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EPISODE 101 | 26 MINS

Rural Economies and Urban Sustainability

Topic: The state of rural regions and economies. Guest & Organization: Steve Frisch is President of Sierra Business Council and one of its founding members. Over the last 20 years, Sierra Business Council has leveraged more than $100 million of investment in the Sierra Nevada and its communities through community and public-private partnerships. Sierra Business...


EPISODE 100 | 22 MINS

The Future of Smart Growth

Topic: Celebrating our 100th episode by kicking off the conversation about the upcoming New Partners for Smart Conference Guest & Organization: Matthew Dalbey is the Director of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities. The Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) supports locally led, community-driven efforts to revitalize local economies and attain better environmental...


EPISODE 99 | 26 MINS

Firestorm

Topic: How wildfires will shape our future Guest & Organization: Edward Struzik is an award-winning writer and photographer. His previous books include Firestorm, Future Arctic, Arctic Icons, and The Big Thaw, among others. A fellow at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, his numerous accolades include the prestigious...


EPISODE 98 | 27 MINS

Street Soccer USA: Transforming Lives and Neighborhoods

Topic: The role of sports in increasing social mobility and improving communities Guest & Organization: Lisa Wrightsman is the Regional Program Manager of Street Soccer USA Sacramento and the Founder and Coach of Sacramento Lady Salamanders. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a concentration in Digital Video from California State University,...


EPISODE 97 | 19 MINS

Reconnecting Planning and Public Health

Topic: Making the connection between planning and public health Guest & Organization: Anna Ricklin, AICP is manager of the American Planning Association's (APA) Planning and Community Health Center, where she oversees applied research and place-based initiatives to advance health-oriented planning practice. She has a background in health impact assessment, active transportation planning, and cross-sector collaboration,...


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EPISODE 96 | 20 MINS

Bonn Chance

Topic: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - 2017 COP 23 Meeting Guest & Organization: Alden Meyer is director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists and the director of its Washington, DC, office. He provides general oversight and strategic guidance for the organization’s advocacy on energy, transportation, agriculture, and arms...


EPISODE 95 | 32 MINS

Energy Democracy

Topic: 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...


EPISODE 94 | 23 MINS

Biking as a Way of Life

Topic: Making Urban Streets More Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly In This Episode: 01:07  Guest Grace Kyung describes Trailnet. 01:16  Grace shares what motivated her to become a bicycle and pedestrian planner. 02:31  Grace tells what she’s learned and what we need to do to make communities more bikeable and pedestrian friendly. 05:18  Grace explains what...


EPISODE 93 | 34 MINS

Inclusive Creative Place Making

Topic: Transforming a Community Through the Power of Art In This Episode: 01:44  Guests Linda Steele and Roseann Weiss are introduced. 02:44  Vernice shares her interest in place-making strategies through art and artistry. 03:39  Roseann tells of the work that is happening in St. Louis. 04:59  Linda tells of the work that is happening in...


EPISODE 92 | 27 MINS

WE ACT For Environmental Justice

Topic: Looking at the Past, Present, and Future of the Environmental Justice Movement In This Episode: 02:06  Guest Peggy Shepard is introduced. 02:24  Peggy shares of her experience as a journalist. 06:34  Peggy relates how she made the transition from being in a political space to being in the environmental justice space. 08:25  Peggy gives...


EPISODE 91 | 25 MINS

Disaster Recovery Activist

Topic: Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Resiliency for Smaller and Rural Communities In This Episode: 01:37  Guest Laura Clemons is introduced. 01:44  Laura tells how she became interested in community resiliency and disaster work. 02:50  Laura explains the difference between an advocate and an activist. 04:24  Laura describes how individuals may be able to help after...


EPISODE 90 | 26 MINS

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Topic: It’s “Just” Rain: Weather Events Impacting Rural Communities In This Episode: 02:41  Laura explains the impacts of extreme weather on smaller rural communities. 05:48  Laura talks about some of the resources available to help small communities recover from a weather event. 08:49  Laura describes what a disaster declaration is. 10:30  Is the average number...


EPISODE 89 | 23 MINS

California Leading the Nation on Carbon Legislation

Topic: California’s Cap-and-Trade Program In This Episode: 01:16  Guest Arjun Patney is introduced. 02:11  Arjun describes his work at the American Carbon Registry. 04:28  Arjun explains how the California carbon market works. 07:26  Arjun talks about what was exempt from the market. 08:42  Since California is a large exporter of agricultural product, did that have...


EPISODE 88 | 24 MINS

Green Stormwater Management

Topic: 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...


EPISODE 87 | 32 MINS

Equitable Civic Engagement

Topic: National Engagement Starts with Local Engagement In This Episode: 01:18  Guest Mindy Romero is introduced. 02:14  Mindy shares if there’s a resurgence of civic engagement. 05:52  Mindy talks about whether there’s an opportunity to translate national engagement to local level engagement. 08:48  Mindy speaks about building trust with communities with local policymakers that aren’t...


EPISODE 86 | 21 MINS

Ethnodrama and Youth Leadership

Topic: Inviting People to Share Their Stories In This Episode: 01:26  Guests Sahdiyah Simpson and Sarah Hobson are introduced. 01:39  Sarah describes Community Allies, ethnodrama, and the STL Youth Smart Growth Leaders program. 04:40  Sahdiyah shares her experience with the STL Youth Smart Growth Leaders program. 05:59  Sahdiyah states what her topic was. 06:19  Sarah...


EPISODE 85 | 30 MINS

Reimagining Retail

Topic: Reusing and Revitalizing Retail Spaces In This Episode: 02:57  Guest Michele Reeves is introduced. 04:03  Michele talks about the impact she’s seeing from the decline of retail. 06:52  Michele shares her thoughts about what to do with vacant retail spaces and what some of the obstacles are. 10:48  Michele addresses huge parking lots. 13:32...


EPISODE 84 | 24 MINS

Building Communities for an Aging Population

Topic: Planning and Creating Age-Friendly Communities In This Episode: 00:57  Co-host Paul Zykofsky and guests Kathy Sykes and Bill Armbruster are introduced. 01:24  Kathy shares why she’s interested in the field of aging and public health. 01:47  Bill discusses why he’s interested in the field of aging and public health. 02:56  Why is planning for...


EPISODE 83 | 28 MINS

Bottom Up Water Solutions

Topic: Fresh Water, Climate Change, and Community Resilience In This Episode: 02:10  Guest Rebecca Wodder is introduced. 03:19  Rebecca expresses how the first Earth Day impacted her life and career path. 05:06  Rebecca tells if fresh water has always been the focus of her environmental career. 05:48  Rebecca talks about how water affects climate change....


EPISODE 82 | 25 MINS

Market-Driven Water Conservation – AquaShares

Topic: Innovative Solutions for Resilient Water Management In This Episode: 02:43  Guest James Workman is introduced. 03:42  James talks about his book and what motivated him to travel to Africa. 07:13  James shares why he created programming based on what he saw in Africa. 08:50  James describes AquaShares. 11:51  What measures are people taking to...


EPISODE 81 | 27 MINS

Local Leadership

Topic: Creating Successful Communities Through Positive and Determined Leadership In This Episode: 02:36 Guest Mayor Rey Leon is introduced. 02:56 Mayor Leon describes his community. 05:54 Mayor Leon tells how long he’s been mayor. 07:16 Mayor Leon conveys what he would like to accomplish during his time as mayor. 19:20 Mayor Leon gives the status...


EPISODE 80 | 27 MINS

World Bank — Turning Down the Heat

Topic: Carbon and the Paris Agreement In This Episode: 03:10 Guest Tom Kerr is introduced. 03:26 Tom explains what the World Bank is. 05:00 Tom describes the kind of work that the climate change group does. 07:37 Tom talks about the changes he’s seen since Kim Yong became the World Bank’s president. 09:27 Tom speaks...


EPISODE 79 | 28 MINS

Autodesk: Climate Change and Equity as Design Challenges

Topic: Using Design to Create Positive Impacts In This Episode: 01:29 Guest Lynelle Cameron is introduced. 01:39 Lynelle describes Autodesk. 02:48 Lynelle shares her career journey. 04:06 Lynelle discusses Paul Hawken’s new book, Drawdown. 05:17 Lynelle tells about the Autodesk Foundation. 06:41 Lynelle defines the term “design.” 07:08 Lynelle talks about climate change through the...


EPISODE 78 | 36 MINS

Leadership in a Time of Change

Topic: Adjusting to the Rapid Pace of Change In This Episode: 02:20 Guest Carl Guardino is introduced. 03:03 Carl talks about what is being done to stay relevant in technology and innovation. 05:45 Carl describes what leaders can do to be resilient and to continue to come up with innovative ideas. 08:05 Carl informs us...


EPISODE 77 | 29 MINS

People’s Climate March

Topic: The People's Climate March, the Economy, and Policy Making In This Episode: 01:40 Vernice Miller Travis is introduced. 02:14 Vernice tells about the Climate March. 04:50 Vernice gives her thoughts regarding the amount of press coverage of the Climate March. 07:23 Vernice describes the impacts of the various recent marches. 10:55 Is there evidence...


EPISODE 76 | 31 MINS

Bike Boom

Topic: The Future of Cycling as a Mode of Transportation In This Episode: 01:59 Guest Carlton Reid is introduced. 02:49 Carlton explains the history of the bike boom. 07:24 Carlton tells why there was a bike boom in the early ’70s. 09:18 Carlton talks about cycling as a mode of transportation, not just for recreation....


EPISODE 75 | 33 MINS

Put a Price on It

Topic: The State of Carbon Pricing In This Episode: 05:41 Michael shares what brought him to working on carbon pricing. 08:12 Michael addresses how people would feel the impact of a carbon tax. 10:38 How would putting a price on carbon play out? 12:17 Michael comments on the cost of carbon pricing. 13:19 How is...


EPISODE 74 | 29 MINS

Broadband for All — Part 2

Topic: Broadband Access in Rural Communities In This Episode: 02:04 Mike gives a recap of part 1 of the Broadband for All series. 03:53 Guest Cecilia Aguiar-Curry is introduced. 04:51 Cecilia talks about why the issue of broadband is important to her. 06:19 Cecilia explains the relationship between under-connected communities and Internet access. 07:55 Cecilia...


EPISODE 73 | 39 MINS

Broadband for All — Part 1

Topic: Broadband Access Impacts Environment, Health, Agriculture, and Jobs In This Episode: 01:20 Co-host Kate Meis is introduced. 02:04 Kate talks about the Local Government Commission (LGC). 03:11 Kate shares the LGC’s upcoming events. 05:00 Kate introduces the next two podcast guests and what the podcast topics will be. 06:43 Mike mentions that access to...


EPISODE 72 | 25 MINS

Charting the National Healthy Communities Platform

Topic: 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...


EPISODE 71 | 34 MINS

Coal Blooded — Coal Power Plants as a Civil Rights Issue

Topic: Coal, Coal-Fired Power Plants, and the Impacts on Communities In This Episode: 01:58 Mike shares information about Island Press and Infinite Earth Radio's series on urban resilience. 03:18 Mike talks about the topic of today’s podcast. 05:15 Vernice identifies why the EPA has been focused on regulating the emissions from coal-fired power plants. 10:50...


EPISODE 70 | 37 MINS

Years of Living Dangerously

Topic: Putting a Price on Carbon In This Episode: 01:37 Co-host Michael Green is introduced. 02:23 Mike and Michael talk about the series, “Years of Living Dangerously.” 04:50 Mike and Michael mention the Put a Price on It campaign. 06:44 Guest Camila Thorndike is introduced. 07:22 Camila shares the origin and goal of the Put...


EPISODE 69 | 13 MINS

The Play Everywhere Challenge

Topic: The Importance of Play In This Episode: 01:50 Aisha Alexander is introduced. 02:02 Aisha shares what KaBOOM! is. 02:40 Aisha provides why play opportunities are so important. 04:06 Aisha explains why access to play is an issue. 06:02 Aisha describes the Play Everywhere Challenge. 09:08 Aisha states how people can learn more about KaBOOM!...


EPISODE 68 | 28 MINS

Resiliency: New Buzzword or New Normal

Topic: Expanding the Conversation of Community Resiliency In This Episode: 01:50 Co-host Kif Scheuer is introduced. 01:54 Guest John Zeanah is introduced. 02:05 John shares how he became involved in community resiliency 04:20 John explains what he thinks the word resiliency means. 05:31 John talks about how communities across and within jurisdictional boundaries are responding...


EPISODE 67 | 24 MINS

Sales Tax Distribution – Equity and Sustainability

Topic: Sales Tax Issues and Impacts In This Episode: 02:27 Guests Bob Lewis, Jim Brasfield, and Sarah Coffin are introduced. 02:57 Jim shares why he’s interested in sales tax and distribution equity. 03:18 Bob tells why he’s interested in sales tax and distribution equity. 03:52 Bob talks about his role as Principal at Development Strategies....


EPISODE 66 | 25 MINS

Food Security—Growing Food Connections

Topic: Making Sure All People Have Access to Affordable Food In This Episode: 02:16 Mike gives some background on the topic for today's episode. 02:38 Julia Freedgood is introduced. 02:47 Julia tells about the American Farmland Trust. 03:08 Julia shares why farmland and food equity are important. 04:19 Julia explains what food equity is. 05:40...


EPISODE 65 | 35 MINS

#Carbon Series: Conservative Republicans Propose a Carbon Tax

Topic: Climate Change and Putting a Price on Carbon In This Episode: 01:10 Carbon series co-host Michael Green is introduced. 01:40 Michael shares what he hopes to bring to this #carbon podcast series. 02:22 Mike shares his excitement for sustainability and equity at the sub-national level. 02:48 Michael tells about CABA’s (Climate Action Business Alliance)...


EPISODE 64 | 23 MINS

Urban Agriculture—Infrastructure and Impact

Topic: The Impact Domino Effect: From Neighborhoods to Cities to Regions In This Episode: 01:19 Rachel Deffenbaugh is introduced. 01:29 Rachel shares how she became involved in urban agriculture and why urban agriculture is important to her. 02:15 Rachel states what Gateway Greening is. 02:31 What is the difference between community gardening and urban agriculture?...


EPISODE 63 | 21 MINS

Heart and Soul—A Barn-Raising Approach to Community Wealth

Topic: People Taking Charge of Their Own Community In This Episode: 01:20 Jane LaFleur is introduced. 01:28 Jane shares what interests her about community development and how she got involved in community-development work. 02:30 Jane provides some of the economic challenges. 03:33 Jane defines community wealth. 04:13 Jane states what “a barn-raising approach to community...


EPISODE 62 | 16 MINS

Tiny Homes and Smart Infill Housing—Improving Housing Choices

Topic: Spurring Community Revitalization In This Episode: 01:36 Co-host Kate Meis is introduced. 01:44 Guest Darin Dinsmore is introduced. 01:53 Darin shares how he ended up working on affordable-housing and infill-housing issues. 02:24 Darin explains what smart infill housing is. 02:50 Darin describes what infill and smart growth look like in rural communities like Truckee,...


EPISODE 61 | 19 MINS

Plan4Health: Fighting Deadly Chronic Diseases Through Better Planning

Topic: How community design impacts lives   In This Episode: 01:31 Elizabeth Hartig is introduced. 01:40 Elizabeth shares how she became involved in planning for health issues. 02:23 Elizabeth tells about the American Planning Association (APA). 03:02 Are there specific objectives for the Plan4Health initiative? 04:08 Elizabeth discusses the degree to which community design impacts...