Principal David Rouse is one of 11 members of the American Planning Association's Sustaining Places Task Force, established earlier this year to address the use of the comprehensive plan as the leading policy document and tool to help communities of all sizes achieve sustainability. The Task Force is part of the Sustaining Places Initiative, announced in March 2010 by APA President Bruce Knight and Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer at the United Nation's Fifth World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sustaining Places is a multi-year, multi-faceted program to define the role of planning in addressing all human settlement issues relating to sustainability.
Co-chairs of the Sustaining Places Task Force are David Godschalk, Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Bill Anderson, Director of Planning and Community Investment for the City of San Diego. The charge of the Task Force is to explore and recommend ways that comprehensive planning can advance climate change, energy, and other sustainability objectives in the nation’s communities. The Task Force's recommendations will be summarized in a report forthcoming in 2011.
"It is an honor to have been asked by APA’s leadership to serve on so important a Task Force with such esteemed colleagues," David said. "It represents a great opportunity to share lessons learned by WRT in addressing sustainability in comprehensive plans for communities such as Albany (NY), Austin (TX), and Union County (PA)."