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- Blumenauer Joins CNU Transportation Summit Lineup -- Register
- CNU Members Overwhelmingly Approve LEED-ND
- Go Electronic, Go Green: Help CNU Save Paper and Money!
- Fire Code Proposals to Be Heard in Baltimore, Oct. 24-26
- What's New @ CNU.org
- Smart Infrastructure Summit, December 8-9 in DC
- Brownfields 2009, November 16-18
- Form-Based Codes Institute: Webinar and Upcoming Training
- National Charrette Institute: Upcoming
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1. Blumenauer Joins CNU Transportation Summit Lineup --
Cycling, transit advocate to speak on Nov. 6
One of New Urbanism’s most celebrated Congressmen, Rep. Earl Blumenauer,
will speak at CNU’s Transportation
Summit 2009, Nov. 4-6, in his hometown, Portland, Ore. Blumenauer,
a forceful advocate in Congress of livable communities and transportation
reform – including strong support for cycling, streetcars, and passenger rail – will
speak on the Summit’s final day, Friday, Nov. 6. He is a co-sponsor of the
pending CLEAN TEA amendment to the climate bill, which now includes CNU-backed
language designating network connectivity enhancements as a proposed component
of clean transportation funding eligibility.
To register for the Summit and to see the draft agenda, visit http://www.cnu.org/transportation2009.
2. CNU Members Overwhelmingly Approve LEED-ND
Green neighborhood rating system endorsed in first-ever online member ballot
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) requested the input of its members on whether to approve the current version of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) 2009 rating system. The online ballot was open for 30 days — from August 19 to September 17, 2009 — and members logged in to CNU.org to place their vote.
The results were overwhelmingly in favor of launching LEED-ND, 94 percent to 6 percent. Once the polls closed, the CNU board verified the vote and unanimously approved going forward with the launch.
“Thank you to all the members who weighed in on this important decision,” stated John Norquist. "Over the years, CNU members helped improve the system's ability to assess the degree to which projects embrace the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. The ballot result confirms their work.” All told, 249 or just under 10 percent of CNU’s members voted, a number Norquist said represented a pretty favorable participation rate considering the level of detail in the rating system.
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4. Fire Code Proposals to Be Heard in Baltimore,
Be there, be heard
The Congress for the New Urbanism is proposing changes to the International Fire Code that will empower local fire code officials to be more flexible on street designs. These
amendments, developed by new urbanists and fire marshals working cooperatively through CNU’s Emergency
Response & Street Design Initiative, will be debated on the weekend of Oct. 24-26 at the International Code Council’s Annual Conference & Code Development Hearings in Baltimore, Md.
We need your help: If you’re on the East Coast, or will be in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area at the end of October, please consider attending the hearings and speaking in support of our amendments. Registration information is here.
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5. What's New @ CNU.org
Here's a sample of what's happening at CNU.org:
CNU Salons: Spatial Enclosure Analysis with GIS
Mike Zimney is testing out GIS code to analyze the spatial enclosure of existing
development by using street centerline data and building footprint data.
CNU Salons: Sensible Ideas from the Right on How Smart Growth and
New Urbanism Save Taxpayers Money
"Examples such as Reconnecting America's Conservatives and Public Transit
by Robert Weyrich and Bill Lind aside, there's been a long wait for thoughtful
conservatives to acknowledge some painful truths about way sprawl violates many
of their basic tenets."
CNU-Accredited Members in the CNU Member Directory
You can now find CNU-Accredited members in our member directory. Members who
pass the upcoming exam beginning Oct. 5 will begin showing up as CNU-Accredited
later this winter.
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6. Smart Infrastructure Summit, December 8-9 in DC
industry forum will take place December 8-9, 2009, in Washington, D.C., highlighting
the latest trends, best case studies and innovative strategies from America’s
top smart infrastructure projects. This
is your opportunity to gain insights into the planning, funding and delivery
of crucial infrastructure projects in the U.S.
• Best Practice Case Studies from America’s top Strategic Infrastructure
Projects including digital infrastructure, Smart Grid, High Speed Rail, Urban
Mass Transit and water
• Building world-class infrastructure in America: The new vision, project
priorities and long-term goals
• Successful project planning and delivery for major infrastructure
• Funding infrastructure investment and innovative financing for major
• The future of infrastructure planning
• And much more…
NOTE: 9.5 AICP Credits Offered
CNU members receive a discount on registration. For more information
and/or to register please email CNU
- Discounted Registration or call (312) 780-0700 Ext. 220 and use Discount
Code CNU to receive your discounted rate.
Visit the Smart
Infrastructure Summit website.
7. Brownfields 2009, November 16-18
Brownfields 2009: Sustainable Communities Start Here
Registration is open at www.brownfields2009.org.
The National Brownfields Conference is the largest, most comprehensive conference
focused on cleaning up and redeveloping abandoned, underutilized, and potentially
contaminated properties in the nation. Registration
is free and by signing
up you gain access to over 150 educational sessions, including lively panel
discussions, dynamic roundtables, outstanding plenary sessions, special trainings,
film screenings, and more. The conference has plentiful networking and
business development opportunities including the Brownfields Transaction Forum
and the Brownfields 2009 Exhibit Hall. While you are in New Orleans experience
the city with mobile workshops and walking tours. Whether you’re
a newcomer to the world of economic and environmental redevelopment, or a seasoned
professional looking to make new connections and increase your business, Brownfields
2009 offers something for you.
8. Form-Based Codes Institute: Webinar and Upcoming Trainings
Want to preserve or increase the quality of our communities?
Because Form-Based Codes can require rather than recommend the vision elements
that make for good urbanism, FBCs are being adopted at an ever increasing
rate throughout the U.S. The mission of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI)
advance the knowledge and use of, and develop standards for, Form-Based Codes
as a method to achieve a community vision based on time-tested forms of urbanism." Perhaps
the most important way FBCI advances knowledge and standards for FBCs is
through its 3-course series, taught by nationally recognized practitioners.
Learn How Form-Based Codes can Transform Cities and Towns: A Recorded Webinar
This recorded webinar provides the information needed to assess the applicability
of a formbased code for different places and conditions. The 90-minute video
is an ideal introduction for anyone within municipal government or who serves
on a city council or commission. It will also be beneficial to private-sector
developers, builders, and consultants interested in creating places of high
value. View online anytime.
Save the date for the following Form-Based Code training. Visit the Form-Based
Codes Institute website for
more information and a full list of events.
Learn How Form-Based Codes Can Transform Cities and Towns
Oct. 6, 1:00-2:30 pm (EDT), Live Webinar
The ABC's of Form-Based Codes: Special One-Day Introduction
Nov. 4, 2009, Oakland, Calif.
Jan. 27, 2010, St. Petersburg, Fla.
March 24, 2010, Kansas City, Mo.
FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code – Design Considerations
Feb. 18-19, 2010, Ventura, Calif.
FBC 301: Completing, Adopting and Administering the Code
April 26-27, 2010, either Lowell, Mass., or Portsmouth, N.H.
Registration for these courses is available at www.formbasedcodes.org.
Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust Scholarships of $500 each are available for
representatives from not-for-profit historic preservation organizations or
public organizations with oversight authority for historic preservation as
well as students and faculty from schools of architecture.
9. National Charrette Institute:
Visit the National Charrette
Institute (NCI) website for
details on upcoming trainings. Current CNU members receive a 10% discount
on NCI registration fees for public trainings held in Portland. All NCI trainings
in the United States will qualify for AICP credit hours.
Charrette System™ Certificate
October 6-8, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
October 19-21, Portland, OR
October 21-23, Atlanta, GA
Management and Facilitation™ Certificate
October 22-23, Portland, OR
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