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MassAudubon Workshop Series: Community Resilience in the Taunton Watershed

APA-MA: 3.5 AICP CM credits for each half-day workshop

Workshop Series: Community Resilience in the Taunton Watershed

APA-MA is supporting MassAudubon’s workshop series on Community Resilience in the Taunton Watershed by providing 3.5 AICP CM credits for each half-day workshop. Two half-day interactive workshops will be offered in five separate communities – Norton, Taunton, Middleboro, Dighton, and Halifax – between January 27 and June 2017. The workshops are free.

Has your town been impacted by drought, floods, or poor water quality? What are local vulnerabilities to weather extremes, how do they interact with development, and how can we be more resilient to climate change?

Join us in one of five communities in the Taunton watershed, each hosting two free interactive, half-day workshops to identify what keeps our communities healthy. Explore how green infrastructure provides free services that reduces costs and vulnerabilities to our built infrastructure (roads, buildings, utilities). Learn and share ideas to solve many of the challenges we face.

Workshops will be held in Norton, Taunton, Middleboro, Dighton, and Halifax from January-June 2017.

These workshops are eligible for AICP CM credits.

Questions? Email shapingthefuture@massaudubon.org.



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2017 Planning Webcast Series

Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:

“Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.” – United Nations Sustainable Development Platform. People all over the world are experiencing the negative effects of changing weather patterns, rising sea level and more extreme weather events. Given the enormity of the situation and the fact that our President-Elect believes that climate change is a hoax, what can planners do at the local and state levels to mitigate its effects? How can we design practical regulatory and other tools to slow the effects of climate change on our communities and our country?  There are many examples of communities in need right now.  Sea level rise and flooding are affecting every aspect of life for some people on the front lines of climate change.  Look at Alaska, South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana not to mention residents of New York and New Jersey who are still recovering from the inundation caused by Super Storm Sandy.  In other parts of the country drought conditions are leading to more forest fires with high costs to local communities in terms of loss of property, life stock, loss of income, etc.  Gatlinburg, Tennessee is but one example of what can happen when dry conditions persist for months.  But everywhere you look there are planners working with local volunteer groups to create strategies to make communities and regions more resilient to the ravages of climate change. Our two speakers Mike Lydon and Mitchell Silver are going to discuss in broad terms some of the things they are working on to help turn things around or at least slow the effects of climate change on communities.

With the release of a new publication by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks (STAR) Guide focuses on design guidelines that aim to improve bicycling and walking in communities seeking solutions more tailored to their small town needs. This webinar provides you with a first look into this idea book for smaller communities, with visualizations and guidance for contemporary walking and biking facilities. Based in FHWA and AASHTO guidance, the Small Town and Rural guide applies a flexible design approach to creating more comfortable places for walking and biking. In addition to a preview of this guide, this session will include recent examples of projects from small towns from throughout the Midwest by Alta Planning + Design and SHE.

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