Region Matters


March 18, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 16  

Hello CRC Community,

There are a lot of new things going on at the CRC and with our collaborators.  Please enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters.


Jonathan London

CRC Director


Thank you for your continued interest in the CRC!


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In This Issue
CRC News and Announcements
Upcoming Forum
Policy Brief
Events of Interest
UC Davis Center for Regional Change
CRC News and Announcements


CRC Webinar featured by UC Santa Cruz

On January 27th, the UCSC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC) featured the CRC's Director Jonathan London's talk titled, "Spinning Community - University Partnerships" in the CCREC news.  The webinar was hosted by The PROTECT (Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats) Superfund Research Program (SRP) at Northwestern University. 


Click here to download a copy of the WebEx recording.  The talk is also posted on their Facebook page and Twitter


 Upcoming Forum


Sustainable Communities Policy Forum:
Increasing Implementation Follow-through


Date: Wednesday - March 19, 2014

Time: 11am - 1pm

Place: UC Center Sacramento - 1130 K Street, Suite LL22, Sacramento 95814

Cost: There is no cost and lunch will be provided


The fourth forum will evaluate local government implementation of sustainable communities in California. This will include a look at local government strategies as well as state programs to enable and facilitate local action.




Policy Brief

Authors Shannon Rogers, Kevin Gardner and Cynthia Carlson
used surveys of residents in Portsmouth and Manchester, New Hampshire, to examine the connection between walkability (the number of places people can walk to in their community) and social capital (the inclinations of social networks to help each other).

Walking Builds Community Cohesion: Survey of Two New Hampshire Communities Looks at Social Capital and Walkability 






Events of Interest


RP&E Relaunch Event: Movements Making Media


Date: Thursday - March 27, 2014

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Place: East Bay Community Foundation - 200 Frank Ogawa Plaza Oakland, CA

Light refreshments will be served.


Panel discussion features Carl Anthony, Co-founder of Urban Habitat & Breakthrough Communities; Miya Yoshitani, ExecutiveDirctor at the Asia Pacific Environmental Network; and Saru Jayaraman, Co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
You can RSVP to, or use the page. 

Suburban Placemaking
Guest Speaker: Michele E. Reeves, Urban Strategist
Date: Friday - April 4, 2014
Time: 9am - 10:30am
Place: StanCOG - 1111 I Street Modesto, CA 95354
Cost: Free

For more information or visit  Register now by clicking here.



The Science and Art of Saving the Planet

Sponsored by the UCD Arboretum & Public Garden and the John Muir Institute of the Environment

Date: Wednesday - April 2, 2014

Time: 4pm-6pm

Place: UC Davis Buehler Alumni Center

Cost: Tickets are Free - REGISTER HERE


Bill Jordan, the person who coined the term "restoration ecology," and one of the founders of the modern discipline of ecological restoration, will be giving a talk as part of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden's Thought Leader Series.* 


 UC Davis Center for Regional Change


The UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) produces innovative research to create healthy, sustainable, prosperous, and equitable regional change in California's Central Valley and Sierra Nevada and beyond.


Organized within and with core support from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the CRC is a resource for faculty and students across the campus and partners throughout California and the world.

For media inquiries and other questions, please contact us at  (530) 752-3007.

For general questions, please contact us at


Click here to read more about the CRC.