Thursday, April 20, 2017

FEMA Region 10 webinar series on planning for natural hazards

FEMA Region 10 has been holding a series of valuable webinars on natural hazard planning and mitigation.  The next is this Friday and details are below.  Links to the previous webinars are also below.


2017 FEMA Region 10 Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series

Strengthening tribal, state, and local natural hazards mitigation planning program capabilities

Topic: “Developing FEMA Mitigation Planning Grants”

Friday, April 21

10am-11am (PST)

Join us to learn about:

  • FEMA planning grants offered through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program
  • Best practices in developing a planning grant scope of work
  • Fundable planning activities
  • Process to developing and applying for a FEMA planning grant, whether through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) or Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program.

Guest Speakers

  • Steven Randolph, FEMA Region 10 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Senior Specialist
  • Angie Lane, Oregon State Hazard Mitigation Officer
  • Susan Cleverley, Idaho State Hazard Mitigation Officer


Registration (Free)

Go to  and register (Remember, your registration is unique to you. Don’t share it. Encourage others to individually register)


Visit the FEMA Region 10 Mitigation Planning Coffee Break Webinar Series Portal

Past monthly webinars, future online training, resources, and upcoming in-person training are located at  






Introduction to Natural Hazards Mitigation Planning

January Recording

January Materials


Building the Mitigation Planning Team

February Recording

February Materials


Effective Public Engagement in Mitigation Planning

March Recording

March Materials

April 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

APA Planning & Law Division announces its 34th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition

From Alan Weinstein:

The Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association announces its 34th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. The Competition, which honors the memory of three leading figures in American city planning law (R. Marlin Smith, Richard Babcock, and Norman Williams) is open to law students and planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law. The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,000 and submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law. The Second Place paper will receive a prize of $400 and one Honorable Mention prize of $100 will also be awarded. The deadline for submission of entries is June 5, 2017 and winners will be announced by August 22, 2017. Please refer to the enclosed official rules for further details. Our past experience has shown that teachers in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law are in an ideal position to stimulate student interest in research and writing and to encourage participation in the Competition. Each year, many of the entries appear to have been prepared initially for various courses or seminars. We hope you will add your support to the Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition by encouraging your students to submit entries.

Download APA-PLD Student Writing Competition 2017

April 19, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities - Call for Fellows, 2017-18

From Sarah Schindler:


Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities - Call for Fellows, 2017-18

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities is pleased to announce a call for fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. Two fellows will be appointed; one fellow will focus on Architecture and Humanities and the other on Urban Adaptation to Climate Change.

For questions, please email

Architecture and Humanities Fellow

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities and the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University seek to attract a fellow whose work is grounded in the humanities to collaborate with both programs. Applicants with outstanding intellectual, literary, and visual talents who demonstrate an abiding interest in multi-disciplinary work focused on the intersection of architecture, urbanism, and the humanities are strongly encouraged to apply. The fellow may be expected to team-teach a new interdisciplinary design studio for undergraduates that will be required for Urban Studies certificate students, or a seminar on urbanism and the environment, with a member of the design faculty in the School of Architecture at Princeton (contingent upon sufficient enrollments and approval from the Dean of the Faculty).

Please submit a cover letter (including your teaching interests), CV, 1,000 word description of a proposed research project, and a brief (chapter or article-length) writing sample, and contact information for three references by May 12, 2017 for full consideration.

For applicants taking a sabbatical year., please apply here.

For applicants seeking a postdoctoral position, please apply here.

Urban Adaption to Climate Change

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, together with the Climate Futures Initiative at Princeton University, are seeking fellowship applications in urban adaptation to climate change for the 2017-18 academic year. 

We seek to attract a Fellow engaged in bridging the environmental sciences, social sciences, planning and architecture and/or the humanities. Fields of specialization might include planning and architecture, cultural studies, geography, history, philosophy, politics, or public policy. We welcome research projects contemplating any given dimension of the relationships between built and natural environments. These could include scholarship on the impact of different urbanization models (e.g.: density vs. sprawl); ethical questions (who wins and who loses in various adaptation scenarios); models of deliberative governance; the arts in the 'anthropocene'; or design solutions to cope with the consequences of climate change. The individual will be required to team-teach an undergraduate course on urban adaptation to changing environmental conditions (contingent upon sufficient enrollments and approval from the Dean of the Faculty), and expected to participate regularly in the events and activities of both the Princeton-Mellon Initiative and the Climate Futures Initiative.

This position is funded through the support of the Princeton Environmental Institute's Urban Grand Challenge, which fosters productive exchanges between students and scholars working in a variety of fields to create an innovative program that combines the study of the natural and built urban environments with a goal of identifying solutions that are sensitive to environmental issues including global change, water resource management, energy efficiency, technology innovation, human and environmental health, as well as equity and fairness, poverty and jobs creation, race, ethnicity, and more intangible notions of belonging.

Please submit a cover letter, vita, 500-word description of a proposed course, brief (chapter or article-length) writing sample, 1,000 word description of a research project that he/she would undertake as a fellow, and contact information for three references by May 12, 2017.

For applicants taking a sabbatical year., please apply here.

For applicants seeking a postdoctoral position, please apply here.

April 14, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cleveland National Forest v. SANDAG finally set for oral argument May 4 at Cal Supreme Court

Oral arguments in Cleveland National Forest v. San Diego Association of Governments have finally been set for May 4 at the California Supreme Court, and will be broadcast live on the court's website.  

This case has dragged out for years, but it may be the most important land use case out there.  The details are complicated, but the gist of the case is that a California law, SB375, required California's regional governmental agencies to integrate local land use decisions with transportation planning.  The hitch with SB375 was that it did not have any enforcement mechanism.  However, this case is really about whether the state's environmental review law, the California Environmental Quality Act, can be that enforcement mechanism.  If the court holds that CEQA can serve as the enforcement for SB375, then California may well become the first state where local governments have to integrate transportation planning with land use planning.  

That's the fly-over version; digging deeper requires tolerance for a lot of acronyms and a fair amount of procedure.  If you're ready, here is a link to the case file:


To be argued on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., in San Francisco.

For more information on this case, go to:

The webcast link will be posted here the day of the hearing:

April 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Outka lecture on "Shifting Energy Landscapes" - April 13 at Vermont Law - Live video

From Melissa Scanlan at Vermont Law:

In a time of dramatic energy transitions, we invite you to watch our 13th Annual Norman Williams Lecture on Land Use Planning and the Law. Uma Outka’s talk, titled “Shifting Energy Landscapes,” will address the energy sector’s dynamic, transitional, and uncertain moment through the lens of energy landscapes – the physical landscapes that narrate a shift in land use for energy in the United States, and the regulatory landscape framing the pace and ambition of the low-carbon trajectory. With a focus on renewable energy, the Lecture will highlight drivers and implications of these shifting landscapes as they bear on the goal of decarbonization and electric power. ​Uma Outka is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law and an Affiliate Faculty member of the Environmental Studies Program and the Center for Environmental Policy at KU.

Watch live tomorrow - Thursday, April 13 - starting at 5:45 p.m. EST or check back for a recording at:

April 13, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)