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Saturdayin the city’s Westside. These efforts, based on the Westside Specific Plan, result from grassroots organizingaround environmental injustices caused by a mix of industrial-residential land uses in this low-income,minority neighborhood. To correct impacts caused by the inappropriate mix of land uses, a comprehensiveplanning and implementation strategy is underway. Following an overview of project objectives andimplementation, the session will break into roundtables to discuss implementation strategies for neighborhoodtransformation, including topics on (1) principle-based land use planning; (2) values-based decisiontrees;(3) effective neighborhood organizing; (4) leveraging resources to achieve complicated projects;(5) legal considerations for amortization of non-conforming uses; (6) recruiting quality developers forcatalyst projects; and (7) building environmental justice into long-range planning.➤ Moderator: Noemi Emeric Ford, Brownfields Coordinator, U.S.EPA, Region 9➤ Raymond Pe, Principal Planner, City of National City, CA➤ Carolina Martinez,Toxic Free Neighborhoods Policy Advocate, Environmental Health Coalition➤ Rick Westberg,Vice President of Development, Related Companies52SpinnakerRoundtable Discussion Leaders:➤ Rick Westberg,Vice President of Development, Related Companies➤ Chris Morrow, Director of Planning, Project Design Consultants➤ Jim Rocco, Managing Member, Sage Risk Solutions, LLC➤ Mary Jane Jagodzinski, Senior Project Manager, Community Housing WorksL. Linking Jobs, Housing and Transit for Economic Development:Local and National Perspective [CM 2.0; PDH/HSW 2.0] INTMany workforce families live too far away from their jobs or lack access to reliable transit. This compoundstraffic congestion, elevates infrastructure costs, consumes open space and increases household transportationcosts. Reversing these trends requires new strategies to redesign existing communities and spur futuregrowth. For example, new, mixed-use housing developments are showing promise – lowering energy andtransportation costs for working families. This session combines national and local perspectives on smartgrowth. Hear what the latest research is telling us and how San Diego is addressing the need for transitorienteddevelopment. Also, learn how a catalyst community is attracting regional, state and federal funding.➤ Moderator: Sam Zimbabwe, LEED AP, Director, Center for Transit-Oriented Development,Reconnecting America➤ Sujata Srivastava, Principal, Strategic Economics, Inc.➤ Elizabeth Kneebone, Senior Research Associate, Brookings Institution➤ Greg LeRoy, Executive Director, Good Jobs First➤ Richard C.Gentry, President and CEO, San Diego Housing Commission➤ Jerry Groomes, President, Southeastern Economic Development Corporation12:15-1:45 pm Networking Luncheon (lunch provided)Grande Ballroom Video: 2011 EPA National Awards for Smart Growth AchievementThis year’s National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement are being featured in a 20-minute videothat provides a direct look at why these five communities, from rural Main Street to a growing urbanneighborhood, make great places to live, work and play. The videos include stunning shots of smartgrowth in practices, as well as interviews with policy makers and local citizens from each of the fiveaward-winning communities. Visit the EPA sponsor display space for more details on each award winner.➤ Nora Johnson, Policy Fellow, U.S. EPA

Saturday1:45-3:15 pm AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONSMarina 2 A. Planning for Solar Energy in Your Community [PDH/HSW 1.5] INTThis session will focus on overcoming planning and zoning barriers to adoption of solar energy technologies– primarily rooftop PV’s – at the local level. Increased solar adoption supports smart growth goals. Zoningcodes and other local planning regulations can be a major barrier to solar installations. However, they canalso facilitate solar adoption. Speakers will present zoning tools and innovative financing options that canmake communities more solar-friendly and examples of what communities across the country are doingto address solar in their planning, zoning and development decisions. You will be able to recognize zoningcodes and other planning regulations that are barriers to solar adoption, identify best practices in solarfriendlyzoning codes, and bring this information back to your community and affect positive change.➤ Moderator: Anna Read, Project Manager, International County/City Management Association➤ Chad Laurent, Senior Consultant, Meister Consultants Group, Inc.➤ Suzanne Rynne, AICP, Manager, Green Communities Research Center, American Planning Association➤ Kimberly Kooles, Policy Analyst, North Carolina Solar CenterNautilus 5Nautilus 2B. Smart Growth, Immigrant Integration and Sustainable Development[CM 1.5; PDH/HSW 1.5] INTImmigration remains one of this country’s greatest assets and also one of its most thorny issues as Americamoves into the next decade. As the smart growth movement seeks sustainable, culturally rich places, weare challenged to understand how immigrant populations are part of smart growth solutions. One of thenation’s most renowned experts on immigration, Dr.Manuel Pastor will address how our nation’s changingdemographics will impact issues such as transportation, jobs and land use, as well as the possibilities fornew coalitions for sustainable growth. Participants will be able to thoughtfully explore critical immigrationstrategies and their impact on smart communities.➤ Moderator: Luis S.Molina, Mayor, City of Patterson, CA➤ Manuel Pastor, Ph.D., Professor of Geography and American Studies and Ethnicity, University ofSouthern California; Director, USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity;Co-Director, USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant IntegrationC. Eat, Play, Live: Creative Investments towards Equitable Health Access[CM 1.5;PDH/HSW 1.5] ADVIn this session, participants will identify how access to healthy food, recreation, and preventative and primaryhealthcare can improve community health and quality of life in underinvested urban communities.The panelists will speak to increasing access to health and health care for environmentally burdened andmedically underserved communities and will present ongoing work in Jacksonville, FL. Health Zone 1, incenter-city Jacksonville, was chosen as EPA Region 4’s Environmental Justice Showcase Community becauseof significant health outcome disparities and its concentration of contaminated sites. Today, residents havejoined with local, state and federal leaders to pursue preventative health initiatives around communitygardens, clean water and recreational opportunities for youth, and the creation of a new communityhealth center. In breakout groups following the presentations, panelists will seek critical reflections fromparticipants based on their diverse experiences and expertise. The session will conclude with a discussionof key considerations for equitable health access.➤ Moderator: Vernice Miller Travis, Senior Associate, Skeo Solutions➤ Michael Hancox, CEO, Skeo Solutions➤ Miranda Maupin, Manager, Community Planning and Design Group, Skeo Solutions53

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