While the World Burns, a More Sustainable Future Is in the Making

At this very moment, wildfires rage across Southern California. These wildfires are only the latest in the increasingly volatile and destructive evidence of change in our climate. But there is hope. Even as the U.S. withdraws from the Paris Agreement – cities, states, and private companies are rushing to fill the void. Sustainability is becoming a win-win-win: environmentally, socially, and financially. The question is, are we too late?

In this episode, Christine Harada gives us an optimism that sustainability can prevail—and tangible proof that we can make it happen right in our own backyard.

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A Conversation with Paula Daniels: Lessons Learned

On Tuesday, November 17 the Bedrosian Center welcomed the Executive Director of California Central, Paula Daniels for our third Lunch with a Leader event of the semester. Daniels has worked extensively on sustainability policy, holding important positions in both the nonprofit and public sector. She started her environmental work volunteering with Heal the Bay, where…

Paula Daniels: Championing environmental sustainability

by Justine Dodgen Paula Daniels has long been an advocate for environmental causes. Raised in Hawaii, Daniels has said she’s cared about water from a young age, and remembers learning about the importance of malama aina – stewardship of the land- from her grandfather. In a LA Weekly interview in 2012, Daniels says she even asked…

Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Smart Growth Actions in California Cities (Full video)

Bedrosian Center Research Presentations: Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities Professor Shui-Yan Tang and Dr. Myungjung Kwon will present findings from their study: Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities. They look at what obstacles keep cities from adopting or implementing strategic sustainability plans. Local government…

Highlights: Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Smart Growth Actions in California Cities

Highlights from the Bedrosian Center Research Presentation: Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/GW_rZEOwPCg

Professor Shui-Yan Tang and Dr. Myungjung Kwon will present findings from their study: Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities. They look at what obstacles keep cities from adopting or implementing strategic sustainability plans.

Local government leaders must overcome many public management, socio-economic, political, and institutional obstacles in order to adopt a meaningful strategic plan for climate protection and/or energy use and to implement it successfully. Given many potential obstacles, what types of strategic sustainability plans and actions are more likely than others to be adopted by cities? What are the key internal and external obstacles for adopting and implementing these plans and policy practices? Based on data obtained from RAND California, the League of California Cities, and survey conducted in 2011, the article shows that California cities have remained reluctant to undertake rigorous sustainability actions that are difficult to implement, especially those in relation to smart growth land-use practices. Those cities that have a strategic sustainability plan in place tend to be more willing to undertake more rigorous actions. A number of public management obstacles, socio-economic, and political factors can help account for a city’s likelihood of having a strategic sustainability plan.

Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities

Bedrosian Center Research Presentations: Yan Tang October 27, 2014 View the full video here. View photos of the event here. View the transcript here. Professor Shui-Yan Tang and Dr. Myungjung Kwon will present findings from their study: Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities. They look at what obstacles keep cities from…

Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans & Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities

Professor Shui-Yan Tang and Dr. Myungjung Kwon presented findings from their study: Examining Strategic Sustainability Plans and Rigorous Sustainability Actions in California Cities. They look at what obstacles keep cities from adopting or implementing strategic sustainability plans. The study was funded, in part, by the Bedrosian Center on Governance. Photos by Aubrey Hicks