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Visionaries honored by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania Commonwealth awards program for projects and plans that enhance livability and community resiliency

“Creating healthy, vibrant and resilient communities is the mission of 10,000 Friends,” said Stacie Reidenbaugh, President and CEO of 10,000 Friends. “This celebration brings together leading professionals in real estate development, architecture, engineering, transportation, planning, higher ed, healthcare, municipal government, and community development.”

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Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announces initial keynote speakers for 10th World Congress 2019

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the initial keynote speakers for the 10th World Congress, which will be held in Chicago from Monday, October 28 to Saturday, November 2, 2019. Speakers include Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group; Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Moshe Safdie of Safdie Architects; and Joe Berridge of Urban Strategies, Inc.

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NYSERDA announces grand opening of Solara Apartments net-zero residential building project in Rotterdam

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the completion of the first phase of Solara Apartments, a new multifamily development that is built to net-zero construction standards. A report released, “New York Getting to Net-zero Status Report,” by the New Buildings Institute shows New York State is leading the Northeast in net-zero buildings with 27 documented ongoing and completed net-zero building projects and a total of 132 net-zero, high-performance, and Passive House building projects which implement a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint.

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The world’s top land use leaders to gather in Washington, D.C. for ULI’s 2019 Fall Meeting

Nearly 7,000 of the world’s foremost leaders in the real estate and land use industry will convene at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2019 Fall Meeting, set for September 18-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary, member-driven real estate organization dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities.

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Center for Active Design announces Fitwel® v2.1: Introducing New Construction pathway, and Retail and Community Scorecards

The Center for Active Design (CfAD), operator of the Fitwel Certification System, announces the June 3, 2019 launch of Fitwel v2.1.  Fitwel v2.1 advances the Fitwel vision that every building and community is optimized for health. It will feature a New Construction pathway, newly developed Retail and Community Scorecards, as well as strengthened Workplace and Multifamily Residential Scorecards.

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American Planning Association honors American Institute of Architects Sustainable Design Assessment Team program

The American Planning Association (APA) is recognizing the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program with its 2019 Excellence in Sustainability Awards for its dedication to supporting and growing sustainable communities. The award, given by the APA’s Sustainable Communities Division, supports planners and related professionals in their efforts to foster a sustainable and resilient future. AIA’s SDAT program works with localities around the country to create community-driven action plans that help them achieve sustainable design plans for the future. Complete details of the program are available online.

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Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence announces five finalists for 2019 design award

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) announces five finalists for its 2019 Gold and Silver medal prizes. The Gold Medalist will receive $50,000, and four Silver Medalists will each receive $10,000 to enhance their projects. For more than 30 years, the biennial RBA has recognized transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities.

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PA innovators and projects honored by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s leading voice for smart growth, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, has honored Bethlehem, PA innovators and projects in the statewide nonprofit’s annual awards program. A mayor, social entrepreneur, planner and developer were recognized for their individual and collaborative efforts of alternative economic development strategies that helped revitalize the deindustrialized city.

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