West Coast Conference to Develop Federal Agenda for Sustainability

Leaders to Meet on Energy, Water, Transportation and Resource Management

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Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 1:59 pm

SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. - Municipal leaders and legislators will meet in the heart of wine country on May 2 and 3 to learn best practices in sustainability and develop a 2012 federal sustainability agenda.

The Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Western Region, will feature four tracks of educational sessions for municipal government professionals and elected officials on Thursday, May 3 at the Double Tree Hotel in Rohnert Park. The general conference will be preceded by a special, half-day legislative roundtable for top leadership, and an evening networking reception for all conference and roundtable attendees at the St. Francis Winery and Vineyards on May 2 (transportation will be provided from the hotel).

Hosted by Applied Solutions and the Sonoma County Water Agency, the conference is presented by Sustainable City Network and Climate Communities, and will educate leaders and staff on the latest sustainability ideas, plans and best practices in four distinct programming tracks:

• Energy

• Water

• Transportation

• Resource Management

Those who wish to attend may register online now at www.GSCwest.com. Admission to the one-day conference on May 3 is $175, which includes admission to the networking reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 2. Admission to the half-day legislative roundtable discussion, intended for California state and municipal leadership (department heads and above) is $50. Admission to both the roundtable and the conference is $199. Seating will be limited.

The conference is intended for city/county managers, administrative staff, mayors, council members, municipal engineers and planners, as well as departmental directors of public works, building services, water/wastewater, solid waste, IT/GIS, parks and recreation, transit, fleet management, utilities and traffic control, as well as state/federal officials who play important roles in supporting sustainability.

The half-day roundtable will include a facilitated discussion about the sustainability priorities of California's local governments and the drafting of a sustainability agenda, which will be presented to California's state and federal representatives during and after the conference. The state's legislative and congressional delegations have been invited to address the roundtable during the event.

Tentative programming during the general conference on Thursday will include the following topics:

WATER

1. Preparing for EPA's New Stormwater Regulations, Water Smart Development

2. Neighborhood Scale Water Reuse Systems

3. Water Supply Forecasts for California and Dealing with Future Shortages

4. On-Bill Financing of Water Resource Improvements

ENERGY

1. Effective Strategies to Engage Citizens and Businesses in Reducing Energy Use

2. Community Choice Aggregation, Sustainable Energy Utilities and Municipalization: Community Options for a Sustainable Energy Future

3. On-Bill Financing of Efficiency Improvements

4. Financing Renewable Energy for Water Use and Treatment Projects

5. District Energy and Innovative "Green" Infrastructure Projects

TRANSPORTATION

1. Preparing Your Community for the Next Generation of Vehicles

2. Funding Opportunities for Sustainable Transportation Projects

3. Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Strategies for Community-wide VMT Reductions

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

1. Mining Your Waste Streams for Power

2. How to Align Climate Action Plans with Current California Policies

3. Choosing the Right Metrics for Measuring Progress on Sustainability Measures

4. Sustainability vs. Modern Zoning Codes

Applied Solutions is a non-profit organization that was founded by local governments committed to aggregating action, leadership and innovation to advance integrated solutions leading with priority consideration for water, energy, transport and the built environment to advance the clean economy locally and nationally through bottom up action in collaboration with national scientific labs.

The Sonoma County Water Agency manages the water resources in Sonoma County California for the benefit of people and the environment through resource and environmental stewardship, technical innovation, and responsible fiscal management.

Sustainable City Network is a business-to-government media and publishing company that provides elected officials and municipal professionals with quality and timely information on sustainability products, services and best practices.

Climate Communities is a national coalition of cities and counties that educates federal policymakers about the essential role of local governments in developing new approaches to create livable communities, reduce energy use and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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