Bringing Environmental Justice into the General Plan - AEP/APA Joint Event

APA California, Central Section


Monday, August 28, 2017
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Fresno, CA, United States

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SB 1000 requires general plans in California to address environmental justice (EJ), either as a stand-alone element or integrated into other applicable elements.  This session will cover EJ basics, SB 1000’s specific requirements, implementation guidance from the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), and practical examples and lessons learned in planning for the needs of disadvantaged communities.

The goals of this session include:

Help planners understand what EJ means and how it can be applied through planning.

Clarify the specific requirements of SB 1000, including when and to whom the requirements apply, how to define “disadvantaged communities”, and how EJ considerations must be addressed at the general plan level through policy and implementation.

Hear from OPR staff re: the latest General Plan Guidelines update effort, including guidance on implementing SB 1000 requirements.

Review key principles, best practices, and lessons learned from “early adopter” communities in addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities through planning.

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Ashley Werner

Ashley is a Senior Attorney at Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability where she helps shape and drive the organization’s legal and policy initiatives alongside disadvantaged communities to eliminate barriers to opportunity based on wealth, race, income and place in the San Joaquin and Coachella Valleys. Ashley is currently ... Read More

Jackie Cole

Jackie Cole, Project Manager/Principal, VG Consulting, is a Sacramento native, and project manager with Valenzuela Garcia Consulting. She specializes in community organizing and community development project management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from CSU Sacramento. Her previous collaborations include Ecoconsult, an environmental lobbying firm; ClimatePlan, a ... Read More

Elizabeth Baca

Dr. Baca, Senior Health Advisor, OPR, is passionate about innovations to foster health and well-being. She serves as Senior Health Advisor in the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). She is engaged in innovation in the public sector to foster health through multiple projects including healthy planning ... Read More

Erik de Kok

Erik de Kok, AICP, Senior Planner/Project Manager, Ascent Environmental, leads Ascent’s Sustainability and Climate Action Planning practice. He specializes in the preparation and implementation of climate action plans, community health risk reduction plans, general plans, specific plans, and other planning tools that address health and sustainability. He holds ... Read More

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