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Infinite Earth Radio is a weekly podcast produced by Skeo and the Local Government Commission and hosted by Mike Hancox and Vernice Miller-Travis. Each week they interview visionary leaders, dedicated government officials, savvy businesses and forward thinking individuals who are working to build smarter, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities through social and economic inclusion that values the contribution of all citizens and seeks meaningful lives for everyone. You will discover new leading edge strategies for lifting up and building great 21st century communities, along with cutting edge strategies for revitalizing under resourced communities and empowering excluded populations. Smart Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability are not possible without social, civic, and economic inclusion for people of all economic, social, and racial backgrounds.

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Infinite Earth Radio is a weekly podcast produced by Skeo and the Local Government Commission and hosted by Mike Hancox and Vernice Miller-Travis. Each week they interview visionary leaders, dedicated government officials, savvy businesses and forward thinking individuals who are working to build smarter, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities through social and economic inclusion that values the contribution of all citizens and seeks meaningful lives for everyone. You will discover new leading edge strategies for lifting up and building great 21st century communities, along with cutting edge strategies for revitalizing under resourced communities and empowering excluded populations. Smart Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability are not possible without social, civic, and economic inclusion for people of all economic, social, and racial backgrounds.

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Excellent, thought-provoking podcast

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This is a must listen! Thank you guys for doing this podcast.

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By Novotny Joe - Mar 12 2016
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Series fills a void regarding important land use planning and community development topics!

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266 Ratings
Average Ratings
235
24
3
2
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Excellent, thought-provoking podcast

By Hommie alot - Jun 16 2016
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This is a must listen! Thank you guys for doing this podcast.

Podcast series

By Novotny Joe - Mar 12 2016
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Series fills a void regarding important land use planning and community development topics!

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Infinite Earth Radio is a weekly podcast produced by Skeo and the Local Government Commission and hosted by Mike Hancox and Vernice Miller-Travis. Each week they interview visionary leaders, dedicated government officials, savvy businesses and forward thinking individuals who are working to build smarter, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities through social and economic inclusion that values the contribution of all citizens and seeks meaningful lives for everyone. You will discover new leading edge strategies for lifting up and building great 21st century communities, along with cutting edge strategies for revitalizing under resourced communities and empowering excluded populations. Smart Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability are not possible without social, civic, and economic inclusion for people of all economic, social, and racial backgrounds.

From Unemployed Berkeley Dropout to Climate Change Warrior, the Tyi Johnson and Rising Sun Energy Story

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 The Green Economy and Workforce Development


GUEST

Tyi Johnson is a graduate of the Green Energy Training Services (GETS) program at Rising Sun Energy Center. She is a program administrator at Community Energy Services Corporation and previously served as a crew member and office assistant for Rising Sun Energy Services, the organization’s social enterprise. She also has served on Rising Sun Energy Center’s Board of Directors since 2015.

ORGANIZATION

The Smart Lights Program at Community Energy Services Corporation is designed to help small businesses become more energy-efficient. This program offers free start-to-finish technical assistance and instant rebates to help defray the cost of upgrading and/or repairing existing equipment. SmartLights can help with comprehensive lighting retrofits, refrigeration tune-ups, controls, and seals replacement, and referrals to appropriate HVAC programs.

Services include: a no cost and no obligation energy-efficiency assessment, instant rebates (typically range from 25%-75% of total project costs), negotiated volume pricing with qualified installation contractors, free start-to-finish project management and quality control, rebates paid directly to your contractor to help defray your out-of-pocket costs, and referrals to other energy efficiency programs as needed. See some of our work on cafes,auto repair shops, facilities, and retail stores.

Website – http://ebenergy.org/commercial-services/smart-lights-program/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Community-Energy-Services-Corporation-610255012322031

TAKEAWAY QUOTES

“After the internship ended, it was hard-going for me. This is when unemployment was at an all-time high… I stayed the course, I was meeting with my case-manager week after week. I really appreciate the fact that Rising Sun continued to collaborate with me and to encourage me and work with me until I was gainfully employed.”

“I feel like Rising Sun and the GETS program have put me in the prime position to be doing what I’m doing right now… I had three reasons why I joined GETS program: to learn about the green field, to learn about the energy efficiency field and by extension sustainability, and to learn how to save on my PG&E bill. And they did all three of those things for me. So it’s really great that I got all of those things, and got employed in the green energy efficiency field.”

“If I can empower others to be good stewards of this one great beautiful planet called Earth that we have, then I’ll do so, and I’m so appreciative of Rising Sun for setting me on that path.”

RESOURCES

Rising Sun Energy Center’s Best Green Resources

Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services (CYES)

Rising Sun Energy Center’s Green Energy Training Services (GETS)

Rising Sun Bright Night 2015 (Participants of the California Youth Energy Services and Green Energy Training Services programs explain what Rising Sun means to them, and how it has affected their lives.)

THANKS FOR LISTENING

Thanks so much for joining us. Have some feedback or an idea you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave an honest review for Infinite Earth Radio on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are super helpful and greatly appreciated as it helps us expose this show to a wider audience – plus, we read each and every one of them!

Jan 28 2016

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Green Stormwater Management

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Incorporating Green Infrastructure into Street Design

In This Episode:

[01:57] Guest Corinne Kisner is introduced.

[02:10] Corinne shares about the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

[02:33] Mike tells about Island Press and NACTO’s book, “The Urban Street Stormwater Guide”.

[03:17] Corinne explains why sustainable stormwater management matters and why transportation officials should be concerned about stormwater management.

[05:12] Corinne gives the benefits of using green stormwater infrastructure in street design.

[06:49] Corinne comments on green stormwater systems making cities more desirable and more attractive places to live.

[08:30] Corinne gives the characteristics of successful city projects.

[11:03] Corinne shares the elements that help make green infrastructure work within a street design.

13 :07 Corinne states the challenges that cities face in stormwater street design.

[14:02] What should be kept in mind when designing or implementing a stormwater street project?

[15:08] Corinne talks about underserved communities using green infrastructure as a community-building, community-investment strategy.

[17:16] Corinne shares whether there is a role for green stormwater infrastructure in areas that have a drier climate.

[17:47] How can green infrastructure projects positively change a city’s growth and development?

[19:06] Is green infrastructure more or less expensive than traditional infrastructure approaches?

[20:35] Is “The Urban Street Stormwater Guide” currently available, and where can people go to buy the book?

[21:25] Corinne discusses what needs to happen next to get more cities to implement green infrastructure as part of their normal course of business.

Guest and Organization:

Corinne Kisner is the Director of Programs at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). In this role, she facilitates networks of peer cities working to build safe, sustainable transportation systems and equitable, active cities through better street design and transportation policy. Corinne directs the annual Designing Cities conference and facilitates city policy initiatives on issues such as Vision Zero, planning for automated vehicles, and integrating green stormwater infrastructure into multi-modal street design. Corinne also oversees NACTO’s communications, external partnerships, and leadership development program for city transportation officials.

NACTO’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life.

Follow Corinne and NACTO on Twitter

Take Away Quotes:

“NACTO is an association of 55 member cities and transit agencies across North America, formed to help exchange best practices and ideas in city transportation and raise the bar nationally to what city transportation can do in cities.”

“We’ve been seeing cities across the country really thinking critically about the design of streets and how that plays in to city goals for sustainability and equity and access and really livable, vibrant cities.”

“The network of cities that we work with are starting to think critically, too, about how streets play a role in the stormwater infrastructure, in the stormwater network within the city. Most streets are very impervious, meaning that water can’t absorb through the concrete or the asphalt into the ground, and so you just get enormous volumes of stormwater runoff running across streets and into storm drains. That really separates water from the natural cycle and causes water pollution and is very expensive to treat and manage.”

Resources:

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Urban Street Stormwater Guide

NACTO Overview of the Urban Street Stormwater Guide

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Download the Island Press APP! Learn more about the APP here and find it on Google Play and Apple App Store!

Sep 07 2017

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Charting the National Healthy Communities Platform

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Incorporating Public Health Considerations in the Local Government Planning Process

In This Episode:

[02:40] Co-host Paul Zykofsky is introduced.

[02:48] Guests Miguel Vazquez and Erik Calloway are introduced.

[03:10] Miguel tells how he came to be working on healthy-communities issues.

[04:13] Erik tells how he came to be working on healthy-communities issues.

[05:02] Erik describes ChangeLab Solutions.

[05:41] Miguel describes the Riverside University Health System.

[09:09] Miguel shares about the National Healthy Communities Platform.

[09:44] Why is there a need for a National Healthy Communities Platform?

[11:13] Erik evaluates the state of the healthy-communities movement.

[12:25] Miguel gives his evaluation of the state of the healthy-communities movement.

[13:42] Miguel identifies what he hopes will come out of the National Healthy Communities Platform.

[15:04] Erik comments on the breakdowns of the social determinants of health.

[15:51] Erik supplies his recommendations of how to get started to address the issues of the social determinants of health.

[18:30] Miguel shares the challenges he thinks will be encountered as the healthy-communities movement is pushed forward.

[20:45] Erik describes what he thinks the challenges will be.

CoHost:

Paul Zykofsky directs the Local Government Commission’s (LGC) programs related to land use and transportation planning, community design, and health and the built environment. In the past 20 years, he has worked with over 300 communities to improve conditions for infill development, walking, bicycling, and transit. Mr. Zykofsky provides technical assistance to communities throughout the nation on issues related to smart growth, infill development, transit-oriented development, street and sidewalk design, health and the built environment, and public participation in the planning process. Mr. Zykofsky is a co-author of Building Livable Communities: A Policymaker’s Guide to Transit Oriented Development and Emergency Response: Traffic Calming and Traditional Neighborhood Streets. In 2006, Mr. Zykofsky co-wrote (with Dan Burden of Walkable Communities) the section on “walkability” in the American Planning Association’s Planning and Urban Design Standards.

Guests & Organizations:

As a senior planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Erik Calloway focuses on the links between the built environment and health. He conducts research, prepares strategies, and develops tools to help communities support healthy living and sustainability. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Erik worked for 13 years as an urban design consultant. He has led multidisciplinary teams on streetscape and public space design, district and corridor restructuring, city planning, neighborhood development, and downtown revitalization projects.

Learn More About Erik

Miguel Vazquez, currently serves as the Healthy Communities Planner for the Riverside University Health System-Public Health (RUHS-PH) (formerly known as Riverside County Department of Public Health) in California. Our work directly impacts the quality of life of 2.2 million people living in 28 cities and the unincorporated area of Riverside County. For the past five years, my leadership role has focused on the integration of planning and health through policy, programs and outreach.

Learn More About Miguel’s Career Journey as a Planner

Take Away Quotes:

“My journey has been kind of strange in a sense that I’m an urban planner, but urban planners typically don’t work for public-health departments. Now, a conference like the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference has provided an open door for everyone to understand each other, so my boss saw that connection of public health and planning, and at some point he decided to hire a planner. So, somebody said, hey, there’s an opportunity, would you be interested in applying for it; so I went for it, and here I am.”—Miguel

“ChangeLab Solutions is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is healthier communities through law and policy. And so we work…to help communities integrate health into their everyday actions of planning—land-use planning, community outreach, complete streets. So we do model policies, we do technical assistance, and we help communities build their own capacity to transform themselves.”—Erik

“In Riverside County, we’re responsible for the health of 2.3 million people, and the statistics have shown that 63 percent of our deaths are related to mainly three major conditions: they have to do with cancer, respiratory conditions, and diabetes. And they are correlated to three behaviors—behaviors are actually given by the places in which you live, work, play, and learn—and they are how much physical activity you have, access to healthy foods and vegetables and clean water, and smoking.”—Miguel

“I think that a National Healthy Communities Platform can provide some clarity to those various sectors—development sector, planning…health departments—so that the actions that they do, they’re aware of what other sectors play, what role that they play, in supporting their own outcomes so that everybody, when they’re doing their work, can all be aligned and heading in the same direction.”—Erik

Resources:

Climate X Change – Carbon Pricing Awareness Raffle – Buy a Raffle Ticket!

Health in All Policies

ChangeLab Solutions

Help develop the National Healthy Communities Platform

Riverside University Health System-Public Health

May 18 2017

24mins

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Cap and Trade and Environmental Injustice

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Justice and Equitable Development series – revolutionary air quality monitoring

Guest & Organization:

Veronica Eady is Assistant Executive Officer for Environmental Justice at the California Air Resources Board. In this capacity, Ms. Eady is responsible for overseeing Environmental Justice activities of the Board.Her role will be to serve as the primary internal and external contact for CARB on environmental justice issues and concerns and will be responsible for providing policy consultation and recommendations to CARB staff. She will also participate in decision making during the development and implementation of all major CARB programs to ensure that environmental justice and tribal concerns are considered.

Ms. Eady was formerly the Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts and was the Associate General Counsel and Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit civil rights law firm in New York City. Eady has also served as Director of the Environmental Justice and Brownfields Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where she was the principal author of Massachusetts Environmental Justice Policy. Eady was also Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, an environmental justice advocacy organization. She is the former chair of EPA’s federal advisory committee for environmental justice, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Eady has held appointments on several faculties, including Europe-Viadriana University in Germany, Tufts University, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Fordham Law School, and at the Stanford Law School. Eady received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Luis Olmedo is the executive director of Comité Civico Del Valle, a community advocacy group serving Imperial County, California. Comite Civico Del Valle (CCV) is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1987 that has grown to serve thousands of children, students, community residents, and professionals in California through a variety of programs: Promotoras, Outreach Events, Educator Training, Health Education, Environmental Health Research, and Environmental Conference. In 2007, the CCV expanded its programs to work with government agencies, academia, and underserved groups on specific neighborhood environmental justice problem solving that culminated in the implementation of the “First Environmental Justice Leadership Conference”. Our Environmental Conference has been the catalyst for major policy change in the U.S./Mexico Rural California Border Region.

Resources:

California Air Resources Board

Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc.

Skeo Solutions

Aug 30 2018

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Oakland and the New IPCC Climate Change Report

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Adaptation and Livable Communities Series – acting now and bringing change to scale

Guest & Organization:

Daniel Hamilton serves as the Sustainability Manager for the City of Oakland, California. Daniel has 20 years of experience in managing sustainability programs, policies, and plans for local governments and utilities. He has led multiple award winning projects and plans across California and has taught professional and university courses in energy management, sustainable policy development, and green building design and construction. He holds a BA in Architecture and an MA in Sustainable Planning, both from the University of Kansas.

Resources:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15)

Oakland Preliminary Sea Leve Rise Road Map (Fall 2017)

Pathways to Deep GHG Reductions in Oakland: Executive Summary (March 2018)

Pathways to Deep GHG Reductions in Oakland: Final Report (March 2018)

Local Government Commission 

Nov 15 2018

43mins

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The Patuxent River Keeper

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Justice and Equitable Development Series – serving diverse communities and the watershed movement

Guest & Organization:

Fred Tutman is a grassroots community advocate for clean water in Maryland’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway and holds the title of Patuxent Riverkeeper and organization that he founded in 2004. He also lives and works on an active farm located near the Patuxent that has been his family’s ancestral home for nearly a century. Prior to Riverkeeping, Fred spent over 25 years working as a media producer and consultant on telecommunications assignments all over the globe. Fred now teaches an adjunct course in Environmental Law and Policy at Historic St. Mary’s College of MD. An accomplished Blacksmith, farmer and outdoor adventurer, Fred is the recipient of numerous regional and state awards for his various environmental works. He is among the longest serving Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake region and the only African-American Waterkeeper in the nation.

Resources:

Patuxent Riverkeeper

Skeo Solutions

Aug 02 2018

33mins

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Small Cities and the Transportation Revolution

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Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series – emerging mobility trends

Guest & Organization:

Christopher Cabaldon was first elected Mayor of West Sacramento in 1998, and is serving his ninth term. He is the first mayor elected directly by the voters of the city, after serving three terms on the city council. The Sacramento Bee says that “under his leadership, the city has become one of the municipal stars of the region.”

At the United States Conference of Mayors, he is Chair of the Jobs, Education, and the Workforce Committee and one of the nation’s leading mayors on innovation, ports and exports, civil rights, and education. An appointee in the administrations of four California governors spanning both political parties, Mr. Cabaldon currently serves as California’s commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, where he is chair of the issues analysis & research committee.

Mayor Cabaldon’s work on transportation, land use, water, air quality and climate change, housing, and economic development at the local, regional, and statewide scales has won numerous awards, and has become the model for effective regional collaborative action. Mr. Cabaldon earned his B.S. in environmental economics from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy & Administration degree from CSU Sacramento, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Resources:

City of West Sacramento’s Via On-Demand Rideshare – link to download the Via app, get information on the Pilot, and find links out to Via’s Support page and additional FAQs

City of West Sacramento’s JUMP Bike Share

Local Government Commission 

Jul 13 2018

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Climate Safe Infrastructure

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Adaptation and Livable Communities Series – how to make infrastructure more resilient to the growing threats of climate change

Guest & Organization:

Cris Liban is the Executive Officer of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency. At LA Metro, Cris oversees their internationally recognized Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy initiatives. Cris has a bachelors of science in Geology, a masters in Civil Engineering and earned his PhD in environmental science and engineering from UCLA. Cris is a widely published author, a national speaker and serves on a number of commissions and working groups including the chairing the sustainability committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving on the National Council for Environmental Policy and Technology at US EPA, and serving on California’s AB2800 Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group CA Department of Natural Resources.

Resources:

Climate Safe Infrastructure Report  

American Society of Civil Engineers Roadmap

Local Government Commission 

Oct 18 2018

48mins

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UrbanFootprint

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Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series – data-driven tools to assist in decision making

Guest & Organization:

Joe DiStefano is Principal and Co-Founder of UrbanFootprint (formerly Calthorpe Analytics). He leverages more than 20 years of experience in land use and transportation planning in leading the development and deployment of the UrbanFootprint software platform. His career has focused on the implementation of actionable, data-driven tools that bring critical information to land use planning decisions, energy and water resource choices, and the environmental, public health, and social equity challenges of our times.

Joe has led some of the most complex planning and design projects in the US and globally, including the award-winning Envision Utah regional plan, post-hurricane recovery in Southern Louisiana, and major scenario modeling and design efforts in Los Angeles, Mexico City, and the Middle East. He now leads UrbanFootprint, a web-based software platform designed to optimize each step of the sustainable urban planning and design process by supporting planners and communities with easy access to data science and advanced scenario planning.

Joe holds a Master’s in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two children and is an avid cyclist.

Resources:

UrbanFootprint – Urban Planning Software for Sustainable Cities

Local Government Commission 

Jul 19 2018

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Open Spaces Sacred Places

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Urban Resilience – urban green spaces designed with a purpose

Guest & Organization:

Fred Smith is the Director of Stringfellow Health Fund Grants at the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. He has an Associate of Science degree from Southern Union Community College, Bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master’s degree in Public Administration—both from Jacksonville State University. Fred is also a graduate of the Alabama Association of Not for Profit Executive Leadership certificate program. He is a recent appointee to the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Roundtable, a group that gives young civic and business leaders the opportunity to study issues and government policy in Alabama in conjunction with the research conducted by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. The group meets with public officials and other leaders to learn about and discuss issues currently affecting the state and local governments while also seeking solutions to the state’s problems.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as an Instructor for Gadsden State Community College and previously served as, the Director of Jacksonville State University’s Community Wellness program which received several local and state commendations for its contributions to community programming. He completed the Essential Skills & Strategies for New Grantmakers in 2016 and has also participated in Foundations on the Hill held in Washington D.C. both hosted by Southeastern Council of Foundations. Fred also has a previous connection to the Foundation. He has written grants to, received grants from, and successfully managed grants for the Foundation and has served as a volunteer grant reviewer. In addition to managing the Stringfellow Health Fund competitive grants program, Fred also conducts grantee site visits, manages the poverty project to align the foundation’s grant making with the Community Needs Assessment, and is coordinating the 100th anniversary celebration of Susie Parker Stringfellow’ s will in 2020.

Fred met his lovely wife Rochelle while they both attended Jacksonville State University. They have two daughters, Eden and Zion, and they reside in Jacksonville Al.

Resources:

A Southern Interpretation of Sacred

Nature Sacred

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Download the Island Press App! Learn more about the app here, and find it on Google Play and Apple App Store!

Aug 09 2018

22mins

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Addressing Inequity in Rural California

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Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series – the widening disparity in California and the challenges to address across California’s regions

Guest & Organization:

Jim Mayer is President & CEO of California Forward, a bipartisan public interest effort to bolster democracy and improve the performance of government in California. Working with civic and governmental partners statewide, CA Fwd has been the consistent advocate for comprehensive governance reforms that will lead to better results and accountability. As its chief executive, Mayer has helped to usher California’s modernization of redistricting, primary elections, term limits, ethics and transparency laws – to empower voters, encourage bipartisan solutions and restore public trust. He shepherded CA Fwd’s efforts to build capacity within governments to improve outcomes, and to advance a shared agenda among private, civic and public sector leaders to sustainably and equitable increase prosperity.

Resources:

California Forward

California Economic Summit’s Elevate Rural CA Initiative

Local Government Commission 

Nov 08 2018

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The Intergalactic Design Guide

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Urban Resilience – design for social innovation

Guest & Organization:

Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and President of the design lab CommonWise. She was recently awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, and is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design. She founded the first design department in a major advertising agency and as president, grew the division to $50m in billings when it was spun off as an independent entity. As a strategist, she has helped grow businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated moribund cultures, and designed strategies for hundreds of successful entrepreneurs. She has taught creativity to leaders and organizations around the world.

Her clients have included Ford Motor Company, American Express, Reebok, Mariott International, Renaissance Hotels, Sheraton, MeadWestvaco, StoraEnso, the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Medtronic, Pfizer, Mars Corporation, Discovery Networks International, Cemex, Herman Miller, Gap, Bayer Corporation, Seventh Generation, L’Oreal, Elle Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The World Wildlife Fund, Ford Foundation, and the Girl Scouts of America.

Heller is the former Board Chair of PopTech, and a Senior Fellow at the Babson Social Innovation Lab. She created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, which has since given over $13 million to designers working for the public good, and partnered with Paul Polak and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum to create the exhibit, “Design for the Other 90%.” She is the author of Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design, published by Island Press.

Resources:

Find Cheryl on Twitter @cherylheller

CommonWise

Design for Social Innovation at SVA

The Intergalactic Design Guide – Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design by Cheryl Heller

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Download the Island Press App! Learn more about the app here, and find it on Google Play and Apple App Store!

Nov 01 2018

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Youth Perspective-How to Engage the Next Generation in Decision-Making

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Young Women and Youth for Smart Growth


IN THIS EPISODE

[01:29] Introduction of Zelia Gonzales.

[02:03] Zelia explains what motivates her to be an activist in her community.

[02:48] Zelia shares the first time she got involved with becoming an activist?.

[03:37] Zelia describes the definition of complete streets.

[04:25] Zelia shares about advocacy projects she’s been involved with, including the Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance.

[06:51] Can you explain what feminism means to you and why you were motivated to start the group?

[08:11] How do your parents and other adults react to your activism?

[09:41] Can you tell us how the session at New Partners for Smart Growth Conference went and what did you accomplish or try to accomplish during the session?

[11:12] What advice would you give to people in communities who want to get more young people involved?

[13:53] As communities work on revitalization issues, are there certain areas that resonate more with young people?

[15:05] As the younger generation sees more possibility than the older generation, can the urge of the older generation to stifle the idealism and the potential the younger people seek be a turnoff in the process?

[16:59] Zelia shares some of the issues that SYFA is addressing.

[18:39] Zelia explains how New Partners for Smart Growth Conferences has supported her and made her a better activist.

[20:31] Zelia shares where people can go to learn more about SYFA.

[20:55] Zelia shares one change that would lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.

[21:22] Zelia explains the action that listeners can take to help build a more equitable and sustainable future.

[21:40] Zelia shares what Sacramento looks like 30 years from now.

GUEST

Zelia Gonzales is a high school senior and political activist for a variety of causes ranging from feminism to fair wages. She has worked for the City of Sacramento for two years and will continue through college and career as a public servant. Her work with the Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance (SYFA) has led her to presenting at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.

ORGANIZATION

The Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance (SYFA) strives to unite high school feminists’ coalitions and clubs from all around the Sacramento area. They unite students with the common mission of destroying patriarchy and inspiring all women and people to be who and what they want. SYFA builds solidarity and cooperation between Sacramento area high school feminists, in order to empower young women, through meetings twice a month and facilitating youth led projects and education.

Contact SYFA at sacyoungfeministsalliance@gmail.com

TAKEAWAY QUOTES

“Seeing unjustices around me and recognizing my privilege from a very young age, that allowed me to see the contrast and try to work towards equalizing that out. When I was younger…I saw how they [Zelia’s peers] were treated unjustly through a system, not by any one individual, and as I got older and I could put words to that and I could work on actual topics, I could change that, it really manifested into creating a space for other people to do the same thing.”

“I’ve found people that have been really, really supportive and believe that what we are doing with SYFA and what I’m doing individually with all these other organizations really does make a difference, and so it’s really allowed another activist wave to form, which is youth advocacy.”

“When you’re engaging with youth, it’s really important to remember that they are not held back by anything—you know, they’re not held back by any of this bureaucracy or preconceived notions about certain people or ideas—and so their ideas may be a lot more innovative and fresh than some of the people that have been on staff for fifty years, you know what I mean?”

RESOURCES

Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance (SYFA)

Zelia’s session, Young Women for Smart Growth, from the 2016 New Partners for Smart Growth conference

Practicing feminism: Sacramento area students rally for social change

New Partners for Smart Growth conference

Local Government Commission

THANKS FOR LISTENING

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Mar 24 2016

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Energy Democracy

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The Connection Between Race and Energy

In This Episode:

[01:35] Guest Denise Fairchild is introduced.

[02:12] Denise explains what energy democracy is and why it’s important.

[05:31] How does energy shape our political system?

[08:11] Denise talks about the ownership and distribution of energy.

[11:03] Denise touches on how a community ownership of energy would work and gives examples of models.

[17:01] Denise tells why production decentralization matters and if distributive production meets all of our needs.

[21:22] What is the connection between race and energy?

[24:30] Denise describes how confronting racial issues will drive a new energy democracy.

[28:29] Denise mentions the parallels between fossil fuel interests and the struggle to end slavery.

[30:48] Denise shares where people can go to buy her book.

Guest and Organization:

Denise Fairchild is president and CEO of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization of business, labor, and community groups dedicated to climate resilience strategies that produce environmental, economic, and equity outcomes. She is co-editor of the new book “Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions”.

Take Away Quotes:

“It’s interesting that we are really seeing the reason for economic democracy when we look at what’s going on in Puerto Rico right now. It is the prime example about how the burning of fossil fuel is leading to climate crisis, that’s led to the loss of life and property, showing that the fossil fuel economy, the extractive economy, not only impacted our environment but our economy.”

“Our current economy, our dirty energy economy, is also impacting issues of equity. Dirty energy lifts up the racial inequality that exists in our current capitalist economy. Those that are most challenged by and vulnerable to the impacts of dirty energy are low-income people.”

“Energy democracy’s addressing the challenges of a centralized monopoly over energy where profit matters more than planet and people.”

“If you can put the source of energy on your rooftop or in a community, two or three miles from where energy’s going to be used, you’re going to save 20 or 30% more in terms of the cost of transmitting energy.”

Resources:

Emerald Cities Collaborative

“Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions”

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Download the Island Press APP! Learn more about the APP here, and find it on Google Play and Apple App Store!

Oct 26 2017

31mins

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Missing Middle Housing: Responding to the Demand for Walkable Urban Living

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The Shift in Demand for Walkable Urban Living

IN THIS EPISODE

[01:16] Daniel Parolek is introduced.

[01:53] Daniel tells about when he first knew architecture and urban design were going to be what he would do for a living.

[03:11] Daniel answers the question of, what is missing middle housing?

[06:09] Daniel speaks of the transition to support housing that supports more walkable communities.

[08:15] Daniel addresses if it’s possible to create a more diverse mix of housing options in communities that are already built out.

[10:32] Daniel identifies how to adapt building codes to allow for a more diverse mix of housing.

[12:59] Daniel talks about using floor-area ratio in a residential context.

[14:16] Daniel gives his thoughts on the affordability benefits of missing middle housing.

[16:09] Daniel discusses the good response builders and developers have had.

[19:01] Daniel mentions if there’s been any work done on how a community’s finances are affected.

[20:02] Daniel shares where people can learn more about his work and missing middle housing.

GUEST

Daniel Parolek is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, specifically in terms of creating livable, sustainable communities and buildings that reinforce them. He is the founder and a Principle at Opticos – an architectural and urban design firm located in Berkeley CA.

Learn More About Daniel

ORGANIZATION

Opticos Design, Inc. is an award-winning multidisciplinary design firm founded in Berkeley, CA, that specializes in creating great places by revitalizing old ones and creating new pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods and cities by designing well-crafted traditional and classical architecture. They are recognized nationally as leaders in their field and have won various awards for their diverse work. Their designs emphasize the creation of vibrant, sustainable communities, comfortable pedestrian environments, and memorable places that will withstand the test of time. Opticos was named to B Lab’s “2013 B Corp Best for the Workers List,” honoring the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations in the world that have made a positive impact on their workforce.

Learn More About Opticos

Take Away Quotes

“…actually, I wrote an essay when I was in sixth grade about wanting to be an architect, so I guess it was maybe between growing up in a really great, sort of vibrant community and also being let loose on my grandfather’s farm and having lots of time to build lots of cool forts out of stacked hay bales and treehouses and such, sort of, ultimately, ended up me having a real interest and passion for it.”

“[Missing Middle Housing] is the scale of housing in between single-family homes and sort of the four- and five-story apartment buildings, and it’s the duplex, it’s a fourplex, it’s a small-courtyard apartment or a bungalow court, that this range of housing types exist in every pre-1940’s neighborhood across the country. Some of them are usually mixed in with other, even, single-family homes, and they make up a really vibrant part of a community and provide housing choices in those places that they exist.”

“We’ve also been having great conversations with builders, builder’s who’ve historically built mostly single-family homes, that are realizing that they need to shift and add these missing middle housing types to their portfolios to respond to the shift in demand. Even apartment builders are starting to look at this as well.”

“What we find is a lot of our work is actually being hired by cities to go and fix their zoning codes, and a lot of times it entails writing a form-based code, which is just a different approach to it, and the biggest thing is we’ve created these, both, planning and zoning systems based on density, which is the number of dwelling units per acre, and just inherently, out of the starting gate, if you have a system that allows a certain number of dwelling units per acre, it is discouraging and creating an unlevel playing field for small units.”

Resources

Keep up with the exciting happenings at the 2017 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference –happening February 2-4, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri!

Missing Middle Housing

Sign up for updates and more information about Missing Middle Housing from Opticos

Opticos Design

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Feb 02 2017

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The Future of Transportation: Mobility as a Service

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Reducing Single-Occupancy-Vehicle (SOV) Commuting


IN THIS EPISODE

[01:13] Introduction of Steve Raney.

[01:59] What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

[02:45] Steve explains the goals of the Bay Area Mobility as a Service project.

[04:11] Why is it challenging to decrease single-occupancy-vehicle (SOV) miles traveled in areas that were designed and built for single-occupancy vehicles (SOV)?

[05:13] Steve describes what congestion pricing is and why it’s important to reducing carbon emissions.

[07:56] Steve shares what Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is and how it works.

[09:34] Steve explains how the software on your smartphone helps you connect with different commuting options.

[10:31] Where can people go to learn more about the Bay Area MaaS program, as well as the concept of Maas?

[12:10] Are there other industries working to combine compatible fields into one brand?

[13:02] Steve describes the Bay Area Maas project.

[15:47] How can MaaS be used to create more equitable commuting policies and conditions for low-wage workers?

[18:27] Steve shares how he became involved in this work.

[19:16] How can people learn more about Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

[19:30] Steve shares one change that would lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.

[20:10] Steve describes the action listeners can take to help build a more equitable and sustainable future.

[20:39] Steve explains what the San Francisco Bay Area looks like 30 years from now.

[21:22] Steve shares his thoughts about the rise of Uber and Lyft.

GUEST

Steve Raney leads Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Mobility as a Service project. Previously, Steve led autonomous vehicle commercialization studies for Nissan and Google and he led the EPA’s “Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages” Study. He is the parent of MTC’s Climate Innovations grant program. Steve has 5 university degrees.

Learn more about Steve here

ORGANIZATION

Established in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley provides analysis and action on issues affecting our region’s economy and quality of life. The organization brings together established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s umbrella term for our Silicon Valley commute-focused project to improve options besides driving alone. MaaS dissolves the boundaries between different transport modes, providing a more customer-centered, seamless experience while improving the efficiency of the entire transport system. Bay Area employers provide a range of customized employee programs to facilitate commuting: transit passes, Wi-Fi motor coach service, last mile shuttle buses from transit, payroll subsidies and more.

TAKEAWAY QUOTES

“We focus on difficult challenges, in areas like economic development, transportation, energy, communications infrastructure, hunger, and climate change; and I think we’re a pretty compassionate organization.”

“[The drive-as-you-go insurance] is one of the one’s that’s relatively viable politically. It’s not at all a tap-in putt in golf, but it’s something that is more worthwhile to pursue to get something enacted.”

“We’re trying to internalize the negative externalities of pollution and carbon and congestion and create a more efficiently functioning mobility market with better choices.”

“We know that higher-income workers are more likely to drive alone, so that kind of a policy is a progressive transfer of wealth from high-income folks to low-income folks. So that kind of policy scores relatively high for a congestion-pricing policy, whereas a big increase in a gas tax—because low-income folks, so much of their budget is taken up by transportation costs—that really hits them hard. So there are more compassionate pricing policies within the mix of congestion pricing.”

RESOURCES

Joint Venture Silicon Valley – Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

EPA’s Final Report: Transforming Office Parks into Transit Villages

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May 05 2016

32mins

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Community Benefits Agreements: A Vital Tool for Equitable Community Reinvestment

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TOPIC

Equalizing the Balance of Power


IN THIS EPISODE

[01:48] Introduction of Veronica Eady.

[02:14] Veronica explains when she realized being an environmental justice advocate would be her life’s work.

[03:59] What is a community benefits agreement?

[05:20] Do community benefits agreements work in equalizing developers and communities?

[07:50] Why are community benefits agreements important for equitable reinvestment or development?

[11:33] Are there other examples of a good environmental benefits agreement, and is an environmental benefits agreement the same as a community benefits agreement?

[13:40] Veronica describes the elements of obtaining a community benefits agreement.

[16:21] Where can we learn more or get advice about a community benefits agreement?

[18:17] Veronica explains about the Conservation Law Foundation and the work that is done there.

[19:27] Veronica shares how listeners can learn more about the Conservation Law Foundation and get in touch with her.

[19:55] Veronica shares one change that would lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.

[20:37] Veronica describes the action that listeners can take to help build a more equitable and sustainable future.

[21:27] Veronica explains what the New England region looks like 30 years from now.

GUEST

Veronica Eady is the Vice President and Massachusetts Director of the Conservation Law Foundation. She is a lawyer whose practice has been focused on issues of environmental justice. Veronica is a former chair of the U.S. EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and the principal author of the State of Massachusetts’ environmental justice policy.

Check out Veronica’s recent posts on the Conservation Law Foundation website

Contact Veronica via email at veady@clf.org

ORGANIZATION

The Conservation Law Foundation protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. They use the law, science and the market to create solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. Their vision is for a healthy, thriving New England – for generations to come.

TAKEAWAY QUOTES

“Generally speaking, the interests on the community side in a community benefit agreement are wide-ranging. It can be community based organizations; it can be labor unions, faith organizations, or mainstream environmental groups, or any combination of those. But typically those are the types of groups that have an interest in community benefits agreements.”

“I’ve seen some community benefits agreements that have been very good, and I have seen some that have not been so good…Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen them change quite a bit, to the extent that in some states, community benefits agreements are mandated by law.

“…here in Massachusetts, where I live, our casino gaming law requires a community benefits agreement with the community, and the fact that these community benefits agreements are now more so embodied in a statute and required, that’s really changed what the playing field looks like. So no longer is it community organizations, the environmental groups and such coming together and insisting on their power and their place at the table, the dynamic is a little bit different now because you have the state government, in Massachusetts, for example, saying you have to do this community benefits agreement…it changes the lead of the agreement; it changes the tenor of the agreement…it really has shaken up the playing field and the balance of power.”

“[Community benefits agreements] continue to be an important tool because they are still a way for communities to be at the table and formally engage in this conversation, even if it is a conversation mandated by statute.”

RESOURCES

Conservation Law Foundation

Conservation Law Foundation – People & Communities

Conservation Law Foundation 2015 Year in Review

Take Action!

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Apr 28 2016

23mins

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Radical Innovation and Resilient Infrastructure—Climate Adaptation

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Finance Strategies, Sustainable Development, and Future Benefits

IN THIS EPISODE

[01:11] Shalini Vajjhala is introduced.

[02:10] Shalini tells about the moment when the idea of re:focus partners came into existence.

[05:27] Shalini shares what re:focus partners is and the work it takes on.

[06:56] Does Shalini have a favorite project or a project she thinks was particularly innovative or successful?

[09:20] Shalini discusses the progress of her favorite project and how it is being financed.

[11:05] Shalini explains if the majority of RE.bound projects are in post-catastrophe situations.

[16:24] Is there a catastrophe bond currently in place?

[17:22] Shalini elaborates on the financial flow of the catastrophe bonds.

[19:00] Shalini discusses the insurance policy transaction.

[21:40] Has the insurance industry been receptive or supportive?

[23:10] How does this work impact low-income communities?

[27:48] Has re:focus developed any reports about the results of Hurricane Katrina?

[28:55] Shalini shares where people can learn more about re:focus partners.

[29:17] Shalini provides one change that would lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.

[29:52] Shalini states the action listeners can take to help build a more equitable and sustainable future.

[30:35] Shalini shares what disaster preparedness and community resilience look like 30 years from now.

GUEST/ORGANIZATION

Shalini Vajjhala is the Founder and CEO of re:focus partners. Shalini has an interdisciplinary background with over a decade of experience in green design, engineering, economics, and policy. Before starting re:focus partners, Shalini served as Special Representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the US Environmental Protection Agency. In this position, she led the US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS) announced in March 2011 by Presidents Obama and Rousseff. The JIUS was a signature initiative of the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), demonstrating how environmental protection can serve as a driver for economic growth and job creation in building the greener economies and smarter cities of the future.

Previously, Shalini served as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office of International & Tribal Affairs at the US EPA and as Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the Obama Administration from Resources for the Future, where she was awarded a patent for her work on the Adaptation Atlas.

Shalini received her Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy and B.Arch in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

re:focus partners are social entrepreneurs with expertise in public policy and sustainable development. They design integrated resilient infrastructure systems — including water, waste, and energy projects —and develop new public-private partnerships to align public funds and leverage private investment for vulnerable communities around the world.

TAKEAWAY QUOTES

“My work has taken a number of really interesting turns over the last few years, most of which look much more coherent in hindsight than I could have ever planned them out to be, but the common thread is actually working with communities on designing both policy systems and actual infrastructure services for the most vulnerable.”

“A lot of environmental mandates are really difficult to comply with for cities that are really trying to do the right thing. So take, for example, a city like Philadelphia that was dealing with a failing stormwater system—the systems that are designed to manage sewers and storm flows—and Philly did something really creative: they actually announced that they were going to try to move to 100% green infrastructure.”

“re:focus was really born out of trying to build a new approach for how governments could work with the private sector, with new investors, and with communities directly to provide safer and better services over time.”

“A lot of the work we do creates benefits that aren’t just about direct revenues, like building a toll road and collecting tolls; we design things that create future benefits as well.”

RESOURCES

re:focus partners

RE.bound Program Report

Follow re:focus partners on Twitter

Financing infrastructure through resilience bonds

Hoboken moves to acquire land for its ‘largest’ and flood-resistant park

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Nov 10 2016

32mins

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Taking Back the Power – Community Choice Aggregation

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The Next Frontier in Community Energy


IN THIS EPISODE

[01:39] Introduction of Alex DiGiorgio.

[01:57] Alex describes what Marin Clean Energy (MCE) is.

[03:45] What is Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), and how does it work?

[06:53] Do the consumers get to choose the mix of energy they’re receiving?

[09:17] How many different choices do consumers have?

[10:33] What is the price difference between the lowest option and the highest option?

[12:17] Can the cost be lowered if more people join?

[13:52] How is MCE doing with their opt-out rates?

[15:14] Who is the opposition?

[16:00] How widely spread are CCAs (in California)?

[17:30] Is there anything outside of California that is comparable to the CCA concept?

[18:22] Alex explains the success of sourcing alternative renewable energy at a lower price.

[21:18] Alex shares how a CCA impacts low-income communities and how it creates more equitable outcomes.

[24:57] Will the Clean Energy Incentive Program help make CCAs available everywhere?

[27:24] Alex shares how listeners can learn more about CCAs.

[28:50] Alex shares one change that would lead to smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable communities.

[29:46] Alex describes the action that listeners can take to help build a more equitable and sustainable future.

[30:10] Alex explains what the energy field in California looks like 30 years from now.

GUEST

As MCE Clean Energy (MCE)’s Community Development Manager, Alex DiGiorgio collaborates with stakeholders throughout MCE’s service area to advance sustainable development and expand access to competitively-priced renewable energy. By cultivating partnerships with residents, businesses, local leaders, and community groups, Alex helps MCE customers determine which resources they wish to support through their electricity purchases. Alex received his law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, where he earned certificates of specialization in energy regulation and environmental law.

ORGANIZATION

MCE’s mission is to address climate change by reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energy supply and energy efficiency at stable and competitive rates for customers while providing local economic and workforce benefits.

MCE makes it possible for you to take advantage of cleaner energy that’s better for the environment without doing anything at all. When you sign up for PG&E service in Marin County, unincorporated Napa County or the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo, you are automatically enrolled in our standard Light Green 50% renewable energy program, which comes from sources like solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and small hydroelectric. Or, you can sign up for Deep Green 100% renewable energy from Green-e Energy certified, non-polluting sources. PG&E will continue to deliver your energy through their standard power lines, and their repair and maintenance teams in the familiar blue trucks still provide the same reliable service you’re used to — rain or shine.

TAKEAWAY QUOTES

“Community-choice programs allow cities and counties to join together and then offer an alternative energy-supply portfolio to all of the electricity consumers within their jurisdiction. That’s really what CCA is: it’s the public option for energy administered at the local level.”

“If CCA’s can keep their opt-out rates low—and better yet, if they can get their opt-up rates high—then…that should help to both stabilize rates and reduce them.”

“Community-choice programs—and some of these are called something different. They’re sometimes called municipal-choice programs, but they’re essentially the same thing. They’re often operated very similarly.—They’ve been operating in other states, about five or six other states, since the 1990s.”

“With a CCA, there are no shareholders to whom we have to pay a dividend, so we can take what would have otherwise gone to shareholder profits and reinvest those in other ways, either developing more renewable energy supply or piloting new programs in innovative policies or giving it back to the rate base in the form of lower rates.”

RESOURCES

Episode 004: Renewable Energy and Taking Control of Your Future – In this episode, we speak with Richmond, CA Mayor Tom Butt about renewable energy in the City of Richmond and the role MCE Clean Energy has played in bringing sustainable energy and economic benefits to the community.

MCE Clean Energy website

Learn more about Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and AB 117 on the Local Government Commission’s website

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Fact Sheet funded by California Energy Commission and Department of Energy prepared by the Local Government Commission

Local Energy Aggregation Network

Sonoma Clean Power

CleanPowerSF

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May 12 2016

32mins

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Three Revolutions – The Future of Cars

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Autonomous vehicles, shared vehicle services and electric vehicles

Guest & Organization:

Dr. Daniel Sperling is the Blue Planet Prize Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, which oversees the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program.

He has held the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board since 2007 (appointed by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown) and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in 2015-16. Among his many prizes are the 2013 Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation for being “a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems.”

He served twice as lead author for the IPCC (sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), has testified 7 times to the U.S. Congress, and provided 40 keynote presentations in the past five years. He has authored or coauthored over 250 technical papers and 12 books; is widely cited in leading newspapers; has been interviewed many times on NPR, including Science Friday, Talk of the Nation, and Fresh Air; and in 2009 was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

In Three Revolutions, transportation expert Dan Sperling, along with seven other leaders in the field, share research–based insights on potential public benefits and impacts of the three transportation revolutions. They describe innovative ideas and partnerships, and explore the role government policy can play in steering the new transportation paradigm toward the public interest—toward our dream scenario of social equity, environmental sustainability, and urban livability.

Resources:

Three Revolutions – Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future by Daniel Sperling

3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Download the Island Press APP! Learn more about the APP here, and find it on Google Play and Apple App Store!

Yosemite Policymakers Conference – building livable communities

Local Government Commission 

Mar 15 2018

28mins

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The Grand Food Bargain

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Urban Resilience Series – our modern food system

Guest & Organization:

Kevin D. Walker grew up farming and has seen almost every facet of agriculture firsthand, working in agribusiness, at the US Department of Agriculture, overseas with international nonprofits, and as a professor at Michigan State University. He has served on committees with the National Academies Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, and as a consultant to foreign governments and the World Trade Organization.

The Grand Food Bargain and the Mindless Drive for More (Publication Date: March 26, 2019) provides a powerful look at the global consequences of America’s modern food system. In it, Kevin D. Walker combines a lifetime of food system experience with pivotal research to craft a sweeping history of our relationship with food. The result is a stunning indictment of a system that prioritizes volume over nutrition, low costs over livable wages, and blinds consumers to harmful effects ranging from polluted rivers and food waste to obesity and disappearing species.

Resources:

The Grand Food Bargain and the Mindless Drive for More by Kevin D. Walker

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Download the Island Press Urban Resilience Project’s new, free e-book Resilience Matters: Strengthening Communities in an Era of Upheaval

May 17 2019

24mins

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Sixth IPCC Assessment Report

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Adaptation and Livable Communities Series – adaptation and the national climate assessment

Guest & Organization:

Robert Lempert is a principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition. His research focuses on risk management and decision-making under conditions of deep uncertainty, with an emphasis on climate change, energy, and the environment.

Lempert is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a chapter lead for the US National Climate Assessment and for the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He was the Inaugural EADS Distinguished Visitor in Energy and Environment at the American Academy in Berlin and the inaugural president of the Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty. A professor of policy analysis in the Pardee RAND Graduate School, Lempert is an author of the book Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Longer-Term Policy Analysis.

Lempert received his Ph.D. in applied physics and S.M. in applied physics and science policy from Harvard University.

Kemble currently lives in Midtown Sacramento.

Resources:

Local Government Commission 

Mar 06 2019

28mins

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Opportunity Zone Tax Credits

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Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series – leveraging a tool in the federal tax law

Guest & Organization:

Kemble K. Pope is an Urban Infill & Real Estate Entrepreneur in the Sacramento Region of Northern CA. He is a Founder and the Managing Member of POI Partners, LLC, a consulting firm that represents Opportunity Zone Fund investors by sourcing and vetting redevelopment projects, negotiating capital placement terms and overseeing the use of those funds until the project is completed and stabilized.

His academic background was focused on environmental and technology policy, but he has worked in a broad range of sectors including politics, business & economic development, mobile technology and land use. From 2011 to 2014, he led the Davis Chamber of Commerce (“DCOC”) as the full-time CEO.

Kemble’s most recently completed redevelopment work is “Meridian Place” in Central Davis. He assembled two underutilized lots and constructed a new 11-unit, 3-story, infill rental project. The project includes one permanently affordable unit, which allowed Pope to be the first developer in Davis to utilize the provisions of AB744 for increased density above the City of Davis standards. In Spring 2019, he will break ground on Trackside Center, a transit-oriented redevelopment in Downtown Davis. The 4-story building includes 9,000 SF commercial on the ground floor, with a large outdoor plaza, and 27 rental units above.

While living in Davis, CA from 2003-2017, Pope served as a political appointee on several community-serving committees. He was Chairperson of the City of Davis Climate Action Team, which created one of the first municipal Climate Action Plans in response to AB 32 and SB 375. He was Chairperson of the City’s Open Space & Habitat Commission and served on the Davis Joint Unified School District’s Property Tax Oversight Committee and Surplus Property Committee.

Kemble currently lives in Midtown Sacramento.

Resources:

Local Government Commission 

Mar 04 2019

21mins

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An Atlas of US Transit

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Urban Resilience Series – key elements of urban transit systems

Guest & Organization:

Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, is a Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars and a Lecturer in Architecture and Engineering at Rice University. He was a member of the board of directors of Houston METRO from 2010 to 2018, where he oversaw a complete redesign of the bus network that has resulted in Houston being one of the few US cities that are increasing transit ridership. Christof has spent over a decade advocating for transit as an urban planner, transit board member, blogger, community leader, and enthusiast. In the fun and accessible Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit (Publication date: October 23, 2018), he profiles the 47 metropolitan areas in the 50 states that have rail transit or BRT, ranks the best and worst systems, and draws out lessons for cities to build better transit.

Resources:

Learn more about Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit

Find Christof on Twitter

Download the Island Press Urban Resilience Project’s new, free e-book Resilience Matters: Strengthening Communities in an Era of Upheaval

Feb 25 2019

27mins

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Life After Carbon

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Urban Resilience Series – the next transformation of cities

Guest & Organization:

Peter Plastrik was born in Paris, grew up in New York City, and lived in four cities in Michigan. He is cofounder and vice president of the Innovation Network for Communities (INC), established in 2007. Along with John Cleveland, he was a founding consultant to the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and helped it develop its strategic plan and Innovation Fund. He also consulted closely with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and managed USDN’s Innovation Fund. Pete has been the lead author on several INC reports about cities and climate change: “Essential Capacities for Urban Climate Adaptation,” supported by the summit Foundation, and “Leadership by US Cities Innovations in Climate Action,” supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. He is coauthor with John and Madeleine Taylor of Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact (2014). He coauthored two books with David Osborne: Banishing Bureaucracy: The Five Strategies (1997) and The Reinventor’s Fieldbook: Tools for Transforming Your Government (2000). His latest book is Life After Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities (2018), coauthored by John Cleveland. He lives on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan with his wife Deb and their pugs.

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Learn more about Life After Carbon

Innovation Network for Communities

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

Download the Island Press Urban Resilience Project’s new, free e-book Resilience Matters: Strengthening Communities in an Era of Upheaval

Feb 25 2019

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Oakland and the New IPCC Climate Change Report

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Adaptation and Livable Communities Series – acting now and bringing change to scale

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Daniel Hamilton serves as the Sustainability Manager for the City of Oakland, California. Daniel has 20 years of experience in managing sustainability programs, policies, and plans for local governments and utilities. He has led multiple award winning projects and plans across California and has taught professional and university courses in energy management, sustainable policy development, and green building design and construction. He holds a BA in Architecture and an MA in Sustainable Planning, both from the University of Kansas.

Resources:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15)

Oakland Preliminary Sea Leve Rise Road Map (Fall 2017)

Pathways to Deep GHG Reductions in Oakland: Executive Summary (March 2018)

Pathways to Deep GHG Reductions in Oakland: Final Report (March 2018)

Local Government Commission 

Nov 15 2018

43mins

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Addressing Inequity in Rural California

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Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series – the widening disparity in California and the challenges to address across California’s regions

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Jim Mayer is President & CEO of California Forward, a bipartisan public interest effort to bolster democracy and improve the performance of government in California. Working with civic and governmental partners statewide, CA Fwd has been the consistent advocate for comprehensive governance reforms that will lead to better results and accountability. As its chief executive, Mayer has helped to usher California’s modernization of redistricting, primary elections, term limits, ethics and transparency laws – to empower voters, encourage bipartisan solutions and restore public trust. He shepherded CA Fwd’s efforts to build capacity within governments to improve outcomes, and to advance a shared agenda among private, civic and public sector leaders to sustainably and equitable increase prosperity.

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California Forward

California Economic Summit’s Elevate Rural CA Initiative

Local Government Commission 

Nov 08 2018

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The Intergalactic Design Guide

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Urban Resilience – design for social innovation

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Cheryl Heller is the Founding Chair of the first MFA program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA and President of the design lab CommonWise. She was recently awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, and is a recipient of the prestigious AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design. She founded the first design department in a major advertising agency and as president, grew the division to $50m in billings when it was spun off as an independent entity. As a strategist, she has helped grow businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated moribund cultures, and designed strategies for hundreds of successful entrepreneurs. She has taught creativity to leaders and organizations around the world.

Her clients have included Ford Motor Company, American Express, Reebok, Mariott International, Renaissance Hotels, Sheraton, MeadWestvaco, StoraEnso, the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Medtronic, Pfizer, Mars Corporation, Discovery Networks International, Cemex, Herman Miller, Gap, Bayer Corporation, Seventh Generation, L’Oreal, Elle Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The World Wildlife Fund, Ford Foundation, and the Girl Scouts of America.

Heller is the former Board Chair of PopTech, and a Senior Fellow at the Babson Social Innovation Lab. She created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, which has since given over $13 million to designers working for the public good, and partnered with Paul Polak and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum to create the exhibit, “Design for the Other 90%.” She is the author of Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design, published by Island Press.

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Find Cheryl on Twitter @cherylheller

CommonWise

Design for Social Innovation at SVA

The Intergalactic Design Guide – Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design by Cheryl Heller

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

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Nov 01 2018

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Facing the Environment and Invisibility in West Virginia

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Justice and Equitable Development series – seeking justice in a disempowered place

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Angie Rosser is the Executive Director of West Virginia Rivers Coalition, a statewide advocacy organization promoting access to clean water for all. Her 20+ years of experience in social justice work came to bear during a massive water contamination event that sparked transformative dialogue around safe drinking water. Her motivation is personal and political; she believes everyone has a right to enjoy clean water and that conservation of our water resources is central to a shared prosperity. Angie holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina and an MA in Organizational Communication from West Virginia University.

Resources:

Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation – November 8-10, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan

West Virginia Rivers

Expanding the Circle: Strategies to Authentically Engage Under-Resourced Communities to Improve the Chesapeake Bay for All

Skeo – Equity, Sustainability and Resiliency

Oct 25 2018

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Climate Safe Infrastructure

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Adaptation and Livable Communities Series – how to make infrastructure more resilient to the growing threats of climate change

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Cris Liban is the Executive Officer of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Agency. At LA Metro, Cris oversees their internationally recognized Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy initiatives. Cris has a bachelors of science in Geology, a masters in Civil Engineering and earned his PhD in environmental science and engineering from UCLA. Cris is a widely published author, a national speaker and serves on a number of commissions and working groups including the chairing the sustainability committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving on the National Council for Environmental Policy and Technology at US EPA, and serving on California’s AB2800 Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group CA Department of Natural Resources.

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Climate Safe Infrastructure Report  

American Society of Civil Engineers Roadmap

Local Government Commission 

Oct 18 2018

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Rural Economic Development

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Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series – building relationships and keeping rural communities rural

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Kim Dolbow Vann brings more than 20 years of experience and dedication to economic development and the improvement of rural life. As USDA Rural Development State Director, Vann oversees a $6.7 billion portfolio, more than 40 programs and 18 offices resulting in average annual investments of $1 billion into rural California. Previously, Vann spent eleven years as a Colusa County Supervisor representing the first district. During her tenure she served as the chair of Rural County Representatives of California, and led the charge on all federal and state issues that affect the state’s rural counties. In addition, from 2016-2017 Vann served as the chair of Sites Reservoir Joint Powers Authority, leading the new public private partnership in creating an above-ground water storage facility in rural Colusa County.

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United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development – California

Find California Rural Development on Twitter @CaliforniaRD

Local Government Commission 

Oct 11 2018

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Urban Heat Island Effects

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Urban Resilience – heat impacts and cooling centers

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As Environmental Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Cynthia is tasked with advancing policy goals that align with WE ACT’s Northern Manhattan Climate Action (NMCA) project, which seeks to increase community participation, within and outside of the government and build neighborhood capacity in response to climate change. Prior to working at WE ACT, Cynthia served as a NASA Climate Change Research Fellow, using new technology to enhance understanding of urban climates and better inform policy makers. Cynthia is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

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WE ACT for Environmental Justice

How We Can Use Climate Action Planning to Beat the Heat (WE ACT)

WE ACT’s Policy Campaigns & Initiative: 2017 Agenda

Heat Check – Extreme heat kills more than a hundred New Yorkers yearly. Here’s how the city’s tackling the problem in a warming world. (By Justine Calma on Jul 11, 2018)

Oct 04 2018

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Anacostia Community Museum and Urban Waterways

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Justice and Equitable Development series – the significance of the Anacostia River to Washington DC

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Katrina D. Lashley is Program Coordinator of Urban Waterways at Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum. She received her BA in English Literature and Italian at Rutgers University and earned an MA in History (Public History track) at American University, with a focus on the British Caribbean. Ms. Lashley has worked on projects for the National Museum of American History and Arlington House. In addition to her Public History work, she taught English Literature and English Language for 12 years.

Resources:

Urban Waterways Newsletter Issue 9

Urban Waterways Newsletter Issue 8

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Skeo – Equity, Sustainability and Resiliency

Other related resources developed by Skeo:

The Urban Waters National Partnership Handbook

Expanding the Circle: Strategies to Authentically Engage Under-Resourced Communities to Improve the Chesapeake Bay for All

Sep 27 2018

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Transitioning Fossil Fuel Communities

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Adaptation and Livable Communities Series – how communities can prosper economically despite transitions

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Kate Gordon is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. She wears a number of hats including Partner on the sustainability team of RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners; Senior Advisor at the Paulson Institute; and non-resident Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. Kate may be best known for her work as the founder and director of the “Risky Business Project,” co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer. The Risky Business project focused on the economic risks the U.S. faces from unmitigated climate change. Kate is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” Kate also serves on the non-profit board the American Jobs Project; is also a member of the Sustainable Investing Advisory Board at Brown Advisory.

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Risky Business Project

California Adaptation Forum

Local Government Commission

American Jobs Project

Sep 20 2018

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Lyft – Fighting Climate Change One Ride at a Time

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Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series – transportation, climate change and sustainability goals

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Sam Arons is the Director of Sustainability at Lyft. Sam oversees the company’s sustainability and climate impact efforts. He plays an essential role in helping Lyft achieve its Climate Impact Goals to address the threat posed by global climate change, and make the long-term vision a reality. Sam comes to Lyft after 10 years at Google, where he developed the company’s sustainability efforts as Senior Lead for Energy & Infrastructure. Prior to his time with Google, Sam researched wind energy and plug-in vehicles at Williams College and UC Berkeley, respectively.

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Lyft

Local Government Commission 

Sep 13 2018

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Replay – Hunger in America – Thinking Outside the Food Pantry

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Justice and Equitable Development series – Taking a Look at Food Insecurity

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Sharon Thornberry is the Community Food Systems Manager at the Oregon Food Bank. Sharon has been a grassroots organizer, trainer and advocate for community food systems, rural communities, and anti-hunger work in Oregon since 1986. She grew up on farms, was very active in 4-H and Girl Scouts, and was one of the first female members of Future Farmers of America. In 1979, she was a homeless mom with two small children. Sharon has served on the Oregon Hunger Task Force for 16 years, the board of the Community Food Security Coalition for six years (three as President), and the board of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute for six years. The sum of her experiences have come together to make her a passionate and knowledgeable community food security and anti-hunger advocate. She is the 2009 recipient of the Billi Odegard Public Health Genius Award from the Community Health Partnership of Oregon. She has worked for Oregon Food Bank for the past 16 years focusing on rural food systems and is the creator of “FEAST”, the nationally recognized community food systems organizing program. She has been a resident of Philomath, Oregon for 30 years. She is an avid gardener and loves to share the cooking traditions learned in the farm kitchens of her youth with friends and family.

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Follow Sharon Thornberry on Twitter

Oregon Food Bank

A Place at the Table book and film

Local Government Commission

Skeo Solutions

Sep 06 2018

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Cap and Trade and Environmental Injustice

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Environmental Justice and Equitable Development series – revolutionary air quality monitoring

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Veronica Eady is Assistant Executive Officer for Environmental Justice at the California Air Resources Board. In this capacity, Ms. Eady is responsible for overseeing Environmental Justice activities of the Board.Her role will be to serve as the primary internal and external contact for CARB on environmental justice issues and concerns and will be responsible for providing policy consultation and recommendations to CARB staff. She will also participate in decision making during the development and implementation of all major CARB programs to ensure that environmental justice and tribal concerns are considered.

Ms. Eady was formerly the Vice President and Director of Conservation Law Foundation Massachusetts and was the Associate General Counsel and Director of Environmental Justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit civil rights law firm in New York City. Eady has also served as Director of the Environmental Justice and Brownfields Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where she was the principal author of Massachusetts Environmental Justice Policy. Eady was also Executive Director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, an environmental justice advocacy organization. She is the former chair of EPA’s federal advisory committee for environmental justice, the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Eady has held appointments on several faculties, including Europe-Viadriana University in Germany, Tufts University, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Fordham Law School, and at the Stanford Law School. Eady received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Southern California, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Luis Olmedo is the executive director of Comité Civico Del Valle, a community advocacy group serving Imperial County, California. Comite Civico Del Valle (CCV) is a 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1987 that has grown to serve thousands of children, students, community residents, and professionals in California through a variety of programs: Promotoras, Outreach Events, Educator Training, Health Education, Environmental Health Research, and Environmental Conference. In 2007, the CCV expanded its programs to work with government agencies, academia, and underserved groups on specific neighborhood environmental justice problem solving that culminated in the implementation of the “First Environmental Justice Leadership Conference”. Our Environmental Conference has been the catalyst for major policy change in the U.S./Mexico Rural California Border Region.

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California Air Resources Board

Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc.

Skeo Solutions

Aug 30 2018

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Transformative Equitable Resilience

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Adaptation and Livable Communities Series – funding and financing resilience

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Joyce Coffee, is founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting, a Certified B Corp. She is an accomplished organizational strategist and visionary leader with over 25 years of domestic and international experience in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors implementing resilience and sustainability strategies, management systems, performance measurement, partnerships, benchmarking and reporting.

More recently, she created corporate social responsibility plans and reports for Fortune 500 companies as a Vice President at Edelman and ran a preeminent global adaptation nonprofit grounded in university-based research and analytics, the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative, ND-GAIN. Joyce regularly speaks as an expert in climate adaptation and resilience and has presented at Climate Week, WEF and COP side-events, and Greenbiz, among others.

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Climate Resilience Consulting

California Adaptation Forum – the 3rd California Adaptation Forum will be held in Sacramento, CA from August 27-29, 2018. Register now!

Local Government Commission

Aug 23 2018

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The Sustainable City with Dr. Steven Cohen

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Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series – importance of cities as the center of industry and life

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The Research Program is led by Dr. Steven Cohen, Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. He is a consultant, former policy analyst, and former member of the Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology for the U.S. EPA. Cohen is the author of several books, including The Sustainable City (2017), Understanding Environmental Policy (2006, 2014), Sustainability Management (2011), The Effective Public Manager (1988, now co-authored in its fifth edition), and the co-author of Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy (2015), and is a regular contributor for the Huffington Post on issues sustainability management and environmental policy. He is a graduate of Franklin College of Indiana (1974) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (MA, 1977; PhD, 1979). Dr. Cohen views the forthcoming research as a necessary next step in moving the needle towards more rigorous sustainability initiatives.

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Learn more about Dr. Steven Cohen

The Sustainable City

Local Government Commission 

Aug 16 2018

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Open Spaces Sacred Places

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Urban Resilience – urban green spaces designed with a purpose

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Fred Smith is the Director of Stringfellow Health Fund Grants at the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama. He has an Associate of Science degree from Southern Union Community College, Bachelor’s degree in marketing and a Master’s degree in Public Administration—both from Jacksonville State University. Fred is also a graduate of the Alabama Association of Not for Profit Executive Leadership certificate program. He is a recent appointee to the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Roundtable, a group that gives young civic and business leaders the opportunity to study issues and government policy in Alabama in conjunction with the research conducted by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. The group meets with public officials and other leaders to learn about and discuss issues currently affecting the state and local governments while also seeking solutions to the state’s problems.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as an Instructor for Gadsden State Community College and previously served as, the Director of Jacksonville State University’s Community Wellness program which received several local and state commendations for its contributions to community programming. He completed the Essential Skills & Strategies for New Grantmakers in 2016 and has also participated in Foundations on the Hill held in Washington D.C. both hosted by Southeastern Council of Foundations. Fred also has a previous connection to the Foundation. He has written grants to, received grants from, and successfully managed grants for the Foundation and has served as a volunteer grant reviewer. In addition to managing the Stringfellow Health Fund competitive grants program, Fred also conducts grantee site visits, manages the poverty project to align the foundation’s grant making with the Community Needs Assessment, and is coordinating the 100th anniversary celebration of Susie Parker Stringfellow’ s will in 2020.

Fred met his lovely wife Rochelle while they both attended Jacksonville State University. They have two daughters, Eden and Zion, and they reside in Jacksonville Al.

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A Southern Interpretation of Sacred

Nature Sacred

Island Press Urban Resilience Project

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Aug 09 2018

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