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Sonoma State University Professor the Newest “Fellow” on Campus

The American Institute of Certified Planners inducted urban planner Thomas Jacobson, J.D., of Rohnert Park, into the AICP’s College of Fellows on Sunday, April 27, at a black-tie ceremony as part of the 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.

“The AICP College of Fellows recognizes planners who have made exceptional contributions to their communities and to the planning profession,” said AICP President Lee Brown, F AICP.  “They represent the vanguard of the profession, demonstrating outstanding achievements and excellence whether through professional practice, planning research, teaching and mentoring, or community service and leadership,” he added.

Thomas Jacobson is an environmental studies and planning professor and past department chair at Sonoma State University in addition to the director of the university’s Center for Sustainable Communities, which he founded in 2007. In addition to his university career, he has spent 25 years teaching continuing education courses for planning professionals, citizen planners and others engaged in planning better communities.

Shortly after he started teaching at Sonoma University in 1994, Jacobson developed one of the first courses in the country on planning for sustainable communities, which also led to, among other things, his work with Marin County, California, on its innovative countywide plan in 2007. More recently, he has developed a course on Planning for Healthy Communities, funded through a partnership with Sonoma County, a recipient of a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A member of the California State Bar and past president of the California Planning Roundtable, Jacobson is recognized as an AICP Fellow for contributions in teaching and mentoring. He received his law degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in 1987, his masters’ degree in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987 and his bachelor of arts in liberal studies from Sonoma State University in 1976.

New classes of AICP Fellows are inducted every two years based on recognition of outstanding achievements by individuals in one of four categories: professional practice, research, community service and leadership, or teaching and mentoring. This year 38 other planners, in addition to Jacobson, were inducted

Planners who have been certified through the AICP education, practice and exam process use the letters “AICP” after their names.  Fellows of AICP are designated with the letters “FAICP.”  Currently there are over 15,000 practicing planners in North America and elsewhere with the AICP certification.  Of those, approximately 500 belong to the AICP College of Fellows.

The AICP College of Fellows, begun in 1999, is concerned with mentoring and future advancement of the profession of planning. For more than 80 years, AICP, the professional institute of APA, has promoted professional excellence in the field of planning by setting high standards for competence, education, experience, and ethical conduct, and by articulating the future of the planning profession.

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