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Webinar: Saving Our Suburbs (Part 2) -- How to Seize Emerging Opportunities

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 1:00pm EST

In the first of three webinars, urbanist Chris Leinberger joined us to discuss how suburbs are building walkable urban places to become more Successful in response to dramatically shifting demographics, a growing knowledge economy, and disruptive technologies. 

On January 29, join us to learn about how suburbs can cover the costs of creating walkable urbanism by being Opportunistic and developing innovative public/private partnerships to pay for streets, public spaces, art and culture, and, yes, even parking—in other words, the infrastructure that turns density into a tool for creating community. Sarah Woodworth of W-ZHA and Chris Zimmerman of Smart Growth America will join us. Both are nationally known for their success in helping suburbs create innovative financing strategies. 

We conclude the series in March with a conversation on how suburbs can become "Smart" by harnessing rapidly emerging and disruptive technologies to make their communities more livable, equitable and resilient for everyone. 

This conversation will be moderated by Jason Beske, AICP, Consultant and Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech College of Architecture & Urban Studies. 

Panelists include: 
- Sarah Woodworth, Managing Member/Owner, W-ZHA, LLC  
- Chris Zimmerman, Vice President, Economic Development, Smart Growth America 
- David Dixon, FAIA, Vice President, Stantec’s Urban Places

Your questions are welcomed! 

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Busboys and Poets Presents: Dan Imhoff for The Farm Bill

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:30pm EST

Busboys and Poets | 14th and V
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
United States

The Farm Bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation the American president signs. Negotiated every five to seven years, it has tremendous implications for food production, nutrition assistance, habitat conservation, international trade, and much more. Yet at nearly 1,000 pages, it is difficult to understand for policymakers, let alone citizens. In this primer, Dan Imhoff and Christina Badaracco translate all the “legalese" and political jargon into an accessible, graphics-rich 200 pages.

Readers of The Farm Bill: A Citizen's Guide will learn the basic elements of the bill, its origins and history, and perhaps most importantly, the battles that will determine the direction of food policy in the coming years. The authors trace how the legislation has evolved, from its first incarnation during the Great Depression, to today, when America has become the world’s leading agricultural powerhouse. They explain the three main components of the bill—farm subsidies, food stamps or SNAP, and conservation programs—as well as how crucial public policies are changing.

As Congress ramps up debate about the next farm bill, we all need to understand the implications of their decisions. Will there be limits on subsidies to huge agribusinesses? Can we shift toward programs that reward sustainable farming practices? Will hungry kids get the help they need? These are questions that affect not only farmers, but everyone who eats. You have a stake in the answers. The Farm Bill is your guide. 

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Dan Imhoff is an author, musician, and artisan food producer who has written for 25 years on topics related to ecological sustainability. He has written numerous articles, essays, and books including Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm BillDan is the president and co-founder of Watershed Media as well as president and a co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a national organization that works to promote agriculture systems that support and accommodate wild nature.

 

Building the Cycling City by Melissa Bruntlett & Chris Bruntlett | An Island Press book

Chris Bruntlett at Institute for Energy Studies Speaker Series

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 4:00pm PST

AH 004
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
United States

The Institute for Energy Studies speaker series convenes energy experts from on and off campus and connects the Western Washington University and Bellingham energy communities. Speakers will explore the diverse fields of energy research and development, and also debate timely issues that connect public policy and business thinking to emerging knowledge in energy science and technology.

* Tuesdays at 4 PM in AH 004
* The lectures are free and open to the public
* Students may register for ENRG 391 and receive 1 credit


Chris Bruntlett
“Building the Cycling City – The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality”

With 22.5 million bicycles for a population of 18 million, the Netherlands is undoubtedly the world’s top cycling nation. However, there remains an erroneous belief that – while the Dutch can provide encouragement – their methods are unrepeatable, and their results unattainable. Miles of separated cycle tracks, dedicated bike streets, and off-street paths are something that only works for “them” and not “us.” But even they started somewhere. Can the country that has spent decades building comfortable cycling infrastructure provide a blueprint for North American cities such as Bellingham?

The Great Lakes Water Wars, Revised & Expanded by Peter Annin | An Island Press book

Great Lakes, Great Issues Lecture Series

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00pm CST

Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
United States

Lake Forest Open Lands presents an informative and engaging lecture series. Join us to explore with leading research scientists the Great Lakes' most influencial environmental, biological and geological developments and how they affect our daily lives.

For more than a century, the Great Lakes have been the target of controversial water diversion schemes, most recently with the highly publicized and polorizing FoxxCon deal. Join Peter Annin, author of Great Lake Water Wars, the definitive work on the Great Lakes water diversion controversy for an evening discussion to explore this and other battles to protect our precious water resource.

This series is offered FREE OF CHARGE thanks to funding support from the Illinois DNR's Coastal Management Program.

Vaquita Talk and Book Signing

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 11:00am PST

SF Chapter of Wildlife Society
399 Marine Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065
United States

ENTANGLED: A Deep Dive into the Vaquita Crisis with Brooke Bessesen

When wildlife researcher Brooke Bessesen set out to write a book about the smallest cetacean, she had no idea how high the stakes would be. Traveling into Mexico, she found a cartel drama unfolding. Over the next twenty-two months, she followed the scientists studying vaquitas and the organizations and honest fishermen facing grave risk to save these tiny porpoises. Attempting to reconcile the conflicts obstructing conservation amid rising violence and a plummeting Vaquita population, Brooke found herself on a raw, personal journey to the doorstep of extinction. In this presentation, she helps clarify the historical and immediate forces driving the species to the brink and explores viable solutions to the crisis. Brooke is the author of the new book: Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez.

Join us for this special, free event with Brooke:
Saturday, February 2, 2019
11:00AM-1:00PM
Redwood Shores Library
Community Room
399 Marine Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065
Free parking!

Brooke's talk will be followed by a question and answer session (~Approximately 11:00AM-12:00PM).

Christof Spieler: An Opinionated Atlas of U.S. Transit Book Talk

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:00pm EST

Smith Public Trust
3514 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
United States

Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and Island Press for a talk with Houston-based community leader, urban planner, and transit enthusiast Christof Spieler, whose book Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of U.S. Transit profiles 47 metropolitan rail and bus systems. Spieler takes an honest look at what makes good and bad transit and is not afraid to look at what went wrong. On February 5, he'll give a brief presentation and answer questions. Cash bar available.

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Webinar: Design for Good: A Conversation between Erin Barnes and John Cary

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 12:00pm EST

Almost everything around us was designed by someone; our homes, schools, workplaces, and nearly every imaginable public space. Design is everywhere and, for better or for worse, it shapes the quality of our lives. 

In this webinar, Erin Barnes and John Cary will explore how to design our homes, buildings, and public spaces to be accountable to diverse communities, respond to our everyday needs, and improve our quality of life. We’ll see why building civic participation and growing resident leadership must be center-pieces of designing for the collective good. You’ll hear about examples of neighborhood projects that illustrate the power of collaboration. 

Erin Barnes is co-founder and CEO of ioby (in our backyards), a crowdfunding platform that mobilizes neighbors who have good ideas to become powerful citizen leaders who plan, fund, and make positive change in their own neighborhoods. In 2018, Erin joined the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Fellows, in recognition of her contributions to creating a wave of civic innovation through her work at ioby. Erin serves on the boards of EcoDistricts and Resource Media. 

An architect by training, John Cary has devoted his career to expanding the practice of design for the public good. John's first book was The Power of Pro Bono and his writing on design, philanthropy, and fatherhood has appeared in The New York Times, CNN, and numerous other publications. Deeply committed to diversifying the public stage, he frequently curates and host events for TED and the Aspen Institute, and he is a founding partner in FRESH, a next-generation speaker’s bureau that represents young women and people of color. John published Design for Good, A New Era of Architecture for Everyone in 2017 with Island Press. 

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Food from the Radical Center by Gary Paul Nabhan | An Island Press book

Gary Paul Nabhan at Prairie Lights

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm CST

Prairie Lights
15 South Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States

MacArthur award-winning “father of the local food movement” Gary Paul Nabhan will read from and talk about Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Land and Communities. In this book, Nabhan shares inspiring stories about food and land restoration projects that bring communities together across the political divide. Nabhan is personally engaged as an orchard-keeper, wild foods forager, and pollinator habitat restorationist working from his small farm in Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border. He has helped forge "the radical center" for collaborative conservation among farmers, ranchers, indigenous peoples and environmentalists in the West. Nabhan is the author of books including Coming Home to EatCumin Camels & CaravansDesert Smells Like Rain, and the recent Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair.

He is a research scientist and the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, where he works to build a more just, nutritious, sustainable, and climate-resilient foodshed spanning the U.S./Mexico border.

Food from the Radical Center by Gary Paul Nabhan | An Island Press book

Gary Paul Nabhan at Prairie Lights

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00pm CST

Prairie Lights
15 South Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
United States

MacArthur award-winning “father of the local food movement” Gary Paul Nabhan will read from and talk about Food from the Radical Center: Healing Our Land and Communities. In this book, Nabhan shares inspiring stories about food and land restoration projects that bring communities together across the political divide. Nabhan is personally engaged as an orchard-keeper, wild foods forager, and pollinator habitat restorationist working from his small farm in Patagonia, Arizona near the Mexican border. He has helped forge "the radical center" for collaborative conservation among farmers, ranchers, indigenous peoples and environmentalists in the West. Nabhan is the author of books including Coming Home to EatCumin Camels & CaravansDesert Smells Like Rain, and the recent Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair.

He is a research scientist and the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona Southwest Center, where he works to build a more just, nutritious, sustainable, and climate-resilient foodshed spanning the U.S./Mexico border.

Book Launch | “Grain by Grain”

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 5:00pm PST

Logan Multimedia Center
North Gate Hall
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States

Join Berkeley alum and Lentil Underground author Liz Carlisle and organic farmer Bob Quinn for a launch of their new book, Grain by Grain. When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry and returning to his family’s farm in Montana, Bob started experimenting with organic wheat. He learned that the grain he first tasted at the fair was actually a type of ancient wheat, kamut, and he went on to found a multimillion dollar heirloom grain company, Kamut International. Hear Bob Quinn’s compelling story, and how his regenerative agriculture practices can serve as a model for growing a healthy future, grain by grain.

Followed by a reception featuring ancient grain and upcycled grain snacks.

Sponsored by the Center for Diversified Farming Systems. Cosponsored by the Berkeley Food InstituteGraduate School of Journalism, and ReGrained..

RSVP: https://bit.ly/2RPvFqT

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