EPISODE 112 | 32 MINS
Topic: Post-disaster relief efforts to rebuild and revitalize Puerto Rico Guest & Organization: Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney and environmental and climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry born and raised in New York City. A national leader in climate justice movement, Elizabeth is the co-chair of the Climate Justice...
EPISODE 111 | 25 MINS
Topic: Smart growth and the real estate industry Guest & Organization: Hugh Morris has practiced urban planning for twenty-five years with a focus on transportation issues. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Planning, he spent five years with a transportation consulting firm working on transit plans, travel demand forecasting models, and travel surveys. ...
EPISODE 110 | 23 MINS
Topic: Holistic Approaches to Climate Challenges Guest & Organization: Senator Bob Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District in the California State Legislature. The district stretches from southern Alameda County into Santa Clara County and shares the member’s focus on job creation, clean technologies, protecting our environment and reducing unnecessary regulations. Mr. Wieckowski chairs the Environmental Quality Committee and Budget...
EPISODE 109 | 25 MINS
Topic: Wildfire recovery in wine country Guest & Organization: Chris Coursey grew up in a military family, and by the time he graduated from college had never lived in any city for more than three years. He came to Santa Rosa in 1980 to take a job that he thought would be a brief stop in his...
EPISODE 108 | 22 MINS
Topic: Supporting the next generation of young leaders Guest & Organization: Danielle Metzinger is a Learning and Development Specialist at CalSTRS, and serves as Membership Lead for NxtGov including administering the new NxtGov Ambassador Program. Danielle’s interest in public service led her from the nonprofit to the public sector in 2013 when she began her...
EPISODE 107 | 28 MINS
Topic: Homelessness and water resource protection Guest & Organization: Mike Antos is a Senior Watershed Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, facilitating the One Water One Watershed program and leading engagement with members of disadvantaged communities for collaborative watershed management. Mike holds a PhD in Geography from UCLA where he remains a member...
EPISODE 106 | 33 MINS
Topic: The intersection of homelessness and water management Guest & Organization: Mike Antos is a Senior Watershed Manager for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, facilitating the One Water One Watershed program and leading engagement with members of disadvantaged communities for collaborative watershed management. Mike holds a PhD in Geography from UCLA where he remains a member...
EPISODE 105 | 25 MINS
Topic: Yes in my back yard (YIMBY) Guest & Organization: Sonja Trauss is the founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters' Federation – an unincorporated club of pro-building, pro-density renters. Born and raised by a labor and delivery nurse and legal aid attorney in Philadelphia, PA, Trauss learned at an early age the importance of representing the city's...
EPISODE 104 | 34 MINS
Topic: The dignifying power of design Guest & Organization: An architect by training, John Cary has devoted his career to expanding the practice of design for the public good. John's first book was The Power of Pro Bono and his writing on design, philanthropy, and fatherhood has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, and numerous other publications. John...
EPISODE 103 | 24 MINS
Topic: Adapting to a changing climate Guest & Organization: Ellie Cohen, President and CEO of Point Blue Conservation Science since 1999, is a leader in catalyzing collaborative, nature-based solutions to climate change, habitat loss and other environmental challenges. She and Point Blue’s 160 scientists work with natural resource managers, ranchers, farmers, local governments and others...
EPISODE 102 | 23 MINS
Topic: Strategies and tools for addressing racism personally and professionally Guest & Organization: Dwayne S. Marsh serves as Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change at the new Race Forward. The new Race Forward is the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). He also serves Deputy Director of Government...
EPISODE 101 | 26 MINS
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
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
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
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
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,...
EPISODE 96 | 20 MINS
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
EPISODE 60 | 21 MINS
Sustainability and Economic Opportunity and Inclusion
EPISODE 59 | 30 MINS
Serving Lower-Income Families Through Inclusionary Housing
EPISODE 58 | 23 MINS
A Successful Approach to Community Reinvention
EPISODE 57 | 22 MINS
What’s Driving the Affordability Problem
EPISODE 56 | 27 MINS
The Inevitable Future of Transportation
EPISODE 55 | 30 MINS
What’s Driving the Affordability Problem
EPISODE 54 | 35 MINS
Leaving a Lasting, Tangible Impact
EPISODE 53 | 37 MINS
Advancing Racial, Social, and Environmental Equality
EPISODE 52 | 35 MINS
How High-Wage Jobs Affect Affordable Housing
EPISODE 51 | 58 MINS
The Story of Turkey Creek: Self-Determination and Resilient Communities
EPISODE 50 | 33 MINS
How Climate Change is Impacting Low-Income Communities
EPISODE 49 | 29 MINS
One Year of Spurring Innovation for the Future of Sustainability and Equity
EPISODE 48 | 27 MINS
What You Eat Can Help Save the Planet
EPISODE 47 | 25 MINS
Retirees Improving Communities for an Optimistic Future
EPISODE 46 | 20 MINS
Food Justice and Self-Empowerment
EPISODE 45 | 33 MINS
Finance Strategies, Sustainable Development, and Future Benefits
EPISODE 44 | 19 MINS
Transitioning Out of a Toxic, Unsustainable Industry
EPISODE 43 | 33 MINS
Worker Training and Workforce Development
EPISODE 42 | 23 MINS
The Workforce Development Component
EPISODE 41 | 11 MINS
Opportunities Through Alternative Energy
EPISODE 40 | 26 MINS
Strengthening and Revitalizing Communities
EPISODE 39 | 27 MINS
Building Support and Communication
EPISODE 38 | 19 MINS
Finding Equity Around Funding and Financing
EPISODE 37 | 17 MINS
Finding Equity Around Funding and Financing
EPISODE 36 | 26 MINS
The Local Impacts of Climate Change
EPISODE 35 | 20 MINS
Water Conservation with Inland Empire Utilities Agency and Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
EPISODE 34 | 22 MINS
Addressing Climate Change at the Los Angeles County Health Department
EPISODE 33 | 24 MINS
Environmental Justice, Equity, and Livability in California
EPISODE 32 | 26 MINS
Supporting the Development of Sustainable Practices
EPISODE 31 | 35 MINS
Advancing Racial, Social, and Environmental Equality
EPISODE 30 | 22 MINS
The Experience and Work of the CivicSpark Fellowship Program
EPISODE 29 | 30 MINS
Forests and Our Water Supply
EPISODE 28 | 23 MINS
Bringing New Economic Opportunities to Disadvantaged Communities
EPISODE 27 | 28 MINS
Small Businesses, Climate Change, and Preparedness
EPISODE 26 | 24 MINS
The Shared-Use Strategy of Transportation
EPISODE 25 | 28 MINS
The Multi-Generational Housing Model Movement
EPISODE 24 | 35 MINS
Addressing the Economy, Climate Change, and the Challenge of Global Unsustainability
EPISODE 23 | 20 MINS
Enhancing Resilience of Human and Natural Communities
EPISODE 22 | 27 MINS
History of an Unlevel Playing Field
EPISODE 21 | 33 MINS
Providing Turnkey Sustainability Programs
EPISODE 20 | 30 MINS
The Impact of Trade Deals in America
EPISODE 19 | 33 MINS
The Next Frontier in Community Energy
EPISODE 18 | 23 MINS
Reducing Single-Occupancy-Vehicle (SOV) Commuting
EPISODE 17 | 24 MINS
Equalizing the Balance of Power
EPISODE 15 | 27 MINS
Water Sustainability in Urban Areas
EPISODE 14 | 25 MINS
Integrated Water Resource and Infrastructure Management
EPISODE 13 | 25 MINS
Water Infrastructure in Rural Communities
EPISODE 12 | 23 MINS
Young Women and Youth for Smart Growth
EPISODE 11 | 33 MINS
How High-Wage Jobs Affect Affordable Housing
EPISODE 10 | 19 MINS
Making Sure That Underrepresented Communities Are Heard
EPISODE 09 | 25 MINS
Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice
EPISODE 08 | 28 MINS
Moving Equity from a Buzzword to a Metric
BONUS EPISODE 08 | 20 MINS
Revitalization in Baltimore after Freddie Gray
EPISODE 07 | 21 MINS
Building Strong Neighborhoods and Communities
BONUS EPISODE 07 | 29 MINS
Anchor Institutions and Community Wealth Building
EPISODE 06 | 35 MINS
Equitable Opportunities for All People and Communities
EPISODE 05 | 36 MINS
Incorporating Environmental and Economic Justice and Equitable Development
BONUS EPISODE 05 | 7 MINS
The Green Economy and Workforce Development
BONUS EPISODE 04 | 16 MINS
The Green Economy, Youth Employment and Workforce Development
EPISODE 02 | 26 MINS
Intertwined Crises in America
EPISODE 01 | 30 MINS
Smart Growth and Sustainability in Communities in the U.S.
BONUS EPISODE 03 | 30 MINS
Providing Local Food to the Local Community
BONUS EPISODE 02 | 44 MINS
Decreasing Food Waste Through the Real Good Produce Program
BONUS EPISODE 01 | 60 MINS
Taking a Look at Food Insecurity