Thursday, August 13th
8:00 AM

Registration/Check-In Opens (Available all day)

Spanos Theater Patio

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

9:00 AM

Opening Keynote Address

Salud Carbajal, County of Santa Barbara, CA

Introductory remarks by: Kathleen Enz Finken, Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Cal Poly SLO Christine Theodoropoulos, Dean, College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Cal Poly SLO Moderator: Dr. Michael R. Boswell, Professor, City & Regional Planning, Cal Poly SLO

PAC Pavilion

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

10:15 AM


Spanos Theater Patio

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM

Plenary Panel: California 2050: Tomorrow's Future Starts Today

Dian Grueneich, Stanford University
Michael R. Boswell, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo

By 2050, California’s population will have reached 50 million. Accommodating this growth while achieving the state’s ambitious environmental and economic goals will require dramatic shifts in the way we plan communities over the next 35 years. At the same time our state is becoming increasingly diverse and our two largest generations— millennials and baby boomers— are turning the way we think about housing and transportation on it’s head. Technology has provided an opening for major disruptions. From shared mobility and autonomous vehicles to smart grids— the future starts with our plans today. Panelists will discuss innovative strategies for a sustainable 2050 and solutions for getting there. Moderator: Kate Meis, Executive Director, Local Government Commission

PAC Pavilion

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

LUNCH (Networking)

19 Metro Station

12:00 PM - 1:30 AM

1:30 PM

CAP 2.0: Learning from the First Round of CAP Updates

Cory Downs, City of Chula Vista, CA
Bianca Siegl, City of West Hollywood, CA
Alex Porteshawver, City of Benecia, CA
Heather Abrams, City of Menlo Park, CA
Garrett Wong, City of Santa Monica, CA

California saw a burst of climate action planning in the late 2000s. The young field struggled with how to do GHG emissions inventories and how to develop meaningful, effective policy. Many communities are now well into implementation of their climate action plans and some have begun their first round of plan updates. This session will look at lessons learned from these pioneer communities in the field: what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to be done next. Moderator: Tammy Seale, Michael Baker International

PAC Pavilion

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Innovative Approaches in Outreach & Education

Lunna Lopes, Public Policy Institute of California
Ryan Wiggins, TransForm
Cara Pike, Climate Access
Michael DeVirgillio, City of Hermosa Beach, CA

As with any planning process, community understanding and support of the topic is an essential ingredient for successful climate change and sustainability plans. Climate Action Plans that can speak to a community’s values and priorities are likely to gain broader support in adoption and implementation. Panelists during this session, will provide an overview of Californian’s attitudes toward climate change issues, highlight tools and resources available to engage the public, and share best practices/lessons learned from communities that have engaged stakeholders in innovative ways. Moderator: Leeanne Singleton, Sustainability + Community Planner, Raimi + Associates

Phillips Hall

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

3:00 PM


Spanos Theater Patio

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

3:15 PM

The Effect of State Policy and Court Rulings on Local Climate Action Planning

Rich Walter, ICF International
Dylan Johnson, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Brian Holland, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

New Governor’s executive orders, legislation, case law and policy guidance continue to evolve how local governments are addressing climate change. This session will provide an update on selected recent cases, resources and policy guidance. The session will also discuss the new normal of climate change institutionalization as an integral component of good planning. Moderator: Michael McCormick, Senior Planner, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research

PAC Pavilion

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Linking Public Health & Climate Change

Kathleen Karle, San Luis Obispo County Public Health Services
Aleka Seville, Four Twenty Seven
Matt Burris, Raimi + Associates

Linking Public Health & Climate Change For good and bad, climate change and public health are inextricably linked. The public health impacts of climate change, which are already becoming apparent, will be enormous. However, the topic of public health also presents a valuable opportunity for climate action planning, providing a relevant, understandable, and rallying topic for discussing the abstract and polarizing topic of climate change. In this session, practitioners will discuss their efforts to address the public health impacts of climate change as well as how the topic of public health helps inform climate action planning. Moderator: Matt Burris, Associate Principal, Raimi + Associates

Phillips Hall

3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

4:45 PM

Wine and Cheese Social

Sage - Vista Grande

4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Special Student Session on Careers in Climate Action Planning

Phillips Hall

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM