoting Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) grant, on potential benefits of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs): from reducing greenhouse gas to minimizing dependence on petroleum.  WXY will discuss the tools planners will need to accommodate both electric vehicles and electric vehicle supply equipment in their municipalities.  (This is an initial discussion and if interest is shown we will look to coordinate with others a larger event.)
    2. Update by member Patricia Houser on podcasts/mobile workshop proposal “Outside/In: Neighborhood Planning that Affects Parks” .
    3. Update on other environmental themed proposals submitted for consideration at next year’s National Planning Conference in NY.
    4. Continuing Discussion on putting together a series of presentations & study sessions toward becoming an APA Certified Environmental Planner.
    5. Upcoming Event Planning
    6. Next Meeting Environmental Roundtable Presentation
    7. New Business


    Event Type: Discussion
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