2017 – Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains

Sunday, October 15


  • Taking California’s climate leadership to the next level – Ethan Elkind, J.D. [PDF]

Session 1: Living with yesterday’s housing and infrastructure in tomorrow’s climate

  • What drives us: The transportation choices we have and the ones we make – Seleta Reynolds [PDF]
  • Hotter, higher, hamstrung: Housing supply and constraints in California – Ben Metcalf [PDF]

Session 2: New directions and old frameworks for sustainable urban growth

  • CEQA versus sustainable housing: Overcoming environmental law challenges to infill development – Chris Ganson [PDF]
  • Bundling travel behavior and costs in housing decisions – Dr. C.J. Gabbe [PDF]
  • Click to sprawl: A look at the land use impacts of consumer-driven logistics – Dr. Laetitia Dablanc [PDF]

Panel 3: Building our way towards lowering transportation emissions

  • Upzoning: Ending the status quo – Dr. Paavo Monkkonen [PDF]
  • Streamlining housing production – Senator Scott Wiener [Talk Only]
  • Development without displacement – Dena Belzer [PDF]

Monday, October 16

Session 4: Planning around parochialism: Broadening public benefits in land use

  • Regional goals, local land use: SB 375 and the city-region collective action problem – Dr. Gian-Claudia Sciara [PDF]
  • Anywhere but here: The unmanaged effects of managed growth – Dr. Taner Osman [PDF]
  • Department of neighborhoods: Seattle’s shake-up of the NIMBY power structure – Kathy Nyland  [PDF]

Session 5: Integrated, deep climate action planning: Needs, challenges, and approaches for success

  • Integrated transportation, land use, and infrastructure planning for deep GHG reductions – Dr. Mikhail Chester [PDF]
  • Challenges to climate action planning – Dr. Adam Millard-Ball [PDF]
  • Implementing integrated climate planning – Tammy Seale [PDF]

Session 6: Pricing and technology as transportation inputs to a greener climate

  • It’s the pricing, stupid: How transportation costs drive travel choices and shape land use – Dr. Michael Manville [PDF]
  • Disruption ahead: Reconciling SB 1’s gas tax increase with the reality of technological change and the imperative of shifting travel behavior – Ellen Greenberg 
  • Density and delivery: A look at where delivery services reduce VMT over passenger travel and where they do not – Dr. Anne Goodchild [PDF]

Panel 7: Climate justice for all: Discussions of change and displacement

  • Urban aftermath: Rebuilding communities after climate catastrophes – Christof Spieler [PDF]
  • Climate resilience in the Central Valley: Stories of mitigation and strategies for adaptation – Veronica Garibay [PDF]
  • Low income, high ground: Climate gentrification in weather-safe neighborhoods – Valencia Gunder [PDF]

Tuesday, October 17

Session 8: Global concern, local incremental action

  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as micro-infill development strategy – Jason Neville [PDF]
  • Certifying the transportation benefits of affordable green development: A case study from the GreenTRIP program – Ann Cheng [PDF]
  • Green Eugene: Implementing a small city’s big climate and energy plan – Terri Harding [PDF]
  • Getting agencies to work together on environmental stewardship and social equity – Randall Winston [PDF]

Session 9: Policy Californiacation: What California’s leadership on climate will look like and how other states and regions can follow California’s lead

  • Concluding reflections and group discussion – Dr. Brian Taylor, Cecilia Estolano, Stephanie Wiggins [Talk Only]

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