The Consortium for Scenario Planning offered a series of webinars June through August 2018 to introduce rural and urban planners to the basics of integrating scenario planning into their practice. All of the webinars were provided at no cost and were approved for a 1.0 Certification Maintenance (CM) credit with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Find out more through the available video recordings and  slide decks.

Summer Scenarios Schedule

Scenario Planning Basics Part 1: Planning for resiliency and adaptability to uncertain futures

Tuesday, June 5 at 1:30-2:30 ET

Learn about what scenario planning is, how it can help your planning work, what it involves, and how you can get started. Practical insights from the profession will be provided on how to apply scenarios to analyze tradeoffs and maximize economic, equity, health, and sustainability benefits. 

Featuring speakers from the Regional Plan Association (RPA) of the New York City metro area


Scenario Planning Basics Part 2: Planning for resiliency and adaptability to uncertain futures

Thursday, June 28 at 1:30-2:30 ET

You’ll leave this session with specific insights into how scenario planning can be applied to your own work in policy development, how it relates to traditional planning and modeling tools, and how plans and policies can be tested for resiliency across a range of potential futures.

Featuring speakers from Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto Area’s Regional Transportation Authority, and WSP

Transportation Planning: How scenario planning can support performance-based planning

Wednesday, July 18 at 1:30-2:30 ET

Scenario planning can be integrated into the process of performance-based planning to help connect programs and projects with specific outcomes, and to address challenges of emerging technologies. You’ll leave this session will a clear understanding of how responsive performance-based planning can be facilitated with scenario planning.

Featuring speakers from the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 

Public Outreach: How scenario planning can be used as an engagement technique

Tuesday, August 7 at 1:30-2:30 ET

It can be challenging to explain to the public how issues are interrelated, how future uncertainties may unfold, and how to best respond to a wide range of alternatives in order to gain valuable feedback. You’ll leave this session with lessons learned for integrating scenario planning into public outreach and engagement.

Featuring speakers from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

People and Economies: How quantitative regional scenarios can set the table for policy and planning

Wednesday, August 29 at 1:30-2:30 ET

Learn how regional agencies have built their own models or adapted other models to create robust, quantitative regional and local scenarios that can drive the policy dialogue around housing, water, and economic growth.

Featuring speakers from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) of the Boston metro area

“Summer Scenarios” is an educational initiative complementary to the Scenario Planning Collection of the American Planning Association’s (APA) Knowledge Base online platform. The creation of this collection, made available to the public in April 2018, is a joint initiative of APA and the Consortium.

If you have questions about “Summer Scenarios,” contact Janae Futrell, Decision Support Fellow, at