Audubon International Staff Member Attains Elite National Certification

TROY NY – Joanna B. Nadeau, Director of Community Programs at Audubon International in Troy, NY has achieved a career milestone by completing the rigorous requirements for certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She joins an elite membership of approximately 15,000 professional planners worldwide that hold AICP certification. The AICP certification is considered the professional standard for town and urban planning professionals. 

Certified planners bring extra value to their employers and community, demonstrating a higher level of leadership, education and professionalism. As a certified planner, individuals are required to operate in a professional manner and uphold a code of ethics. Planners help government officials, business leaders, and citizens create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.

Doug Bechtel, Executive Director of Audubon International, said, ”We are pleased that the American Institute of Certified Planners has recognized Ms. Nadeau’s accomplishments and planning expertise. This advances our ability to offer excellent technical assistance in planning and to maintain high standards for leading environmental sustainability efforts in communities and businesses.” 

AICP certified planners must meet rigorous standards and maintain their expertise through continuing education and serving community interests. “Achieving AICP certification is not easy and requires a high level of personal and professional commitment,” said Felicia Braunstein, director of Professional Development for the American Planning Association (APA). “The certification demonstrates an individual’s credibility and knowledge, and serves as a standard for the planning profession.”

APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. The American Institute of Certified Planners provides recognized leadership nationwide in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education, and the standards of planning practice. For more information, visit

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