Future of Cities: Seeking Health + Sustainability

APA California Chapter, Inland Empire Section


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Riverside, CA, United States

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The 2017 Future of Cities Conference, jointly hosted by the Western Riverside Council of Governments, UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, and APA Inland Empire Section will focus on the nexus between health, economy, and sustainability with transportation, the built environment, and changing demographics.  There will be three panels covered under this context. 

 The first panel, the Future of Communities, will cover development of the built environment, paying special attention to the rapid growth anticipated for the region, historic patterns of sprawl, and opportunities to institute best practices. Michael Osur, Deputy Director of Riverside County Public Health Department, will moderate this panel of professions including a city official, planner, and health expert.

 The second panel, the Future of Transportation, will cover best practices and how to prepare for and/or encourage active transportation, transit, and autonomous vehicles.  Matt Burris, planning consultant specializing in health and sustainability at Rami + Associates, will moderate this panel of professionals from both the local and region planning sector and engineering. 

 The third panel, the Future of People, will discuss changing demographics with a focus on the wants, needs, habits, and misconceptions of millennials.  Gustavo Herrera, West Coast Director of the research and advocacy firm, Yong Invincibles, will lead this discussion among millennial-aged professionals from the public sector, planning, and emerging professionals.

 The day will end with a discussion among the day’s panel moderators, distilling the lessons learned and expanding on various ideas regarding next steps and preparing for the future of cities.

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Michael Osur

Confirmed Speaker


Erik Calloway

Confirmed Speaker

As a senior planner at ChangeLab Solutions, Erik 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 ... Read More

Matthew Burris, AICP

Confirmed Speaker


Al Zelinka, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

For the past twenty-five years, Al Zelinka has upheld his original planning career objective: to “make a difference” in communities and the profession. He has practiced planning and delivered presentations or training in more than 28 states (plus the District of Columbia), directed more than 200 projects and played an ... Read More

Jason Pack

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. Pack began working for Fehr & Peers after receiving his degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 1999. He worked in the Bay Area market for over four years and worked in the Sacramento market for another five years before moving to Southern California in 2008 ... Read More

Contact Info

Andrea Howard, howard@wrcog.cog.ca.us