2017 Speaker Series

2017 speaker series logo 250The Sacramento region is one of the most diverse in the nation. From the mountains and lakes to the valleys and rivers, our people and the environment they live in span a wide range. While we may diverge on specific beliefs, there is a call to work together to make our diverse communities more vibrant and livable. This year, let’s help bring diverse perspectives to the table so that we can learn from each other and work together on our common goals.

This year marks 10 years of the Speaker Series! APA and our partners are proud to celebrate a successful 10 years of this collaborative program and look forward to bringing attendees diverse perspectives in land use, development, public health, architecture, policy, and many others. For the first time, we will be live-streaming the Speaker Series sessions to several locations throughout the region so they too can enjoy the talks, engage in the discussion, and network with other colleagues in their area. Stay tuned to the Sacramento Valley Section APA website and Facebook for more information on these alternative locations!

Approved for 2 AICP CM Credits per session, with the exception of the September session which is 1.5 Credits.

All sessions - with the exception of the September session - will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Join us for coffee & networking from 8:00-8:30 a.m.
West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento
Free, Unrestricted Parking at 1271 West Capitol Avenue (behind Walgreens)
The September session will be Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10:15-11:45 a.m. at the Convention Center

Click here to download the program flyer.  The flyer contains descriptions of each date.

Ready to sign up?  Click here to go to our online registration.

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June 26 - SB 1000

SB 1000: Bringing Environmental Justice into the General Plan

Presenters: Sahar Shirazi, OPR and Katie Valenzuela Garcia, Valenzuela Garcia Consulting
Moderator: Erik de Kok, AICP, Ascent Environmental

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 specifc 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 specifc 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 on the latest General Plan Guidelines update effort, including guidance on implementing SB 1000 requirements; and review key principles, best practices, and lessons learned from “early adopter” communities in addressing the needs of disadvantaged communities through planning.

Click here to view Erik de Kok's presentation
Click here to view Sahar Shirazi's presentation
Click here to view Katie Valenzuela Garcia's presentation

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July 28 - Sacramento, City of Trees

Sacramento: City of Trees? Addressing the Inequitable Distribution of our Region’s Urban Forest

Hosted by Sacramento Tree Foundation
Presenters: Fatima Malik, UC Davis Health; Matthew Van Donsel, Sacramento Tree Foundation; and Trent Eskew, Pacific Housing Inc.

Recently, a new project launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed the long-held belief that Sacramento is the “City of Trees.” Using Google Maps’ street view data to measure tree cover in 17 cities around the globe, Sacramento was found to be number one in the United States and ranked third overall. While exciting news, there is still much work that needs to be done. Trees are integral to human health. People who reside in neighborhoods with more trees have lower rates of obesity, are more active, show lower levels of depression, and live longer lives. Unfortunately, the Sacramento Region suffers from stunning inequity when comparing the canopy cover of different neighborhoods, preventing many from reaping the benefits of our glorious canopy. Join us as we explore a brief history of Sacramento, highlighting the lack of investment in certain communities. Learn how urban greening dollars are working to build community engagement while expediting tree planting in under-canopied neighborhoods. Discuss how we can plan for the future, making sure that trees and green spaces are at the forefront during the design of new communities instead of merely an afterthought.

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