You Can Have Your Growth & Green It Too



Friday, May 19, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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A multidisciplinary team describes how they developed the award-winning Riverside Restorative Growthprint (RRG), a Climate Action Plan (CAP) that integrates greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies with local economic development. The RRG lays out a plan for boosting low-carbon economic growth through investment in urban infrastructure, urban mobility systems, public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurship. It provides a roadmap for the City to achieve deep GHG emission reductions through the year 2035, while building on its reputation as a center of innovation and setting the stage for entrepreneurs to bring innovative GHG-reducing practices, services, and new technologies to the marketplace. This panel will describe the challenges they confronted in developing the RRG as a qualified climate action plan for streamlining CEQA review of future development. Achieving deep GHG reductions consistent with SB 32 will require profound economic and technological transformations that are largely beyond the control of local governments. Through the RRG, the City of Riverside is looking at GHG reduction through the lens of economic opportunity, aligning its future growth with the need for transformative new technologies and business solutions. The RRG aligns local strategies for GHG reduction with state and regional actions, positioning the City for robust economic development in a low carbon economy. The Team will describe how Riverside is promoting clean-tech innovation and how innovative stakeholder engagement (e.g., crowdsourcing) is being used to engage with local universities (e.g., UC Riverside) and Riverside's thought leaders, influencers, and community leaders, to gather ideas and best practices for spurring economic development and inspiring entrepreneurship while reducing emissions.






Jaime Nack

Jaime Nack is President of Three Squares Inc. (TSI), providing comprehensive sustainability planning for corporate, government and nonprofit entities. She’s a presenter for The Climate Reality Project (led by Al Gore) and a federal appointee to the National Women’s Business Council. Nack was named a Young Global Leader ... Read More

Jeff Caton

Jeff Caton, P.E., LEED AP, ESA’s Sustainable Communities Director, has more than 25 years of planning, engineering and business strategy experience. Jeff assists clients with sustainability and climate change initiatives through strategy development, benchmarking, performance measurement, and various communications media. Jeff has managed multiple CAPs and sustainability plans ... Read More

Jay Eastman

Jay Eastman, AICP, is Principal Planner with the City of Riverside where, since January 2014, he has supervised the Advanced Planning & Strategic Initiatives Team. Mr. Eastman previously served eleven years at the City of Fullerton, overseeing transportation initiatives and notable development proposals. Jay is a graduate of Cal Poly SLO. Read More

Alexa Washburn

Alexa Washburn, AICP, is Vice President of Planning at National Community Renaissance. As a private consultant, developer, and public agency program manager, Alexa has managed, prepared and implemented a variety of award-winning planning and design projects. Her understanding of progressive land use, policy and implementation strategies effectively enhances the sustainability ... Read More

Doug Darnell

Doug Darnell, AICP, is Senior Planner with the City of Riverside's Advanced Planning & Strategic Initiatives Team and is responsible for a variety of long range planning projects for the City including the Riverside Restorative Growthprint. He has over 19 years of public sector planning experience in both long range ... Read More

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