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

Award honors projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting and growing sustainable communities.

WASHINGTON – April 15, 2019 – 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.

“Through the SDAT process, our community established a detailed implementation plan for positive change towards a sustainable future,” said Nathan A. West, AICP, City Manager of the City of Port Angeles, Washington. “Ten years after working with the SDAT team, there continues to be new success stories, which include improved public access to our waterfront and over sixty façade improvements integrated by a large number of area businesses. All the success stories visually illustrate SDAT’s direct benefit to our community.”

Learn more about SDAT’s impact on Port Angeles.

Through the SDAT program, over 450 professionals from more than 30 disciplines have provided millions of dollars in pro bono services to over 80 communities across 35 states since 2005. The program has engaged approximately 20,000 participants in citizen-driven sustainability plans. SDAT projects have catalyzed billions of dollars in sustainable development while inspiring community pride and innovative partnerships. Overall, the public service has been successful in building sustainable communities from the ground up.

About the American Planning Association (APA)

APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA includes a professional institute for certified planners, 47 chapters, 21 divisions, and special memberships for students.

About the APA Sustainable Communities Division

The need for leadership on comprehensive approaches to sustainability planning is growing. The APA Sustainable Communities Division's goal is to help planners engage in and collaborate on innovative approaches to this important emerging issue. The Division was recognized for outstanding communication efforts with a Divisions Council Achievement Award for their email bulletin which is published bi-monthly.


Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


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