Weekly Updates


August 10, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 28         

Hello Friends,

The CRC continues to be commit its energy to bettering regional outcomes through actionable research on a variety of issues. The center is pleased to be making headway in terms of the increasing dissemination of CRC-produced research, expanding recognition in the region and the academy, and opportunities to work with organizations dedicated to social activism and regional change. 

Below, you will find relevant: news, resources, opportunities, and events in the regions we serve.

The Center for Regional Change

In This Issue
CRC Activities
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Regional Change in the News

CRC Activities

Trophy. Photo Credit: dealiciousfinds.com 

Jonathan London, Professor in the Department of Human and Community Development and Director of the Center for Regional Change, received the 2011 Award of Merit for the Natural Resources Research Group (NRRG) of the Rural Sociological Society. Each year, the NRRG Award of Merit is presented to recognize exceptional contributions to the sociology of natural resources. This year, the NRRG commended London for being both a traditional scholar and an active contributor to social justice. Click here for more information.  


The interest and momentum are building steadily for the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions research. Already roughly a dozen speaking engagements in and around the capital have been scheduled with a diverse array of stakeholders, institutions, and political leaders being exposed to the findings.  Click here for more information on this report and its findings.  


The Sacramento Housing Alliance (SHA), a CRC-affiliated organization, announced the selection of Bob Ehrlenbusch as the organization's Executive Director on August 8th. Ehrlenbusch replaced Shamus Roller, member of the Regional Advisory Committee as he transitioned into the state-level counterpart of the SHA, Housing of California. Congratulations to them both. 

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

Earth. Photo Credit: edopter.com 

The Wallace Global Fund is providing capital for initiatives that are related to environmental resource depletion and system collapse; corporate abuses and the concentration of corporate power; planetary carrying capacity; sustainable human population; women's human rights, with an emphasis on ending female genital mutilation; civic engagement; civil liberties; equal justice; independent media; and media policy.  Click here for more details.   


The Bikes Belong Foundation has announced funding available from $5,000 to $10,000  for research that examines the economic impact of additional or improved bicycling facilities or bike-related events, and for special opportunities and innovative or unique research efforts considered on a case-by-case basis. Click here for the full description.    


Ferris Wheel Community. Photo Credit: ehw.org 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is providing grants to foster reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes, either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood, district, corridor, or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing, the reuse of older buildings and structures for new purposes, and similar activities with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local or neighborhood level. For more information about this opportunity, Click here .  

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

Light Bulb. Photo Credit: allentowngoodnews.blogspot.com 

The UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center's Emerging Venture Analyst (EVA) Fellowship provides students with a unique set of opportunities to gain skills and experience in the field of energy efficiency (EE), while building project management and business development experience. EVAs have the opportunity to work directly with some of the most influential EE investors and thought leaders in the state and nation. These apprenticeships also give students the chance to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world projects. Get more information by clicking here. 


UC Cooperative Extension has a vacancy for an Advisor to serve Kern County, headquartered in Bakersfield, CA. The advisor will develop linkages with individuals, client groups, researchers, policy makers, agencies and organizations relevant to livestock and natural resources management. The advisor will also develop and test livestock, range and natural resource management practices and strategies that protect water quality and food safety and restore degraded ecosystems while supporting economically viable livestock enterprises.  For more information, click here.   


Planning Group. Photo Credit: adem.arkansas.gov 

US EPA Region 9 is accepting applications for a community planner with experience in integrating smart growth and sustainability principles into city redevelopment plans. This position will support the City of Fresno and the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) White House initiative, which will use an interdisciplinary, flexible, targeted, and customized strategy to support the City of Fresno and key stakeholders in implementing the city's overall vision for economic development and revitalization. Click here for the full announcement.  

Upcoming Events
Sacramento Delta. Photo Credit: jonjost.wordpress.com
You are invited to the next 
 Sacramento Sustainability Foruma monthly venue for connecting businesses,

non-profits, government and interested citizens in the Sacramento region in order to promote  a more sustainable future. The topic of the next forum will be "The Delta: Critical Issues Surrounding our Vital Resource" and will take place on August 18th. For more event information, click here.


Register now for "Community Reinvestment Act  for Central Valley-Based Community Based Organizations". This workshop, to be held on September 15th, is designed for staff of Central Valley community-based organizations who are interested in obtaining current information and training on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and how it can benefit their organizations. The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 is intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound lending practicesFor more

information about this event, click  here


Public Transport. Photo Credit: baltidome.com 

The transportation Equity Network (TEN) invites you to take part in a webinar on August 25th. The webinar is titled "The Truth About Metropolitan Planning Organizations (a.k.a. MPOs)". Panelists will discuss the purpose of MPO's, stories of MPO engagement from TEN leaders and organizers, and finally how to organize around your MPO. These monthly webinars are aimed at community leaders, activists, advocacy organizations, and anyone who wants to learn more about organizing for transportation equity. Click here

for details about this event.     
Regional Change in the News

Obama. Photo Credit: independent.co.uk 

The Obama Administration has announced that Federal agencies finalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order  to develop environmental justice strategies to protect the health of people living in communities overburdened by pollution. They also plan to provide the public with annual progress reports on their efforts. Read more by clicking here.  


New York. Photo Credit: cfeceny.blogspot.com 

New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has launched a three-year, $127.5 million initiative to support the advancement of young black and Latino men in the city. The Young Men's Initiative will address broad disparities that hinder the advancement of African American and Latino youth. Get the full article here.     


Pride Button. Photo Credit: toppun.com 

Local advocates are in the early stages of an ambitious plan to bring a center for gay and lesbian advocacy to downtown Stockton. Currently, Stockton is one of the few urban centers in California without a pride center and this proposal  also includes potential programs on bullying and spirituality, sensitivity training, a speakers bureau, and a library. Click here for the full story. 

Expanding the Circle on Regionalism
lettuce harvester. Photo Credit: estuarypress.com
The UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment
has created a website called 25 Stories from the Central Valley. The site uses photos, stories and theater to paint a vivid picture of the environmental toxins that "the other California" lives with every day. Women leaders give us a window into the little-known lives of people who are making this region safer for everyone. Their stories are shocking, sad, and inspiring. Above all, they will broaden your understanding of the Central Valley, community change, and the necessity for civic engagement. 
Check out the 25 Stories website by clicking
Special Reports on Regional Change
Bears. Photo Credit: Facebook.com
The College Board Advocacy and Policy Center
has developed a report and website specifically about the educational and career prospects of men of color. Their research has determined that the fastest growing populations in the country are those minority groups with the lowest levels of male educational attainment. This means that If present levels of education and current population trends hold, the United States will see a decline in the educational attainment of the country as a whole. Read the report and visit the website by clicking here.
 See all of this information and more on our website: regionalchange.ucdavis.edu. We invite any input on or contributions to these announcements.  Also, if you are interested in providing a post for our blog, please let us know.  To unsubscribe, click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thanks for your time!


Michael Johnson 

UC Davis Center for Regional Change