Water, Land Use and Smart Growth in California

Thursday, October 3, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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Smart Growth California invites you to a funder-only webinar series on California’s current debate on water, land use, and smart growth in California.

We all drink it, bath in it and swim it in, but many people don’t comprehend the complex politics and issues shaping this necessary component to human life: water. The politics of water are unique to every region, and with the history, size and diversity of California, this state’s water challenges can seem monumental. Join this two-part webinar series featuring water experts and funders to unpack the interplay — and at times disconnect — between water, land use and smart growth in California, and learn about California’s most pressing water challenges and opportunities. Hear how funders across the state are collaborating together to bring water to the forefront and to equip low-income and disadvantaged communities to shape the decisions affecting this fundamental need for their lives and livelihoods.

Register now for the two-part series and contact Kerry Hastings with any questions.

The first session — October 3rd at 10 a.m. — will draw a picture of the history of water and power in California that you won’t want to miss. We will dive into the state’s current water debates and the players, and how these issues are playing out on the ground.

Speakers include:

  • Celeste Cantu, San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Debbie Franco, Office of Planning and Research
  • Camille Pannu, UC Davis
  • Jen Sokolove (moderator), Water Foundation

The second session — October 17th at 10 a.m.—- will highlight the regional and statewide funder collaboratives working at the intersection of water, land use and equity, including the Community Foundation Water Initiative and the San Joaquin Valley funder collaborative.

Speakers include:

  • Danielle Dolan, Local Government Commission
  • Joya Banerjee, S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation
  • Additional speaker announcements to follow.