At the February IAP2 USA Board Meeting not only did we get a new slate of officers and board members, but we also got confirmation that the Board of Directors is pleased with the work of the 2018 Ambassador Program pilot and wants to continue it through 2019.
The Ambassador Program accomplished great things in 2018, including sharing information and materials to promote what good P2 is and what it looks like; building strategic alliances with allied organizations such as local chapters of the American Planning Association, professional organizations, and universities; and, building institutional support for good P2 by presenting to local governments, reinstituting the IAP2 Mentorship program, and continuing to grow local IAP2 chapters. To further support the work of the Ambassadors, the Board has dedicated one of its own members, Jay Vincent, to serve as the program lead with support of IAP2 staff. The Board is also looking at ways to provide more resources to the program.
2740. Two thousand seven hundred and forty. That’s how many pieces of IAP2 literature are being shipped off to Ambassadors across the country. Our Ambassadors will be distributing postcards and brochures and engaging decision makers on a range of issues including incorporating P2 into planning, public works, and environmental policy.
They are working to initiate student chapters at universities and chapters in states and regions that don’t have them. They are taking P2 to tribal conferences, city utility and city manager conferences, to young professionals in the planning and sustainability fields, to the Corps of Engineers, the CDC, and to their local networks.
The list of new P2 opportunities is long and it’s growing.
Ambassadors are actively working in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Montana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, Utah and Washington D.C. This list will also grow as new Ambassadors and opportunities to talk about P2 come online.
Conversations with the Ambassadors are the stuff P2 dreams are made of. Each one passionate and deeply committed to making the world around them better through their work. You’ll get to know their stories and projects in future blog posts. In the meantime, if you feel P2 in the air it’s because our message of pursuing the greater good, good decisions made together is literally in flight and will soon be hand delivered by our bright and brilliant colleagues to new niches all over the country.