Island Press Events


Just Suburbs: Creating Equitable Opportunities in Suburban Development

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT


The Coronavirus has caused us to rethink many things across our society, including how and where we live and work. Our changing demographics and economy were affecting how we view cities and suburbs before the pandemic. These changes present growing challenges to our suburbs.

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 9, as Jason Beske and David Dixon, editors of Suburban Remix: Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places, will be joined by Eric Anthony Johnson, Chief of Economic Development, Housing and Neighborhood Services for the City of Dallas, Texas to examine how suburbs can begin to prepare themselves to become communities where the demographic mix presents the opportunity for everyone to thrive.

Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits. 


Beyond Polarization: Learning from the Unlikely Story of California’s Marine Protected Areas

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

Presented by: Steven Yaffee of the University of Michigan and Kaitilin Gaffney of the Resources Legacy Fund

At a time when the United States is divided and positive collective action feels out of reach, the creation of California’s network of marine protected areas provides a story of hope and hard work. After a contentious ten-year collaborative public process, the establishment of a network of 124 protected areas was considered nothing short of miraculous, having navigated political and interest-based polarization, bureaucratic delays, evolving science, and historic financial difficulties. What lessons can be drawn from the experience? This webinar will report on the conclusions of a new Island Press book that analyzes the story. It will also explain how the protected areas designation process has influenced the implementation of the MPA network, and describe elements of the California experience that may be adapted elsewhere.

Co-sponsors: NOAA National MPA Center and OCTO (MPA News, OpenChannels, EBM Tools Network)


Pedalling through Pandemic: How (E-)Cycling Can Keep Post-COVID Cities Moving

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 1:00pm EDT

In a short time, the coronavirus crisis has forced communities worldwide to reevaluate their mobility networks, especially as public transportation faces reduced capacity for the foreseeable future. Enter the bicycle, which—in combination with an electric pedal assist—is filling a portion of the gap.

Join Melissa and Chris Bruntlett, authors of Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality, for this webianr. Event to be hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network. Listen while the authors discuss how cities across the globe are adapting their streets to this new reality and are working to ensure this ‘bike boom’ sticks long-term. Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits.


Planning, Zoning and Legislation to Enable Missing Middle Housing

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:30pm PDT

The mismatch between the types of housing currently available and the types that people need is especially apparent here in the Bay Area, with its soaring housing prices, overwhelming rent burdens and indomitable homelessness crisis. But across the country, people are looking for housing options that shape affordable, walkable and desirable neighborhoods. Enter missing middle housing, such as duplexes and fourplexes. Hear from the author of the new book, Missing Middle Housing, as he beautifully illustrates how these housing types, when designed well, can be a powerful tool to create the communities that people both want and can afford. Hosted by SPUR


Better Buses, Better Cities

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 12:30pm PDT

Often dismissed by the general public, the humble bus is the underdog workhorse of public transit. Here in the U.S., buses have long been an afterthought in budgeting and planning, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Across the world, buses serve as the foundation of fast, reliable and inclusive transportation networks. The book, Better Buses, Better Cities, describes the implementable steps necessary to marshal widespread support and strengthen collaboration between everyone from community activists to transportation department heads in order to evolve the role of the bus on our streets. Join the book’s author, Steven Higashide, for an inspiring look at why a better bus system can create a better city for everyone. Hosted by SPUR.