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Making the Land Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Connection to Regional Blueprint Planning

Hosted by:    San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

                    California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

                    Governorís Office of Planning and Research (OPR)  

List of San Diego Attendees


    Welcome Panel -- Introductions

.        Pedro Orso-Delgado, Caltrans District Director, District 11

.        Lori Holt Pfeiler, Mayor, City of Escondido

.        Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans

.        Secretary Dale Bonner, Business, Transportation and Housing Agency

.        Cynthia Bryant, Director, Governorís Office of Planning and Research (OPR)


In California , a population increase of 5 Ė 6 million people poses additional demand on public roads, energy supply, and natural resources.  Meeting California ís greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets by 2020 as specified in AB 32 will require reconciling the need to roll back the clock on energy consumption while meeting increased public demand for services.  This session will explore specific steps for reducing GHG emissions through changing land use patterns and includes tips from Welcoming Panel members. 


   Questions for Welcome Panel

.        Question & Answer Session


   Workshop Overview

.        Joan Sollenberger , Chief, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans


This 4th Blueprint Learning Network Workshop will continue in the tradition of peer-to-peer learning established last year. Sharing best practices and tips on how to achieve results at the regional scale remains an essential ingredient to successful Regional Blueprint Planning efforts across the state. 


   Climate Action Team: Overview   Attachment 1

.        Moderator: Joan Sollenberger , Chief,  Caltrans Division of Transportation Planning

.        Andrew Altavogt, Climate Change Advisor, California Environmental Protection Agency

.        Reza Navai, Chief, Office of Policy Analysis and Research, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans

.        Cathy Creswell, Deputy Director , California Department of Housing and

.        Community Development

.        Catherine Witherspoon, Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board


On September 27, 2006 Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 (Pavley and NuŮez) to combat global warming.  The billís intent is that the Climate Action Team (CAT) coordinate overall state climate policy.  This panel will provide an overview of the CAT, including key dates, early action steps, and opportunities to connect with Regional Blueprint Planning efforts.


   Questions for Climate Action Team

.        Question & Answer Session


   Metropolitan Planning Organization Tactics for Meeting Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets

.        Moderator: Rusty Selix, Executive Director, California Council of Governments

.        Mike McKeever, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments

.        Henry Gardner, Executive Director, Association of Bay Area Governments

.        Bob Leiter, Director of Land Use & Transportation Planning, San Diego Association of Governments

.        Joe Carreras , Lead Regional Planner, Southern California Council of Governments

.        George Finney, Executive Director, Tulare County Association of Governments

There is an ongoing debate among CalCOG members about how to navigate the assortment of priorities to measure, track, and comply with greenhouse gas reduction targets.  Hear from Metropolitan Planning Organizations working with models, politics, and trade-offs that balance different approaches.


   Questions for MPO Panel

.        Question & Answer Session


   Discussion with the Attorney Generalís Office

.        Ken Alex, Staff Attorney, California State Attorney Generalís Office

The California Attorney Generalís Office has written strong letters on local gov ernment compliance with AB 32. Discussion with the Attorney Generalís Office to explore the implications for Regional Agencies.


   Questions for Ken Alex

.        Question & Answer Session


   San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) Partnership Attachment 2

.        Panama Bartholomy, Advisory to Chairperson, California Energy Commission

.        Andrew McAllister, Director of Operations, California Center for Sustainable Energy

.        Susan Freedman, Senior Regional Energy Planner, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

The Energy Commission has partnered with SANDAG to develop transferable analytical tools and conduct research that focuses on the relationship among land use, transportation, and energy planning, and their climate change impacts. This includes updates of the San Diego regionís long term energy plan, expansion of a ďSustainable RegionĒ pilot with local gov ernments, and a toolkit on alternative transportation options. SANDAG partners with local entities like San Diego Gas & Electric and California Center for Sustainable Energy to implement energy planning. This session represents a cutting edge approach for regional agencies striving to establish a clear connection between land-use, transportation and energy policy.



.        Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of ICLEI, will showcase opportunities for Regional Agencies to engage local gov ernment.

ICLEI runs the Cities for Climate ProtectionTM (CCP) Campaign to assist cities to adopt policies and implement quantifiable measures to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and enhance urban livability and sustainability. More than 800 local gov ernments participate in the CCP, integrating climate change mitigation into their decision-making processes. ICLEIís work is based on innovative management instruments that track results and move toward the goal of sustainability.  


    Local Government Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

.        Moderator: Julia Lave Johnston , Senior Planner, Governorís Office of Planning and Research

.        Linda Giannelli Pratt, Director, City of San Diego Climate Protection Plan

.        Gretchen Hardison, Division Director, Los Angeles Global Warming Action Plan

.        Emily Young, Director of Environment Analysis & Strategy, San Diego Foundation

.        Steve Sanders , Program Director, Institute for Local Government

Achieving GHG emission reductions are everyoneís responsibility.  Local gov ernment has played a pivotal role in reaching out to the public to identify priorities and galvanize public interest in reducing GHG emissions. This panel will explore the successes and challenges of local actors from San Diego , Los Angeles , and the statewide Institute for Local Government. 


   California Regional Progress Report: Setting Media and Research Targets

.        Moderator: Trish Kelly , Sacramento Director, California Center for Regional Leadership

.        Doug Henton, President and Founder,  Collaborative Economics

.        John Melville, Director, Collaborative Economics

Rusty Selix, Executive Director, California Association of Council of Governments


The release of the California Regional Progress Report will provide Regional Agencies with a framework for understanding the metrics that drive their communities.  The report was crafted with input from a team of regional and state agencies and is intended to provide a resource for decision makers and citizens as they determine the policies and investments that will shape the economic, social, and environmental well-being of California ís regions.


   Questions for Regional Progress Report Panel

.        Question & Answer Session



   Break-Out Session Ė Report Back from Breakout Sessions

.        Small Group Presentations of Brainstorm Sessions  

Break-out Session Group Notes


   State Transportation Priorities and Air Quality Strategies

.        Moderator: Garth Hopkins , Acting Chief, Office of Regional and Interagency Planning, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans

.        Gregg Albright, Deputy Director, Caltrans

.        Richard Nordahl, Chief, Office of Goods Movement, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans

Regional Transportation Plans have been targeted by the Legislature as a prime vehicle for connecting Regional Blueprint Planning efforts and AB 32 objectives.  Hear from Caltrans and CTC staff as they examine the trade-offs between goods movement, air quality, congestion relief and GHG reductions. 


   Questions for State Transportation Priorities and Air Quality Strategies

.        Question & Answer Session  



.        Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans

.        Gregg Albright, Deputy Director, Caltrans

.        Mike McCoy, Academic Administrator, ICE Program, UC Davis