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Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco

Amanda Eaken

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How three little letters can make such a big difference: LOS, meet VMT.

Posted September 2, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Living Sustainably

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If you prefer listening, or want to learn more, check out this Urban Solutions podcast. Jeff Tumlin of Nelson Nygaard, Chris Ganson of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and I connect the dots between California’s climate change laws AB32, SB375,...continued

Strategic Growth Council affirms its role as lead agency implementing cap and trade revenues for sustainable communities

Posted July 16, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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“We definitely know both in statute and because of agreement among the Council that the Council will retain all important authority over this program and all responsibility for the success of this program.” – Mike McCoy, Executive Director of Strategic...continued

'Cause how many of you that sit and judge me, ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?

Posted June 26, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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It seems only appropriate to invoke Buck Owens' classic if we're going to talk about Kern County. One week ago this evening, the Kern County Council of Governments (COG) voted unanimously to adopt the region’s first ever Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable...continued

Budget Deal a Shot in the Arm for California Sustainable Communities

Posted June 16, 2014 by Amanda Eaken in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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With less than 6 hours left before the constitutional deadline, California lawmakers passed a budget last night that includes substantial new revenues for implementing California’s landmark Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Law (SB 375), both this year and into the...continued

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

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