September’s CPL webinar, “Planning for BIodiversity,” took place on September 23. The webinar connected planners’ work to Sustainable Development Goal 15, which addresses ways to protect, restore, and promote sustainable land use through information sharing, management, and cross-sectoral work. 

The planning profession plays a vital role in achieving the related SDG targets by ensuring that biodiversity conservation is supported locally, regionally, and nationally. Our panel of presenters shared ways to reserve land degradation and halt biodiversity loss through effective management and policy and by listening and learning from traditional knowledge holders. 


Cassandra Cummings RPPMCIP, Diamond Head Consulting 
Cassandra draws on her biology background and knowledge of planning and policy tools to reduce the impact of development on the environment and protect biodiversity. She uses this unique skill set to develop and implement city-wide environmental policies, strategies, and plans. 

Jeff Robson RPP, MCIPIntelligent Futures
Jeff Robson is Intelligent Futures’ Design Lead, uniting effective visual communication practice with a foundation in urban planning to deliver impactful strategic plans that build capacity and break complex problems into achievable milestones.