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Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco

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California still failing to invest in sustainable transportation choices

Posted March 19, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Tomorrow morning at 10:00 am, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) will meet in Santa Ana, Calif.  to decide which transportation projects will receive priority funding over the next five years in the State’s Transportation Improvement Program, better known as the...continued

Ending California's Love Affair with Bad Planning Practices

Posted February 14, 2014 by Amanda Eaken

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This Valentine’s Day, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is giving California the chance to end its ill-fated love affair with Level of Service (LOS), an antiquated method of measuring the transportation impacts of projects under the California...continued

Caltrans must align its mission and investments with California's climate goals

Posted January 31, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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An external review of CalTrans released by the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) yesterday found that the department has fallen far behind the times in its priorities, particularly in light of the environmental challenges that the transportation system needs to...continued

How did sustainable communities fare this leg. session in CA? Turns out, pretty well.

Posted September 24, 2013 by Amanda Eaken in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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UPDATE (9/27/2013): Governor Brown has just signed SB 743 into law. “From the standpoint of sustainable transportation, this is the most significant new provision to pass in California since AB 32 and SB 375.”            ...continued

Kern County should choose the path to a healthier future

Posted August 21, 2013 by Amanda Eaken in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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This Monday, the Bakersfield Californian ran an op-ed from the American Lung Association’s Tamira Smith Lopez, entitled Can a City’s Layout Promote residents’ health? You bet. As I’ve blogged before, Kern County is in the midst of developing a Sustainable...continued

Gema Perez is walking the walk. Will Kern County?

Posted July 18, 2013 by Amanda Eaken in Solving Global Warming

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In urban planning circles, Jeff Speck is making waves with his book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it...continued

Turning Southern California's sustainable vision into reality

Posted May 6, 2013 by Amanda Eaken in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Last week, I had the honor of accepting the Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) inaugural President's Sustainability Leadership Award, which was presented at their annual General Assembly conference in Palm Desert, CA. I am deeply humbled and honored to...continued

Sacramento County Board of Supervisors reverses decades of smart growth planning overnight

Posted February 6, 2013 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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When people criticize California for being stuck in the ‘60s, they’re usually talking about hippies and flower power. Yet last week, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors took us in a suburban sprawl time machine back to the 1960s with...continued

New report details shifting housing demand in California's Central Valley communities

Posted January 22, 2013 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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If population trends in California hold true, more than 6.5 million people will call the Central Valley home by 2050. That is a 72% increase from today’s population in a region called America’s Breadbasket. If these millions have only sprawl...continued

New farmland loss report adds urgency to San Joaquin Valley's efforts at better planning

Posted January 17, 2013 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming

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This blog was co-written with Dana Gunders, Project Scientist, Food and Agriculture, NRDC. A report released this morning by the American Farmland Trust finds that local governments in California’s San Joaquin Valley are continuing to turn precious farmland into low-density...continued

A conversation with Fresno's Downtown Revitalization Specialist

Posted December 6, 2012 by Amanda Eaken in Solving Global Warming

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As California’s sustainable communities legislation, SB 375, is implemented across California, we thought it would be a good idea to hear from folks developing local plansthroughout the state. This week we spoke with Wilma Quan, Urban Planning Specialist for the...continued

TEDx Santa Monica asks "What's your ideal city?"

Posted October 12, 2012 by Amanda Eaken in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This Saturday October 13th, TEDx—an independent affiliate of TED that is dedicated to spreading innovative ideas on a broad range of topics—will host a “City 2.0” event in Santa Monica, inviting speakers to share their ideas for cities of the...continued

The San Joaquin Valley: The Next Frontier for Sustainable California Communities

Posted October 1, 2012 by Amanda Eaken in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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This Thursday October 11th, the San Joaquin Valley’s leading thinkers will convene for their eighth annual San Joaquin Valley Fall Policy Conference to discuss the most pressing issues facing the region. According to the agenda, one of the top items...continued

Building the future we deserve in California

Posted September 24, 2012 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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NRDC and Move LA released a report today touting the expansive benefits of sustainability planning in three of California’s largest cities—representing nearly two-thirds of the state’s population. The report explores how Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego are already building...continued

Team NRDC gears up for Climate Ride - 320 mile bicycle fundraiser

Posted August 31, 2012 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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One week from tomorrow, the eleven riders that make up Team NRDC will embark on Climate Ride, a 320-mile bicycle journey that starts near Eureka and makes its way down the North Coast to San Francisco. This 5-day adventure benefits...continued

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