Award Catergories and Criteria
Outstanding Planning Award
- Comprehensive Planning Award │ For a plan, program or process of unusually high merit.
- Planning Project Award│For a specific project, bylaw, ordinance, or document of unusually high merit.
- Social Advocacy Award│For a program, project, group or individual indicating a high level of advocacy planning on behalf of those in need.
- Student Project Award │For an individual or group of students for an outstanding project.
- Media Award│For excellence and comprehensive coverage of a planning or development issue.
Distinguished Leadership/Service Awards
- Professional Planner Award │For sustaining contribution to the planning profession through distinguished practice, teaching or writing.
- Faye Seigfriedt Award │For a planner who has contributed significantly to the advancement of women in the field of planning.
- Legislator of the Year │ For an elected official who has made a significant contribution to planning.
- Citizen Planner Award│ For a non professional, citizen who has made a distinguished contribution to planning.
- Distinguished Service Award │ For an APA Member who has made a significant contribution to the development of the Chapter.
- MAPD Chapter Award │For a special project or contribution identified by MAPD.
- Young Planner Award │For a junior or mid-level young practicing planner who has excelled in leadership, increased the impact of planning in public and private decision making, or enhanced the APA-MA Chapter.
- Nominations must represent projects, issues or people in Massachusetts.
- The work must represent an ongoing program or project, or have been completed within two calendar years preceding January 2015.
- Members of the APA-MA Awards Committee are not eligible to submit or receive awards.
- The APA-MA Awards Committee may select a winner from each category, or only chosen categories, depending upon the submissions made.
- Self nominated projects are always welcome.
Evaluation Criteria for Outstanding Planning Awards
- Innovation │ Introduction of an original concept or refinement of an existing technique or procedure.
- Quality │ Excellence of thought, analysis, writing, graphics and ethical planning principles.
- Transferability │ Applicability to other areas or projects.
- Implementation│ Effectiveness of the project as evidenced by activity after completion.
- Comprehensiveness │ Thoroughness of the project or program.
Evaluation Criteria for Distinguished Leadership/Service Awards
These awards submissions will be evaluated upon the specific purpose of each award category