Akua Nyame-Mensah

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A but raised in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire and Tunis, Tunisia, Akua Nyame-Mensah holds an A.B in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in City Planning (M.C.P) with a concentration in land use and environmental planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Akua is currently serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer for a community-based watershed and riparian restoration education program at a Conservation District in Tumwater, Washington. As a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Green Associate and National Association for Interpretation Certified Guide, Akua enjoys learning about and sharing her knowledge of green infrastructure and low-impact development techniques with others.

From Roving Homeless Encampment to Well-Designed, Permanent Affordable Village: Quixote in Olympia, Washington

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

Since Camp Quixote began in February 2007, as a protest on a city-owned plot of land in downtown Olympia, it has moved from church-to-church across the city - every few months.  In 2010 Camp Quixote began to take ste... Read article

Award-winning, LEED Platinum Waste Water Headquarters in Olympia, Washington

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

Located in downtown Olympia, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Service Center received the “highest level of certification for sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council” and is one of the completed b... Read article

Growing Healthy Food and People Through City Community Gardens in Olympia, Washington

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

The City of Olympia adopted a Parks, Arts & Recreation Plan on August 10, 2010 that found “[a]s a result of population increase and urban densification, back-yards are decreasing in size. This absence of a personal... Read article

Seattle, Washington’s Rain Wise Program: Making Managing On-Site Stormwater Easy

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

Cities across the United States are turning to property owners to help reduce the amount of stormwater runoff making its way into sewers and stormwater drains. In Seattle, Washington, the Residential RainWise Program... Read article

Non-Regulatory, On-the-Ground, and Effective in Conserving Private Land in Western Washington: Conservation Districts

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

Until I became a Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps member at the Thurston Conservation District (TCD), I had never heard of conservation districts and the tremendous impact they have on private land in Washington Sta... Read article

History of Social Media in Urban Planning

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

Public participation in urban planning has been transformed by web and mobile-based social media technologies.  From simply informing citizens about a new proposal or plan to actively seeking out citizen suggestions ... Read article

Perfecting your Resume: APA 2012 Resume Session Part 2

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

Think about your audience when applying, was one of the first pieces of advice given by the American Planning Association Resume’s for Today’s Economy panel. Controlling your message, marketing yourself and establishin... Read article

Treat Job Hunting Like Dating: APA 2012 Resume Session

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

The American Planning Association (APA) 2012 National Conference: “Reinvent, Reinvigorate, Reimagine” in Los Angeles, CA provided opportunities for job seekers to “ReIMAGINE [their] Career(s).”  The first of a series o... Read article

Establishing a Lawn-Less Landscape: Designing Without a Mower in Mind in Olympia, Washington

by Akua Nyame-Mensah

Forget the typical grass lawn. When I first got to Olympia, Washington I went on a rain garden tour led by a local environmental non-profit and noticed that many of the residents that had installed these gardens wer... Read article