APA Engagement - Growing Water Smart Virtual Workshop Series
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APA Engagement - Growing Water Smart Virtual Workshop Series

5/6/2020 to 5/20/2020
When: Wednesday, May 6 | Wednesday, May 13 | Wednesday, May 20
Each workshop will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Where: Virtual Workshop Series Held via Zoom Meetings
United States
Contact: Patti King

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This workshop series will engage Arizona planning professionals in Growing Water Smart and Exploratory Scenario Planning, two initiatives of the Sonoran Institute and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy with the hopes of advancing tool and resource development and the capacity of Arizona planning professionals to adapt to uncertainty in pursuit of resilient, inclusive, sustainable, and equitable communities.

The topic will be presented in a series of three virtual workshops.  Each workshop will be recorded should you be unable to participate live in all three.  All workshops will take place on the date noted below between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.  Once you register, you will receive background material and login instructions. 

Wednesday, May 6:  Integrating Water and Land Use Planning

Historically, water resources and land use planning have been conducted separately. However, where and how we build directly impacts water demand and the quality of water that nourishes our ecosystems and replenishes our supplies.

Growing Water Smart, a joint-program of the Sonoran Institute and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Babbitt Center, trains and assists local governments in the integration of water and land use planning so people, nature and industry can thrive.

While the Colorado River Basin states negotiate solutions to projected basin-wide shortage, local jurisdictions must prepare for their own uncertainties concerning water, growth and community resilience.

This session will provide an interactive, virtual discussion of the actions you can take to collaborate within and among local governments, optimize water efficiency, manage costs and ensure healthy and resilient communities and watersheds.

Wednesday, May 13:  Development Dialogue: The Planner's Role

Earlier this year, members of the development community on the cutting edge of water efficient design spoke candidly with us about the barriers they face in building projects that optimize water efficiency and highlighted opportunities to break down these barriers.

This session will provide an interactive, virtual reflection on the list of recommendations and discussion of how planners can accelerate the move toward water-smart buildings and landscapes being the norm in our communities.

Wednesday, May 20:  Exploratory Scenario Planning (XSP): How to Navigate an Uncertain Future
Failing to plan is planning to fail. – Benjamin Franklin

Exploratory Scenario Planning (XSP), a simplified process to advance resiliency, preparedness, readiness, and contingency planning at an organizational, city or regional scale. Learn how you can apply XSP to mitigate and adapt to uncertainty, disruptive forces and systemic threats like climate change, public health pandemics or automation.

This session will provide an interactive orientation to Exploratory Scenario Planning. Access information and resources to help you apply this budding best practice in your community and catalyze the collaborative efforts needed to address your concerns at scale. Ideally, this XSP activity will help to identify an advisory/working group to execute an in-person Arizona Water and Growth workshop when capacity and CDC guidance allows. 


$65 for APA Arizona Members
$85 for Non-Members
$25 for Students

Please make sure you are logged into your member profile in order to take advantage of member pricing. 

This series of events provides six AICP Certification Maintenance credits: https://arizona.planning.org/events/eventsingle/9199289/