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.

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

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
Read more. 

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