The Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions hosts and participates in conferences and planning meetings for national and regional organizations involved in land use and transportation planning as well as sustainability and resilience planning.

Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure: Lessons from Global Cities 

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Videos available. On April 19, 2024, four panels and dialogs explored fresh resilience approaches in local and international cities and how planners may meet related challenges. Learn how policy and planning for resilience can transform urban spaces and what legal and ethical dilemmas may arise.  Earn up to 4.0 AICP CM credits (1.0 Law, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Equity, 1.0 Resilience and Sustainability). 

Leveraging Virtual Reality for Community Engagement in Urban Planning

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1.5 AICP CM CREDITS / 1.0 Resilience & Sustainability Credits (RS)
The seminar focused on the innovative use of virtual reality (VR) as a tool to enhance public involvement in long range planning and environmental resilience. This seminar explored how urban planners and policymakers can utilize VR technology to visually communicate and educate communities about the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise and storm surges. Drawing inspiration from successful projects like the one implemented in West Palm Beach by the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, developed with Virtual Planet Technologies, the seminar delved into the practicalities of creating immersive VR experiences.

CUES 50th Anniversary Reception 

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CUES celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 17, 2023, in West Palm Beach. Current and alumni CUES and Joint Center faculty and staff welcomed planning professionals and friends to celebrate the Center's legacy and bright plans for the future.  See photos, videos, and more.

Research Showcase for Abacoa Projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation 

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On May 12, 2022 at the FAU Boca Raton Campus, researchers presented their work. 

The Future of Smart Cities: Clarence Anthony, MPA

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April 21, 2022 Webinar co-hosted with FAU School of Public Administration and ICMA Student Chapter Watch the webinar

Professor Reid Ewing: Best Development Practices

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As CUES celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022, we are happy to welcome Professor Reid Ewing, one of the most highly cited urban planning scholars in the world, to reflect on his time when he worked at our center in the 1990s. 

Following the lecture, enjoy a panel discussion with Jim Murley, Chief Resilience Officer, Miami-Dade County; Susan Coughanour, FAICP; Reid Ewing, PhD; moderated by John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, Professor and Director of CUES.

Watch the recording

When You Move, I Move: Climate Gentrification Workshop

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Black and Brown communities face climate gentrification in Miami, perpetuating patterns of social inequity through spatial and economic instability (Hoermann, 2021). Storytelling within communities can create transformational spaces, build more meaningful relationships, and empower people experiencing racial marginalization by providing a coping mechanism and affirmation of lived experiences (Rodriguez, 2010). This project aims to center the voices of an ethnic enclave facing displacement pressures. On March 27, 2022, a workshop in Little Haiti, Miami invited a community conversation. 

Read the report | Watch the highlights video here

The Future of Smart Cities

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In building resilience and sustainability, what challenges are Smart Cities facing? What security and privacy concerns must local governments address? Join an interactive conversation with Clarence Anthony, MPA, who draws upon his career in public service as the Mayor of South Bay, FL, for 24 years. Mr. Anthony has been on the forefront of politics in the United States and internationally for the past 20 years, culminating with productive presidencies of the Florida League of Cities and the National League of Cities (NLC), respectively. APPROVED FOR 0.75 AICP CM CREDITS - APA FL Broward Section

Watch the webinar recording here.

 Equity in Transportation Planning Webinar

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Historically, transportation infrastructure has divided communities. On March 31, 2022 at 12:00-1:30 pm, join our brown bag webinar, Equity in Transportation Planning. Our speakers will discuss ways infrastructure can reconnect people across these divisions. Convened by the FAU Department of Urban and Regional Planning DEI Committee. 1.5 AICP CM CREDITS; 1.0 Equity credits

Watch the webinar recording here.

Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing

sunbelt blues Join CUES for a guest lecture with Andrew Ross, a social activist and professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. Through visceral, frontline reporting from the motels and encampments dotting central Florida, renowned social analyst Andrew Ross exposes the overlooked housing crisis sweeping America’s suburbs and rural areas, where residents suffer ongoing trauma, poverty, and nihilism. AICP CM Credits: 1.5 General; 1.0 Equity.

Watch the webinar recording .

Transforming Streets to Adapt to Climate Change

smart city graphicSmart city projects can do a lot to ease potential tensions with residents by demonstrating the benefits of the tech and being open and transparent. On December 9, 2021, John Renne, PhD, AICP spoke at the Smart City Expo Miami.

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Pedestrians and Complete Streets

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, CUES convened a planning webinar, Pedestrians and Complete Streets. The webinar is approved for 1.25 AICP CM credits. Our special guest, Dr. Jeri Muoio, will provide insights from her time as mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida, championing the walkable city. Louis A. Merlin, PhD, AICP, assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University, presented Redrawing the Planner's Circle. Lisa Nisenson, VP of New Mobility and Connected Communities at WGI, presented Flexible, Programmable Streets. John L. Renne, PhD, AICP, professor and director of CUES at Florida Atlantic University moderated.

Watch the webinar recording.

Creating and Providing Health Equity in our Communities

pbcpc video thumbnailOn July 23, 2021, a 90-minute panel of experts organized by the Palm Beach County Planning Congress was hosted by the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) for a Planning Challenges 2021 webinar. Panelists are Laura Cantwell, AARP; Carla Andrews, Deloitte; Janet Moreland and Dr. Jennifer Medard, Palm Beach County Healthcare District; Dr. Joe Smyser, The Public Good Projects; moderated by Serena Hoermann, CUES.

Watch the webinar recording.

Adaptation Urbanism

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Authors Billy Fields - Texas State University and John L. Renne - Florida Atlantic University outline "adaptation urbanism," a theoretical framework to evaluate resilience projects and policy. Reid Ewing - University of Utah moderates the one-hour webinar with the authors and contributors Liliane Geerling - HZ University of Applied Sciences and Tara Tolford - University of New Orleans. Approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

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Rethinking Streets in Response to the Pandemic

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
Welcome experts from three C40 cities - Bogotá, London and Rome - to share insights into their city's mobility measures delivered in response to the COVID pandemic. Watch the webinar recording.

Safe Streets Summit

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Please join us on January 28-29, 2021 for the annual Safe Streets Summit’s 1st virtual conference to learn about the latest local and national initiatives for advancing safe streets for all. The event will include a terrific line up of speakers and plenty of opportunities to get involved, gain visibility as an organization, and connect with hundreds of participants. The Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety at FAULinks to an external site is a Silver Sponsor. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Planning Ocean Cities


Wednesday, November 18th, 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Watch the webinar recording here. 

The Changing Face of Urban Planning


Tuesday, September 29. 5:30 - 6:30 pm
How does planning policy relate to the needs of diverse communities? What do planners need to know about transportation planning for diversity and inclusion? What steps can planners take to recognize diversity and resilience in their communities?  Join the online discussion with our panel of practitioners and faculty here. 

How Can South Florida's Cities Thrive After Covid-19?


Hear from leading global urbanist Richard Florida on the keys to South Florida's recovery.. The current health crisis is a turning point in the trajectory of cities around the globe: some will seize the new opportunities that are presented, while other cities will slide backward. How do we ensure that our South Florida cities move forward in a post-COVID world? Watch this recorded lecture as well as Q&A with Dr. John L. Renne, AICP, from the ULI webinar on August 4, 2020.  Zoom Link | Password: *1e9*Svd

Facilitating Historic Preservation through Transit-Oriented Development


Dr. John Renne and Dr. David Listokin present the newly published    Guide to Facilitate Historic Preservation through Transit-Oriented Development.    Mr. James Amdal and developers Mr. Marcel Wisznia, AIA and Mr. Pres Kabacoff, JD present on lessons from efforts in New Orleans to preserve and revitalize historic buildings and neighborhoods while expanding the streetcar. Download the Guidebook Here and view Webinar

Co-sponsored by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Treasure Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Transit Oriented Development Institute and the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University.

Internal Capture in Mixed-use Developments (MXDs) & Mode Shares in Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs)


Professor Reid Ewing of the University of Utah discusses his research findings examining mixed-use developments in 13 regions across the United States and mode shares and vehicle trip and parking reductions in five exemplary transit-oriented developments: Rhode Island Row in Washington, D.C., Englewood TOD in Denver, Fruitvale Village in Oakland, Redmond TOD in Seattle, and Wilshire-Vermont in Los Angeles. View Presentation Slides and Webinar.

Methods to Better Account for Land Use in Planning Multimodal Transportation Systems and Sustainable Communities


This webinar provides an introduction to and overview of key databases, tools and methods to support multimodal transportation planning and sustainable community design. EPA and Renaissance share work they have done together in developing the Smart Location Database (SLD), from which EPA has developed various applications to support sustainable land use planning and facility siting. Renaissance then discuss various ways in which they are using the SLD and related accessibility-based methods in state and regional planning and project. View Presentation Slides and Webinar.

Urban Stories Festival


Storytelling to build community and inspiring the next generation of urban planners, the 3rd annual Urban Stories Festival will take place on January 22-26 in West Palm Beach.  Read more. 

Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation


CUES lunchtime panel event explores the aesthetic, environmental and community revitalization benefits of historic preservation, as well as economic and other consequences.  Read more. 

Missing Middle Housing Forum


A panel presentation and Q&A will discuss policies, incentives, and project examples to address South Florida’s “missing middle” housing gap.  Read more. 

Urban Regeneration and Transit—Lessons from Down Under


Dr. Mike Mouritz reflects on 20 years’ work in urban regeneration and the integration of transit in Perth and Sydney, Australia.  Read more. 

2019 ULI Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Academy

March 15 | Downtown Miami
April 12 | Downtown Fort Lauderdale
May 17 | Downtown West Palm Beach
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Recovery and Resilience: Facing Disasters of the Future


Jim Schwab Lecture - February 22, 2019 –  Boca Raton, FL. Read more. 

Climate Adaptation and Risk Management Opportunities for Coastal Cities


Join us for a fascinating presentation and discussion with Josh Sawislak, AICP, an internationally recognized expert on climate and disaster resilience and sustainable development on October 23 in Fort Lauderdale. Read more. 

2018 ULI Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Academy


To train and educate professionals and community leaders in South Florida about the importance of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as a tool to promote smart growth and livability,  the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Southeast Florida/Caribbean Chapter and CUES teamed up to present the 2018 TOD Academy. Three half-day workshops incorporated discussions, group activities and walking tours in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Miami.  Learn more

Automation in Transportation


On April 16, 2018 at the Port of Palm Beach, CUES hosted a discussion on the role of automated and connected vehicles in transportation. Read more. 

Urban Stories Festival


On January 27-28 in Downtown West Palm Beach, the Urban Stories Festival seeks to build community through storytelling.  The Howl at the Moon Stories event explores the theme  West Palm Beach–what was, what is, what could be  through the lenses of civic engagement, social equity, economic prosperity, environmental justice and safe neighborhoods. Cultural and community partners will join the general public to provide stories. Activities and entertainment include live dance and musical performances, children’s storytimes and hands-on arts and crafts, a bike tour to explore the city’s past, and other activities. The festival is supported by FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, the Arts & Entertainment District of West Palm Beach, and Blue Planet Writers’ Room. Learn more at

Lessons from Hurricane Irma for Increasing Resilience


In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, stakeholders and decision-makers are responding to and examining the storm’s impacts on Florida. Read more. 

FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities


The FAU Partnership for Sustainable Communities (previously, the FAU Incubator for Sustainable & Resilient Communities) is a program that provides mayors and municipal leaders in South Florida the opportunity to draw upon experts. Read more. 

The Future of the Interstate Highway System: Land Use Perspective


On September 12, 2017, CUES Director Dr. John L. Renne presented on the role of land use and transportation planning to the Future Interstate Study panel of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies in Austin, Texas. This committee is preparing a report to the U.S. Congress on the future of the Interstate Highway System. View this lecture 

Robert Cervero Lecture - Active & Smart Mobility


On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES), Department  of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and the MetroLAB Collaborative presented a lecture with  Professor Emeritus Robert Cervero , University of California-Berkeley:  Active and Smart Mobility: Can They Co-Exist?
During the lunchtime lecture, Cervero presented his research on autonomous vehicles’ impacts on walking and cycling, two of the greenest forms of mobility conferring meaningful public health benefits. His work shows that autonomous, connected vehicles and other smart technologies are poised to promote increased automobility, stretching out cityscapes and in doing, may make it more difficult to walk and cycle. This talk drew upon research in the US and abroad on factors influencing active mobility and suggested pathways for increasing non-motorized transport in an era of autonomous technologies and other potentially disruptive megatrends.April 18, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL 


Events - Participated/Co-Marketed

Governor's Hurricane Conference
May 12-17, 2019 - West Palm Beach, FL

FBC 101: The ABCs of Form-Based Codes
January 14, 2019 - Jupiter, FL

Governor’s Hurricane Conference
May 17–19, 2017 - West Palm Beach, FL

Transportation Research Board Annual Conference
January 8-12, 2017 - Washington, DC

APA Florida 2016 Annual Conference
September 6-9, 2016 - Tampa, FL

TOD & Urban Real Estate Conference
May 3-5, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA 


Presentations by John Renne

40 Years of Trends in TODs across the United States
October 14, 2017 - Denver, Colorado

Facilitating Historic Preservation through Transit-Oriented Development
October 26, 2016 - New Orleans

Internal Capture in Mixed-use Developments (MXDs) & Mode Shares in Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs)
July 20, 2016 - Utah

Methods to Better Account for Land Use in Planning Multimodal Transportation Systems and Sustainable Communities
December 12, 2015 -  Transportation and Land Development Committee of the Transportation Research Board