Just Communities Accredited Practitioner


In February 2024, we will launch the new Just Communities Accredited Practitioner program, the next evolution EcoDistricts AP.

The Just Communities Accredited Practitioner (AP) program is a continuing education and learning platform to support community leaders, city officials, and planning, design, and development professionals committed to using the Just Communities framework and promoting PSE’s mission. PSE is deeply committed to ensuring that the AP program is accessible to a diverse number of stakeholders, especially frontline resident leaders and practitioners of color who have been marginalized in a white-dominated planning, design, and development professions. The goal of the AP program is to diversify and expand the number of people in positions to influence and drive planning and investments in their communities. The AP program also helps support the growth of the Just Growth certification program by building a community of practitioners who can support communities with implementation and verification.

Why Just Communities AP

  • Just Communities AP is the only professional credential dedicated to those looking to advance neighborhood and districts-scale equitable and regenerative development.
  • Just Communities AP gain an in-depth overview of the Just Communities Protocol and certification platform— the only comprehensive framework and certification system to guide urban and community development — from planning to implementation.
  • Just Communities APs have access to inspiring case studies, but practices, and resources through the Just Communities Information Exchange.
  • Just Communities APs are part of a growing movement of global practitioners dedicated to advancing racial equity ad climate resilience in all forms of land use and development.

If you’re interested in learning more about the AP program, or are currently an EcoDistricts AP looking for addition information on the transition of your credential, contact Alayne Hightower at ahightower@psequity.org.

Stay tuned for registration details