ROSS at the 2015 APA National Conference

The American Planning Association's Annual National Conference is coming to Seattle this weekend and the ROSS team is excited to participate! Several of us will be in attendance and our very own Nancy Rottle from the University of Washington’s Green Futures Research and Design Lab will present the ROSS project to the planning community. Steve Whitney from the Bullitt Foundation, who provides leadership to for ROSS, organized and will moderate this session.

The session this Sunday will examine initiatives underway in the Pacific Northwest to advance complex, multi-objective, collaborative planning at the interface of built and natural environments. With Nancy speaking on behalf of the ROSS, Mike Wetter with the Intertwine Alliance in Oregon and Christianne Wilhelmson with the Georgia Strait Alliance in Vancouver, B.C. are joining to represent their innovative work.

Planning that values nature as infrastructure can produce multiple environmental and socio-economic benefits. Yet, institutional and other barriers can often hinder progress. Together, these contemporary projects illustrate how collective action and systemic thinking can improve planning outcomes. Attendees will gain insight into how non-governmental organizations and private philanthropy can foster interdisciplinarity and a cooperative dialog among multi-jurisdictional multi-stakeholder partners. The session will also explore the rapidly evolving field of ecosystem service identification and valuation, as well as introduce concepts for the practical applicatoin of these methods.


"Planning Innovation in the Pacific Northwest" on April 19th from 10:45am to 12:00pm

We hope to see you there!


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