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Smart Growth Event Calendar

Evaluating Complete Streets Projects Webinar, March 31

A Complete Streets approach connects community goals to transportation investments, and measuring the performance of these projects can help communicate that connection. ​This webinar will provide an overview of how to evaluate Complete Streets projects. Join the webinar on March 31, 1 p.m. EDT.

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Category: Events, Webinars, communities, transportation

Resilient Power Project Webinar: Florida’s Solar + Storage Resilient Schools Program, March 31

While other states are launching multi-million dollar microgrids programs, Florida has already quietly installed solar+storage systems at over 115 schools designated as public hurricane shelters, enabling these schools to provide electricity, lighting, heating and cooling, electric charging stations, and other amenities to the public in the event of a natural disaster that disables the electric grid. More than that, they did so at a cost of less than $100,000 per school. Guest speakers for this webinar include Susan Schleith at the University of Central Florida’s Solar Energy Center and John Leeds, Senior Management Analyst at the Florida Office of Energy, who will discuss the program’s success, lessons learned, and future initiatives. Join the webinar on Mar 31, 2 p.m. EDT

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Category: Florida, Event, Online, Solar

Architectural Research Centers Consortium 2015 Conference, April 6-9

​​Research in architecture, design and the built environment is diversifying and reaching new directions. Today, interdisciplinary research approaches that address advanced materials, building technologies, environmental and energy concerns, computational design, automation in construction, design delivery methods, and project management are essential for advancing knowledge about the design of the built environment.​ ​The theme of ARCC 2015 Conference, the FUTURE of Architectural Research, will be a primary event for researchers, faculty members, design professionals and policy makers to discuss and set the course for the future direction of architectural research. Join the ARCC in Chicago, April 6-9.

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Category: Events, Illinois, architecture

Greater & Greener 2015: An International Urban Parks Conference, April 11-14

City Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department are excited to be partnering to present Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities. Join them – and more than 1,000 global park leaders, city planning and design professionals, and urban park advocates in San Francisco, to discover the power of parks in creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable cities ​, April 11-14.

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Category: Events, California, Conferences

Sustainable City Year Conference, April 12­–14

The Sustainable City Year model is a catalytic learning model first developed at the University of Oregones existing higher education courses to work on applied community projects identified by community partners for an entire academic year. The Sustainable City Year Conference is designed to meet the needs of both established programs and university representatives, city officials, and organizational partners. This year’s conference will be hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project, April 12­–14 on the U of MN’s Minneapolis campus.


Category: Events, Minnesota, Sustainability

Webinar: Creative Ways to Consider Funding Future Transportation, 2 - 3:30 pm EST, April 15

The Transportation Research Board will conduct a webinar that will cover new ways to fund transportation infrastructure. Webinar presenters will provide a brief overview of common approaches to funding transportation and highlight several emerging models, including cooperative ownership models, roadway usage charges, and transportation utility fees. The presenters will explore how these approaches may generate new funding for transportation capital and operating programs. Participants must register in advance, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees. A certificate for 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual. This webinar is pending approval by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits. April 15, 2 - 3:30 pm EST.

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Category: Events, Webinars

Streets as Places Training Course, April 16-17

​Project for Public Spaces is sponsoring Streets as Places for seasoned and emerging planning, health, transportation and placemaking professionals. Course participants will learn from a roster of experts how to transform streets into true destinations that attract people, spur economic development, and build community. ​We encourage teams of professionals embarking on a new project to register as a group to maximize their collective impact on the implementation and management of placemaking projects.​ Training will take place April 16-17 in New York City.

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Category: Events, Trainings

Interactive Transit Network Design Course, April 16-17, Seattle, WA

This course, Transit Network Design: an Interactive Short Course, is designed to give anyone a grasp of how network design works, so that they can form more confident and resilient opinions about transit proposals. The course is ideal for people who interact with transit planning in their work but do not necessarily do it themselves — including land use planners, urban designers, developers, traffic engineers, sustainability advocates, transit employees of all kinds, and people who work on transportation or urban policy generally. Advocates who want to be more realistic and effective will also find the course valuable.

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Category: Events, Washington, transit

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