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Choose Safe Places: Keeping children healthy in the environments where they grow, learn, and play

The environment plays a large role in children’s health. Did you know that children are more at risk from exposures to harmful substances than adults? Children drink more water and breathe more air relative to their body size than adults do. Additionally, behaviors that are common in children, such as crawling or putting their hands or other objects in their mouths, can expose them to more chemicals. Because children are still growing and developing, exposures to harmful substances can have long-term impacts. Many children spend large amounts of time in child care facilities, making it important to keep these spaces safe from harmful substances. What is Choose Safe Places? The Choose Safe Places (CSP) program is a new initiative to protect children from harmful exposures to chemicals while attending child care centers. The CSP program works with child care providers and others, such as local planners, to ensure child care centers are located in areas free of harmful substances such as lead, arsenic, or volatile organic compounds. CSP considers four key elements when assessing environmentally safe child care locations: 1. Former uses of the site Contaminants can stay on a site long after the activities that caused the contamination have stopped. Knowing what a property was used for in the past will help identify potential contaminants. For example, a building where manufacturing occurred may contain contamination or a property used as a landfill could have a variety of chemicals in soil or water. Just because a property was used for something previously does not mean it is not suitable for a child care center, but these situations should be... read more

NC-APA Fellowship

The Diversity Committee is a working committee within the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC). Our mission is to increase diversity within the planning profession. The Committee actively promotes diversity among planners and planning-related organizations in North Carolina. Recognizing the unique values, ideas and perspectives offered by a diverse workforce, the Committee establishes ongoing networking and education forums to foster awareness and action towards increasing diversity within the planning profession. The Fellowship is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students and first and second year Masters degree students. The Committee will work along with the Fellow to place them with a local government, private, or non-profit organization within the State of North Carolina for an internship in a Planning related field. The $2,000 stipend will be paid to by the Committee to the fellow on a biweekly basis throughout the 10 week period of the fellowship. The fellow is expected to work 20 hours per week with their organization gaining practical planning experience. Biweekly check-ins will occur between and the Committee and the organization. The fellow is expecting to write a brief 300 word statement at the end of the summer as well as have a final evaluation. ELIGIBILITY In 2018, the National American Planning Association (APA) National organization refocused their efforts on what diversity, inclusion, and equity looks like within the Planning profession and within our growingly diverse communities. In addition to being a member of what has been proven as a marginalized group within the Planning profession, the fellowship is available to those who are: Members of one or more of the following... read more

APA Testimony to US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development

On March 13th, a member of the APA Legislative and Policy Committee offered written and oral testimony to the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD).  During the testimony, APA called upon subcommittee members to increase funding for federal programs, such as CDBG, HOME, BUILD and transit capital grants.  To find out more about this testimony, please check out APA’s blog post here: https://planning.org/blog/blogpost/9173083/.  As a follow-up to this testimony, and since the Chair of the T-HUD Subcommittee is Congressman David Price from North Carolina, APA-NC President Ben Howell sent this letter to Chairman Price in support of APA’s... read more

The City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle sits on top of the ridge that runs through the center of town while Arthur’s Seat looks down from the other end.  The Firth of Forth is visible from the top, and the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored at the docks. 

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