Changing the Climate Through Smart Growth

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Atlantic-based hurricanes are in a high occurrence cycle, the planet’s temperature is rising, conventional development patterns are still the overwhelming norm and vehicle miles traveled is increasing throughout the country. Interest in climate change and the between growth patterns and their impacts is increasing.

These national experts connect the dots of land use and climate change from health to transportation to the insurance industry and illustrate how policy changes at the local state and national levels can be implemented to preserve our economic, social, and environmental health.
Learn more from:
* Keynote: Assemblymember Fabian Nunez, 46th District; Speaker, California State Assembly
* John Geesman, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
* Reid Ewing, Ph.D., Research Professor, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland
* Tim Wagner, Director, Nebraska Department of Insurance
* Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online