Region Matters


July 22, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 33  

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director

We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters.  Please continue to send your requests for inclusion in our newsletter to CRC Info.    

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CRC Spotlight
CRC Projects Update
Emphasis on Environmental Justice
Environmentally-Focused Opportunities
Regionally-Relevant Events
Employment/Internship Opportunities
About The CRC
CRC Spotlight

Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

The CRC, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Sacramento Housing Alliance are co-sponsoring the Yolo Regional Affordable Housing Forum featuring thought leaders from throughout the Sacramento region and practitioners drawing the connection between the built environment, the health/vitality of community residents and a healthy economy.  Community development, small business and health representatives will be invited to discuss affordable housing issues throughout the Greater Yolo region of why integrating affordable housing will help localities meet their healthy communities' goals.  CRC Director Jonathan London will be a guest speaker presenting the Regional Opportunity Index (the CRC's interactive data mapping tool).

Date: Wednesday - August 6

Time: 9am - 1pm

Place: New Harmony Mutual Housing, Community Mtg. Room - 3030 Cowell Blvd, Davis

Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend but advanced registration is required.


CRC Projects Update: CCEP

CCEP Research Presentation

Last week, Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's  California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP) presented the CCEP's latest research at the CA Association of Clerks and Election Officials' 106th Annual Conference in Newport Beach, CA.  The research provided insight on the disparities in California's vote-by-mail use.  Click here to read the report.  For the latest on the CCEP's research, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero.


 Emphasis on Environmental Justice

Availability of the Draft Environmental Justice Cross-Cutting Research Roadmap

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) is leading the creation of a draft Environmental Justice Cross-cutting Research Roadmap (EJ Roadmap); one of four ORD roadmaps that examine high priority research issues cutting across ORD's research programs.   The purpose of the EJ Roadmap is to provide an overarching framework for EJ research in ORD; to promote integration across relevant ORD research programs; and to communicate ORD's current research/strategic directions internally/externally with partners and public stakeholders. The roadmap is being prepared by ORD in consultation with representatives from other EPA offices, outside advisory groups, and the public.   This is one of several documents that will be discussed at a public meeting of the EPA's Chartered Science Advisory Board (SAB) and Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) on July 24-25, 2014. Information about the joint SAB/BOSC meeting and copies of all of the review documents can be found here.


Environmentally-Focused Opportunities

EPA Grant: Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities

The EPA, as part of its  Science to Achieve Results program, announced its Request for Applications (RFA) for the grant Air Pollution Monitoring for Communities.  The EPA is seeking applications that create knowledge to empower communities and individuals to take action to avoid and reduce air pollution exposure, using low-cost portable air pollution sensors with a particular interest on research that will identify sustainable solutions that protect community partners.  RFA Open: Jun 9 - Oct 7


CA Naturalist Conference Call for Posters

The public is invited to present a poster on topics and activities related to California's natural history, conservation, citizen science and stewardship, or California Naturalist Program activities specifically.   The October 17-19 conference in Pacific Grove will provide a forum for poster authors and attendees to discuss their projects and programs at length.  Poster authors must be available to attend the October 18 poster reception.  Poster award categories include Best Overall, Best Interpretative Work, Best Citizen Science, and People's Choice.  See the poster website for specs, ideas and more information.  Deadline: August 15

Regionally-Relevant Events

Cal Humanities Celebrates 2014 California Documentary Project

The  California Documentary Project is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, people, and histories.

Date: Tuesday - July 29

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Place: CA Historical Society - 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

Please RSVP to Kristina.


BHC Community Action Plan Charrette

A Charrette is a multi-day public planning process that collects a lot of public input in a short amount of time.  Ubuntu Green's Building Healthy Communities Charrette will collect public input to create community action plans for bike and pedestrian safety, economic development, housing, environmental health, food access, and more.

Date: August 11-17 (Workshop July 26)

Time: Varies

Place: Ebenezer Christian Center - 6428 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Sacramento

See website for various locations and schedule of events.


 Employment/Internship Opportunities

Ubuntu Green Community Development Corporation Intern

The Ubuntu Green Community Development Corporation Intern will provide administrative support, conduct research to support our business plan, and assist the Economic Development Team for the Building Healthy Communities Community Plan Charrette.  The position is in Sacramento from July through October, approximately 20-35 hours/week.  All expenses will be covered and includes a $1,000 stipend.  For more information and directions to apply, email Ubuntu GreenSee the article above on Ubuntu Green's upcoming charrette.


Hewlett Foundation Environment Program Seeks Program Associate

The  Program Associate supports our Western Conservation Program Officer and US Climate & Energy Program Officer.  He/she manages the administrative aspects of the grant making process, communicates with grantees regarding proposals, budgets, and grant reports, as well as assists with scheduling and other duties.  The Program Associate may be assigned to research issues, programs, and organizations to assess their potential fit with Hewlett Foundation funding strategies or other special projects as needed.  Deadline: Until Filled

About The UC Davis Center for Regional Change

Launched in 2007, the CRC is a catalyst for innovative, collaborative, and action-oriented research. It brings together faculty and students from different disciplines, and builds bridges between university, policy, advocacy, business, philanthropy and other sectors.  The CRC's goal is to support the building of healthy, equitable, prosperous, and sustainable regions in California and beyond.  


Learn more! Visit the CRC website. To contact us directly, email or  call us at (530) 752-3007.