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August 31, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 31            

Hello Friends,

We are excited to see the contributions to the field being made by our affiliates and for the recognition of the important work that they continue to do. Although accolades can be few and far between, they are a reminder of the importance that research and action can take on when wielded at the regional level. Congratulations to all of those who support, augment, and help to shape the work that we do as an action-oriented research institution.

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


The Center for Regional Change

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

CRC Activities

CRC Faculty-Affiliate, Bruce Haynes
has recently released a book titled, The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies. Dr. Haynes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Davis. Click here for more information about this book.

Planning Assoc. Picture 

Jeff Loux, co-director of the UC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resources Program and CRC Regional Advisory Committee Member (RAC), will accept the 2011 Distinguished Leadership Award from the  American Planning Association, California Chapter. The program was honored for sustained and significant contributions to the planning profession and for the important role it plays in the overall economic and social health of the region. The extension program has been directed for many years by Jeff Loux, an adjunct professor of landscape architecture, and is now co-directed by Julia Johnston, another CRC RAC Member. Loux and other leaders who have helped shape the program will accept the award at the annual meeting of the California American Planning Association to be held in Santa Barbara in September.

Special Reports on Regional Change

Is the racial gap in America transforming itself into a generation gap? By 2042, people of color will be the majority in America. Already nearly half (46.5 percent) of our nation's young people are of color, while more than 80 percent of seniors nationwide are white. A report by PolicyLink and PERE seems to show for the first time, America's seniors, business leaders, and elected officials simply do not see themselves in the faces of today's young. For many, this signals less obligation and commitment to the kinds of programs and resources that would help provide a boost and a safety net for the next generation. Click here for more information.

Regional Change in the News

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Several busloads of farm workers and supporters from Kern County are expected to join United Farm Workers marchers in Sacramento on Sunday for the final stretch of a 200-mile trek to bring attention to inhumane working conditions. Get the complete story by clicking here.   

The U.S. EPA 
found that California pesticide regulators discriminated against Latino schoolchildren when they annually approved a powerful pesticide, Methyl Bromide near their schools.

The preliminary finding is part of a settlement stemming from a civil rights complaint filed in 1999. Click

here to learn more.



Across the Bay Area and California, cities are removing or narrowing lanes and redesigning hundreds of streets to add bike lanes, speed up transit and improve pedestrian safety. The car remains king,

but the crown is slipping as municipalities and regions shift funding priorities towards public and environmentally-friendly forms of transit. Click here for more. 

Upcoming Events
Photo: matcmadison.edu
HIgh School Students
are invited to the Career GPS Career Exploration Event on October 13th and 14th at the Cal Expo.  The fair aims to expose high school students in the capital region to a broad array of career and education options in a career fair format. 
For more event details, please click here.  
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
The Sustainability Research Networks Competition will engage and explore the issues and empirical questions in sustainability science, engineering, and education that will increase our understanding of challenges to sustainability. Each SRN network will be built upon an ambitious and nationally important sustainability theme. Proposers will be tasked with choosing a specific theme for their network, identifying the research already being done in this area, proposing methods for linking existing research efforts, and then proposing research needed to advance their specific research theme. Click here for more details about this fellowship. 


The California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) on behalf of The Regents of the University of California is seeking qualified expert organization(s) to partner in proposals for projects and programs working toward California's strategic goals for zero-net energy (ZNE) and other very low-energy use buildings. CIEE strives to enable mainstream building industry progress along a trajectory toward long-term ZNE and very-low energy goalsFunding for this effort is not guaranteed. Click here for the full description.     

 water pollution: consciouslifestylesradioblog.com 

Disadvantaged communities (DACs) in the Tulare Lake Basin region face widespread drinking water
and wastewater challenges. The Tulare Basin Disadvantaged Community Water Study seeks to address these issues.The purpose of this study is to develop a plan that provides rural DACs with a safe, clean and
affordable potable water supply and effective and affordable wastewater treatment and disposal
options. Click
here for information about this study and its RFP. 

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

Marine photo. Photo: environment.ucla.edu 

The California Sea Grant State Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for graduate students who are interested in marine resources and the policy decisions affecting those resources in California. The State Fellows Program provides an opportunity to acquire "on the job" experience in the planning and implementation of marine and coastal resource policies and programs in the state of California. Get more position information by clicking here. 


The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks an experienced senior manager to lead the agency's climate change programs addressing greenhouse gas reductions. These include both voluntary and regulatory programs. The vacancy is a Senior Executive Service (SES) position as Director, Climate Change Division (CCD) in the Office of Atmospheric Programs (OAP), in the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). For more information, click here.


The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund seeks an experienced, full-time Executive Assistant who will support the Vice President of Programs (VPP). The Executive Assistant ensures the effective daily operation of a fast-paced, professional office. The individual serves a key liaison function between the VPP and all other organizational departments, assists with VPP grant making activities and special projects, and works as a member of the Fund's administrative team. Click here for the full announcement.  

 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