Weekly Updates


December 21, 2011   Vol. 1. Issue 47                 


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Hello Friends,


The academic quarter is over and many have headed home to celebrate the numerous holidays that occur at this time of year. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, have a blessed Yule, remember compassion on Bodhi Day, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Solstice; and may all other holidays in December and January bring peace, joy and a focus on the oneness of humanity.  


Best Wishes,


The Center for Regional Change.


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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities

CRC Activities

The Center for Regional Change has created a website to disseminate the findings of the CEVAs or Cumulative Environmental Vulnerability Assessments (formerly known as the San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impacts Project- SJV CHIP). The website includes a wealth of information related to the final report "Land of Risk, Land of Opportunity" released this fall. Check out the sited and the findings by clicking here.
Special Reports on Regional Change


Beyond the Count: Leveraging the 2010 Census to Build New Capacities for Civic Engagement and Social Change in California, a new report from USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and funded by The California Endowment (TCE), looks at how California Counts - a coordinated, statewide strategy to reach the "hard-to-count" - built and strengthened capacities to engage disenfranchised Californians beyond the actual census tally. Click here to read more.

Regional Change in the News
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District's governing board has awarded $2,947,694 to 11 projects targeted at reducing the valley's air quality emissions through new technology.  The board also authorized an additional $3 million to bring more technology-advancement entrepreneurs in the valley. Read this entire story by clicking here.


Last week, still grappling with a budget crisis, California became the first state in the nation to completely eliminate transportation funding for public schools. Gov. Jerry Brown cut $248 million in state funding that helps put school buses on the road and reduced student attendance funding by $79.6 million. Those cuts take effect the second half of the academic year. Read the rest of this story here


States can't cut in-home care for elderly and disabled people if there's a serious risk they'll be forced into nursing homes, a federal appeals court has ruled in a decision that could forestall a 20 percent reduction in services to 372,000 Californians. Click here for more on this story.    


Even as the definition of family in America expands and shifts, California courts are trying to keep pace by redefining whom the law regards as parents. Judges have moved beyond traditional notions of biology and adoption and have assigned parental rights to adults with no genetic or legal ties to kids. Read more here. 

Upcoming Events


Become a volunteer with GRID Alternatives and help make the dream of sustainable energy through solar power a reality for low income communities. Orientations, team leader trainings, and installations are all coming up on January. Click here for more information on how to become a volunteer and installation dates.


The California Higher Education Sustainability Conference is coming to UC Davis from June 18th to June 21st, 2012 and will highlight: cutting edge research, as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs, and community partnerships. They have also put out a call for papers and seek speakers who have crossed silos within their institutions to create sustainable change, infuse concepts of sustainability into curriculum, and/or to pursue research questions related to sustainability. for more information click here 

Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

activist youth 

Since 1996, Do Something has annually honored young social change volunteers, ages 25 and under, with the Do Something Awards. Award winners receive a community grant, participation in a televised

award ceremony, media coverage, and continued support from Do Something. Click here for more information.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to build evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory legal and policy solutions to improve public health. The purpose of RWJF's Public Health Law Research program is to answer such questions by building a field of research and practice in public health law. The PHLR program is accepting applications for Rapid-Response Evaluations awards of up to $100,000 for a period of up to twelve months to support time-sensitive and opportunistic studies on emerging or anticipated changes in public health laws.

Click here for more details about this opportunity.   

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Catholic Charities in Stockton has an immediate opening for a half-time bilingual Spanish speaking Outreach Coordinator for the Environmental Justice Project.  The Outreach Coordinator will work closely with the Environmental Justice Director to promote the work of the E.J. Project and provide education and training in Spanish on environmental justice issues from a Catholic perspective. Click here for more.  

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is looking for a Program Officer for their climate and energy programs. The Program Officer must have experience in climate and energy policy development and advocacy and be able to apply his or her experience domestically and internationally. Moreover, the Program Officer must have a proven ability to think strategically and understand how policy advocacy creates policy change.Click here for the full description.  


Alcohol Justice, formerly Marin Institute, is the nation's leading alcohol industry watchdog. They are looking for a dynamic economic researcher and policy analyst to join their action-oriented group of dedicated public health, public policy, and advocacy experts. This role's primary responsibility will be to assess and analyze the economic impacts of industry actions on public health. To get further details about this position, click here.  


The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California. PHI is seeking a full time Marketing Specialist II for the Network for a Healthy California in Sacramento. This position will assist with the establishment and support of a newly-funded statewide healthy beverage campaign entitled ReThink Your Drink. Click here for details.