Education

Webinars

As a Chapter service, Washington planners are invited to attend a series of webinars to be offered in 2017 by various APA Chapters. All sessions are free, offer CM credits, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. PST (1 p.m. ET).

  • June 23 – Mississippi Chapter – Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities – Speaker: Mark Miller, Ph.D.
    How do we create employment, grow businesses, and build greater economic resilience in our low-income communities? How do we create economic development for everyone, everywhere – including rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, aging suburbs, and regions such as Appalachia, American Indian reservations, the Mexican border, and the Mississippi Delta – and not just in elite communities? Miller's forthcoming book Economic Development for Everyone (Routledge, June 2017) collects, organizes, and reviews much of the current research available on creating economic development in low-income communities: both the challenges these communities face in the current environment, as well as diverse ideas and opportunities for sustainable economic development.

  • June 30 – Urban Design and Preservation Division – Images, Creative Commons and Copyright – Speaker: Michael Carroll
    Planners and especially those who are urban designers, use photographs and other graphic images for presentation, websites and documents to illustrate ideas. One of the richest sources of images is the internet. Professor Carroll will provide the basics of intellectual property law about using images you find on the internet. He will also describe the innovative sharing network called Creative Commons, which allows you to easily and quickly use a much more expansive gallery of images. Creative Commons is described as “a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works.”

  • July 7 – Urban Design and Preservation Division – Placemaking and Public Art – Speaker: Paula Rees
    On large complex mixed-use projects, how is “placemaking” orchestrated to provide variety, meaning, and unity? What are the considerations in selecting artists and what principles are transferable to other settings? Paula Rees, a Seattle-based designer, will present her philosophy of makes a “place” and the integrated details of her team’s work into mixed-use developments across the U.S. Places that have been exceptionally successful due to creating, or recreating dynamic streetscapes, vibrant retail and memorable public space. Current projects to be shared will include Pike & Rose, the new 24-acre neighborhood in Montgomery County, MD, as well as Assembly Row, a 55-acre “best new neighborhood” emerging in Boston, MA, and Interbay, a flex-industrial neighborhood Rees helped rezone near downtown Seattle. Rees will clarify the role of public art in placemaking, and the connection between providing environmental experiences, and the synergy with retail and attracting people.

You can see the current listing of all webcasts at www.ohioplanning.org/planningwebcast.

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing throughout 2016:

Short Course on Local Planning

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is a partner in Department of Commerce’s Short Course on Local Planning program that brings basic planning education to communities around the state, every year. Please visit the Short Course web page for the most up-to-date list of all short course offerings.

Schools

Planning Schools in Washington State

Distance Planning Education at Ohio State University

The Planning Education at a Distance program is brand new and offers online continuing education classes for planning practioners and public officials.
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University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education

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Graduate Certificate in Climate Science

The Program on Climate Change amplifies the University of Washington’s range of expertise in climate related fields. The Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS) was created to provide an interdisciplinary training in methods, research issues, and communication of climate science that enhances the scientific breadth and professional employability of GCeCS awardees. The certificate combines the PCC courses, specifically designed to address the cross-linkages in the earth system that disciplinary curricula are not able to do, with a capstone in Climate Science Communication. Learn more

Certificate in Construction Management (online)

Master the fundamentals of construction management. Learn the principles of commercial cost estimating, including methods for developing a personal estimating manual and cost estimating techniques for the medium-sized general contractor. Explore the principles, practices and techniques of planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects. Focus on accident prevention through construction safety techniques. Analyze and debate case studies depicting actual events in construction project management. Developed in partnership with UW College of Built Environments. Learn more

Certificate in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Design and Management (online or Seattle)

Expand your technical skills with training in green infrastructure practices that improve water quality by using the natural environment, soil and vegetation to reduce pollution caused by untreated stormwater entering our waterways. Learn more

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning and Livable Communities (online)

Examine the important issues involved in sustainable transportation planning. Review policies and programs that encourage mixed use and higher density levels designed to promote transportation modes other than the single occupancy vehicle. Study the impact that transportation options have on the quality of service, the environment and sustainability. Explore the movement of goods, various freight options and the strategies for making them more sustainable. Learn about the legal and legislative issues surrounding sustainable transportation policy. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 
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Master in Geographic Information Systems: Sustainability Management (online)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be an integral part of a design process to develop sustainable solutions, which balance economic, social and environmental considerations, for the world's most challenging problems. Graduates of this master’s degree program will learn how to design a sustainable world with GIS by modeling complex land, transportation and resource problems using geospatial technologies and sustainability management workflows. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Geography. Learn more

Master in Infrastructure Planning & Management (online)

Protect, Prepare, Adapt. Students in the Master’s in Infrastructure Planning and Management degree program will learn a blend of skills in analysis, strategic planning and emergency management to implement plans that increase infrastructure resilience. Explore how threats such as extreme natural events, climate change, accidents and terrorism impact interconnected and complex infrastructure systems. Developed in partnership with the UW College of Built Environments. Learn more

Master of Sustainable Transportation (online)

Explore sustainable transportation planning and policy, and analyze the growing interest in transportation’s environmental, social, energy and economic impacts on our society. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Learn more

Research

Building Permit Survey

Research and survey findings about building permit turnaround times.

Conducted by Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) of Washington in October 2001. Contact John W. Carpita, P.E. if you have questions.

Unified Development Code

How To Write a Unified Development Code Incorporating Regulatory Reform by Steve Ladd, AICP.