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11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 2-4, 2012  -  San Diego, CA



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Today we face economic, environmental, and social challenges that will shape our future, and test our resilience -  as neighborhoods, as cities, and as a nation.  Join leaders from across the U.S. to tackle these challenges head-on and demonstrate smart growth solutions that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create a more resilient economy, assure a healthy population, foster more equitable development, and expand transportation and housing options for all Americans.


Visit the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Website and register now for this exciting conference!


 EHC and other environmental health and justice organizations will be featured in sessions throughout the conference:


Advancing Equity through Planning:

Challenges and opportunities workshop, featuring panel titled -

"Jobs, Wealth and Environmental Justice" moderated by EHC Executive Director, Diane Takvorian

February 1, 1:00pm - 5:30 pm, followed by social hour


Across the country, communities and regions are finding that inclusive, equitable planning processes empower them to address the economic, environmental, health, and other challenges they face. However, integrating social equity, affordability, economic/workforce development, and environmental justice into local and regional planning is not always straightforward. 


A Tour of Environmental Injustice to Community Uprising:

How the built enviornment affects residents' health - Led by staff of Environmental Health Coalition and International Rescue Committee

February 2, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Community-driven innovative solutions are slowly transforming Barrio Logan, Old Town National City and City Heights. In Old Town National City and Barrio Logan, participants will be able to see industrial uses located near homes, schools and churches. A visit to City Heights will show the community's lack of access to healthy food. Despite the challenges, organized residents in these communities have been able to relocate toxic non-conforming uses through an amortization ordinance (phase-out process), construct a new 201-unit affordable housing project, update the oldest community plan in San Diego, and create an exemplary community garden.


Green Energy, Green Jobs Update! 

Build healthier communities and your green career


Cuyamaca CollegeFree Green Construction Training with Cuyamaca College's one-month overview course titled "Introduction to Green Building Careers". It's FREE, plus the program offers a $300 stipend! The next available class starts in May, but make sure to attend one of the orientation sessions February - April. Visit Cuyamaca's website for more information and registration.