Bridging the CAP: From Climate Action Planning & Implementation to Healthy Communities in Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties



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

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Through sustainability planning, specialists from all backgrounds have an opportunity to cultivate a region that is building better health, living safely, and thriving in the face of climate change. This session will highlight three phases- and three different perspectives- of planning for a changing climate. First, it will cover the County of San Diego’s efforts to prepare a comprehensive Climate Action Plan accompanied by a robust Environmental Impact Report. Specific challenges being addressed include: balancing competing stakeholder interests in diverse industries; planning for a housing shortage and dispersed communities with minimal access to transit; and identifying strategies to remove barriers to alternative energy generation, access, storage and use. Speakers will highlight effective tools for sustainability planning and greenhouse gas emissions analysis. The session will progress from planning to action as the County of Santa Barbara discusses implementation of its Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). Some of the challenges associated with putting emission reduction measures (ERMs) into action include: acquiring funding without increasing costs to customers; getting essential departments and agencies involved; and continuing to collect relevant data while testing the assumptions of the ECAP. The latest efforts to align ERMs with public health policies will also be described. Finally, the session will progress from implementation to results as environmental and public health experts make direct connections between sustainability planning and community health. Panelists will discuss the social impacts of land use and regional transportation decisions, and how walkable neighborhoods, bicycle and trail networks, and efficient food and waste systems can work to together to improve communities while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The session will further explore how these efforts can reduce racial, ethnic or socioeconomic disparities, meet statewide goals for waste diversion and public health initiatives, and help communities be safe and resilient to climate change hazards.







Shelley Saitowitz

Shelley Saitowitz, M.P.H., is a Community Health Program Specialist (since 2007) with the County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA)—Chronic Disease and Health Equity Unit. At the County, she supports work on a wide range of topics including chronic disease and health equity, food systems ... Read More

Michael Wonsidler

Michael Wonsidler is the Program Coordinator for the County of San Diego’s Solid Waste Planning & Recycling Section and responsible for meeting and maintaining the state-mandated 50% landfill diversion rate in the unincorporated areas of the County. Through technical assistance and trainings, the program engages businesses, schools and residences to ... Read More

Mindy Fogg

Mindy Fogg is a Supervising Planner at the County of Santa Barbara in the Long Range Planning Division. She has worked in the public sector for over 15 years as a biologist, a planner and a CEQA specialist. In 1999, Ms. Fogg received a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology ... Read More

Darin Neufeld

Darin Neufeld is the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Manager in the County of San Diego Planning & Development Services. Mr. Neufeld is responsible for a team of environmental professionals to support CEQA compliance in the County of San Diego. His team reviews all private development and advance/long-range planning Environmental ... Read More

Laurel Lees

Laurel Glass Lees is the Sustainability Team Manager in the County of San Diego Planning & Development Services Advance Planning Division. The Sustainability Team is responsible for developing and implementing long-range energy and climate plans and programs in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. The team specializes in balancing stakeholder ... Read More

Poonam Boparai

Poonam is an expert in air quality and GHG/climate change assessments for land use planning, transportation, energy, and infrastructure projects. Her professional experience of over nine years in the public and private sectors is complemented by a strong educational background specializing in air pollution chemistry, air quality management and ... Read More

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