The Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration is pleased to announce a webinar series exploring the vital connections and partnerships between planners and the health of our water resources and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Each webinar will feature local planners who are engaged in initiatives that serve their community and further water quality and living resource goals. Each will also include resources available to planners that may be relevant or helpful. AICP certificate maintenance credits will be available. All webinars will be recorded and posted to the Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration’s YouTube page. Please visit Virginia Chapter’s page for the latest information regarding this webinar series.
Webinars will be third Thursdays of each month starting at 12:00 PM
- July 28 | Planning for Agriculture, Wind and Solar | REGISTER
Policies in the United States promote expansion of renewable energy and protection of farmland. Sometimes these goals clash. This presentation reviews the land consumption issues, local opposition to renewable energy (NIMBYism) and competing state and local policies. The focus then turns on co-location, or how agriculture and renewable energy can co-exist and be mutually beneficial. Finally, the presentation concludes with best planning practices, ways to avoid conflict and model zoning provisions.
- June 16 | Smart Growth Tools for Protecting Water Resources | REGISTER
Water quality outcomes are directly tied to land use decisions made by local jurisdictions. This webinar would explore local land use scenarios that lead to triple-bottom-line (economic, social, environmental) results and pose questions on current land use trends watershed-wide that may threaten progress.
- May 19 | The One Water Approach and How It Benefits the Bay | REGISTER
Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), aka. the “One Water” approach, has been embraced by APA as a best practice. Clean water goals have a strong connection to the One Water approach. This webinar will present local planning jurisdictions that have taken a One Water approach in ways that minimize environmental impacts and maximize achievement of social and economic goals.
- April 21 | How to Leverage Conservation, Open Space and Parks Funding to Maximize Multiple Benefits | REGISTER
How are localities leveraging conservation, open space and parks funding to maximize economic development, environmental stewardship, and quality of life? This webinar will explore the policies and opportunities that support conservation, recreation and open space at the local level.
- March 17 | Leveraging Hazard Mitigation for Water Quality Benefits | REGISTER
Efforts to reduce water pollution can also achieve hazard mitigation plan goals. This webinar will provide examples of how local planners have integrated water quality, such as Green Infrastructure, into their Hazard Mitigation Plans.
- February 17 | Plan Integration for Resilience and Equity | REGISTER
Planners have a number of plans for which they are responsible. Two factors, climate resilience and equity, are top-of-mind as we try and integrate planning strategies to provide multiple benefits. The webinar would explore examples of successful plan integration and their relation to building in more resilient approaches to local decision-making.
- January 20 | A Planner’s Guide to Chesapeake Bay | REGISTER
This webinar will provide an orientation to the Bay, including geography, population, the Bay Program, why it’s important for planners to know about the Bay and how local decision-making impacts water resources.