Dr. Donovan Finn of Stony Brook University is conducting a survey about the role of climate science in local urban planning. This research is sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

The brief anonymous survey will ask about the role of climate science in your day-to-day work as a planner. It should take about 12 minutes to complete, and the findings will inform our research about how to provide more actionable climate data for local planners.

We are interested in the views and opinions of anyone trained in planning or working in any/all aspects of planning, whether you think of yourself as working on “environmental” issues or not. The survey will not ask for or collect your email address or any personally identifiable information. However, you may voluntarily enter a drawing at the end of the survey to be eligible for one of twenty Visa gift cards ($25 each) to be given away to twenty random survey respondents.

You can access the survey HERE until February 29, 2020.

Also, please also feel free (and encouraged!) to share the survey with planning colleagues in the public and private sectors – transportation, land use, federal, state, local, county, big, small, MPO, RPC, COG, consultant, you name it. If they are educated as planners or work as planners, we would love to hear from them. Thank you!

The APA Long Island Section is pleased to announce the recipients of the Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship for 2020. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Juliann Navarra, Community Engagement Coordinator, Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning

Sarah SingerEnvironmental Planner, Nelson, Pope & Voorhis

Jonathan Sokol, Environmental Technician, Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning

The scholarship awardees will receive $1,500 for registration, one or more mobile workshops, and expenses for attendance at the APA National Planning Conference – Houston, Texas – April 25 thru April 28, 2020.

The Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District will be offering a free training on culvert assessments on June 3 and 4, 2020.

The training consists of both a classroom component and an in-field portion. By the end of the training session, all participants will be qualified as Lead Observers (LO) with the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC). Lead Observers have the ability to individually assess culverts and stream crossings for habitat restoration possibilities and other unique replacement opportunities. Data from culvert assessments can be uploaded into NAACC’s public database.

ATTENDANCE WILL BE CAPPED AT 60 INDIVIDUALS! To register, please email Edward.compagnone2@suffolkcountyny.gov or call 631-852-3036 with any questions. Please do not wait to register!


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APA National Conference 2020 - AK Memorial Scholarship Announcement

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Dr. Donovan Finn of Stony Brook University is surveying professional planners about the use of climate science in planning. The online survey should take about 12 minutes. Twenty randomly selected participants will receive $25 Visa gift cards. You can access the survey at: https://tinyurl.com/y2xpv5xm. This survey will be closed on November 15th, 2019.

Dr. Donovan Finn at Stony Brook University is currently conducting a survey of professional planners in the United States, sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, to gain a better understanding of how local planners use climate data in their work and to assess their level of scientific training related to climatological issues.

The goal of the study is to use this information to create continuing education training modules and other resources that can help planners locate, identify and utilize better and more sophisticated climate data in their work.


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The New York Metro Chapter is thrilled to announce the designation of Governors Island and Downtown Patchogue Village as “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association in 2019! Governors Island in New York Harbor was named a “Great Public Space,” and Downtown Patchogue Village was named a “Great Neighborhood”!

Chapter President Max Sokol, AICP, Vice President of Intergovernmental Affairs Shachi Pandey, AICP, LEED AP, and Professional Development Officer Alex Wallach, AICP were present in Washington DC for the announcement on Capitol Hill this morning.

APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods and public spaces in the United States that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

The Long Island Section is deeply appreciative of Alex Wallach, AICP for his leadership and dedication in organizing the Great Places nomination and celebration for Downtown Patchogue Village!


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A formal local announcement for the Downtown Patchogue Village designation will take place outside the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (71 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772) on October 19, at 11 AM, followed by a reception at the Theatre lobby area. The reception is a free event and requires an RSVP, please visit HERE.

A walking tour of Downtown Patchogue Village will commence from the Theatre at 1 PM, and will finish at the Blue Point Brewery at 4 PM. Participation requires the purchase of a Walking Tour Ticket. The Walking Tour Ticket includes access to the Reception at the Theatre (additional RSVP is not required), organized walking tour, and an after-party wristband for a free drink at the Blue Point Brewery. Tickets are limited, register HERE today.

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Session 1 [Coastal Erosion Districts]

Session 2 [Blueway Trail / Bay to Sound / Hike – Bike]


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!


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