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APA Policy Guide on Planning for Sustainability

Please send any comments and input to Pierce Rigrod  prigrod@des.state.nh.us.

At the NHPA’s 2008 Annual Meeting the NHPA Membership voted to recognize and support the APA Policy Guide on Planning for Sustainability to guide NHPA internal practices and outreach to members. Since the adoption of the policy  the NHPA has been working to create a Sustainability Action Plan that supports the policy guide and provides a structure to accomplish internally the intentions set out in the APA Sustainability Policy. The NHPA Sustainability Plan will look at different aspects of the Executive Committee’s activities, and how environmental impacts can be reduced or changed. Direction and implementation of the plan rests with the Sustainability Coordinator Pierce Rigrod.

The APA policy guide can be viewed at: https://www.planning.org/policy/guides/adopted/sustainability.htm.


Please contact Pierce for more information.


NHPA Sustainable Policy Statement

NHPA recognizes and supports the American Planning Association’s Sustainability Policy and Guidelines. The following NHPA Sustainability Policy statement is meant to be used as guide for the Executive Committee in conducting meetings and business related to internal operations. The following information can be used as an information clearinghouse for New Hampshire planners dealing with issues of sustainability.

NHPA Executive Board is committed to improving its environmental performance by addressing the following objectives:

NHPA Executive Board
Sustainability Action Plan

This Action Plan provides a structure to accomplish internally the intentions set out in the APA Sustainability Policy. The NHPA Sustainability Plan looks at different aspects of the Executive Committee’s activities, and how environmental impacts can be reduced or changed. Please view the NHPA footprint to understand existing practices. Each section of work will go through similar phases:

  • Review of current practice
  • Assessing options for change
  • Agreement of new procedures or policy
  • Providing training and resources, where necessary
  • Implementation
  • Monitoring
  • Review and revision, if necessary

The goal for NHPA is to achieve the sustainability policy internally and support the planning field externally through:
Awareness:

Energy Consumption and Climate Protection:

  • Remove, Reduce, Replace, and Offset. This hierarchy will be applied to all NHPA meetings wherever possible, including but not limited to the Annual Meeting, Annual Conference, and associated workshops
  • The Sustainability Coordinator will conduct a carbon footprint of NHPA activities. The Sustainability Coordinator will work with the Executive Committee to establish a framework for the footprint. The footprint along with report will be made available to all NHPA members and the general public 

Transportation:

  • Provide Executive Committee with training and advice on achieving low fuel consumption
  • Promote sustainable transportation for Executive Committee members for meetings.

Waste & Water:

  • Purchase renewable, reusable, recyclable, and recycled materials.
  • Distribute information via electronic format
  • Circulate NHPA newsletter through email and on web site
  • Remove and reduce waste generated from NHPA associated meetings
  • Follow Green Meeting guide for all NHPA associated meetings and workshops

Management and Review
This Action Plan will be reviewed and voted on every year at the Annual Meeting. The importance, knowledge and perception of environmental issues change rapidly and it is possible, therefore, that the annual review will bring forward new issues for consideration in the following year. The review may also lead to previous issues being dropped.

Direction and implementation of the plan rests with the Sustainability Coordinator. NHPA members will have the opportunity to make suggestions and comment before the annual meeting.


Contact:
NHPA Sustainability Coordinator: Pierce Rigrod; prigrod@des.state.nh.us.

 

 

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