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.
Lynne Bynder, email@example.com