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Introduction to Urban Sustainability Appraisal Tools

This course is the first in a four-part series on how urban sustainability appraisal tools serve as collaborative platforms and sustainability accelerators for communities.

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Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (69 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2016
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    1.
    Introduction
    Chapter Duration 2 mins
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    2.
    What Are Urban Sustainability Appraisal Tools?
    Chapter Duration 4 mins
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    3.
    Why Is Sustainability Appraisal Worth Doing?
    Chapter Duration 9 mins
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    Who Uses Appraisal Tools?
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    How Are Appraisal Tools Applied?
    Chapter Duration 8 mins
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    The World of Appraisal Tools
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Tool Qualities, Part 1
    Chapter Duration 10 mins
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    Tool Qualities, Part 2
    Chapter Duration 14 mins
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    Technical Resources
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    Conclusion
    Chapter Duration 2 mins

Course Description

This course is the first in a four-part series on how urban sustainability appraisal tools serve as collaborative platforms and sustainability accelerators for communities. Assessment and rating tools covered in the series include STAR Community, APA Sustaining Places, 2030 Districts, EcoDistricts Protocol, LEED for Neighborhood Development, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Community Challenge, SITES, and Envision. This introductory course provides an overview of the series, a set of learning objectives, and background information on the benefits of sustainability appraisal. At the conclusion of this course, you will understand the definition of an urban sustainability appraisal tool, the value of applying such tools, and who is currently using them.

Learn these skills

  • Environmental Planning
  • LEED
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit. 

AIA CES

This is 1 LU.

CNU-A

This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.

SACPLAN CPD

This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

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Eliot Allen

Eliot Allen

Eliot Allen, certified, LEED AP-ND, is an urban planner and Principal with Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon. Eliot has supervised certification reviews for over 200 neighborhoods worldwide.

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I intend to discuss the ideas presented in this course series with my Executive Director, to see if/how these concepts can be incorporated into our development review process.
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It really opens your eyes to the numerous tools and resources out there, and the various scales of applicability.
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