VIEW THE SDAT PRESENTATION HERE.
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ABOUT THE SDAT PROGRAM: The Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is an interdisciplinary community assistance program that focuses on principles of sustainability by bringing multidisciplinary teams of professionals (such as architects, urban designers, landscape architects, planners, hydrologists, economists, attorneys, and others) to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help them develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. These nationally-recognized professionals are DONATING their time and expertise.
The SDAT program is based on the AIA’s goal of helping communities create a sustainable relationship between humans, the natural environment, and place. By achieving balance between cultural, environmental, and economic systems, communities can sustain a place as a stage for human settlement. Find out more about the SDAT Program here.
THE PROCESS FOR SEBASTOPOL'S SDAT: An advance team met with local experts and representatives of local stakeholder organizations to pool as much information–data, ideas, suggestions, comments, preferences, etc.–as possible.
Based on this scoping visit, the project leaders chose the final team. This team of 6 studied Sebastopol’s situation, and returned May 15-17, 2013 to lead public workshops and developed a preliminary strategic plan for increased sustainability. The team finalized their report and delivered the final plan in September 2013. The progress and implementation of this plan will be monitored by the SDAT for a full year after its presentation.
Read the final report and plan here.