Climate & Sustainability Working Group

The APA International Division has recently established a Climate & Sustainability Working Group. The goals of the new Climate & Sustainability Working Group are to:

  • Foster discussion related to international dimensions of climate action, resilience, and sustainability within APA and abroad
  • Bring overseas innovations in resilience and climate action planning to American planners and communities
  • Better understand the US’s achievement of the SDGs especially related to planning
  • Increase US planner visibility in international SDG and climate processes
  • Facilitate International Division planners to help the world meet the SDGs and the 1.5 degrees Paris Agreement target.
To help accomplish these goals, the team will organize quarterly meetings that will introduce participants to tools, techniques, and methodologies for planning and measuring climate adaptation, resilience and sustainability.

The first Working Group webinar will be a World Town Planning Day (WTPD) session entitled, "Inclusively Resilient Urbanism". The session will take a comprehensive look at how to make climate action more inclusive and how to plan for climate adaptation and mitigation in ways that improve development sustainability and address social inequalities.  

A second webinar, tentatively planned for early in 2022, will present climate action planning strategies and methodologies.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the working group or getting updates on upcoming webinar opportunities, please email our Working Group Coordinator, Jessica Schmidt, at