Region Matters


August 19, 2014  Vol. 4 - Issue 36   

Hello CRC Community,

Jonathan London

CRC Director

We hope you enjoy this week's edition of Region Matters - we have a lot of great new information for you this week.  Please continue to send your requests for inclusion in our newsletter to CRC Info.    

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CRC in the News
CRC Project Updates
Environmentally-Focused Funding Opportunities
Emphasis on Environmental Justice
Recent Reports, Research, and Revelations
Regionally-Related Events
Employment/Internship Opportunities
About The CRC
CRC in the News

Interview with Vee Govender, Alum of CRC's Community Scholars Program

Vee Govender, Social Media Director of the BRICS from Below (BFB) network alliance and alumni of the CRC Community Scholars program was recently interviewed for Americans for Informed Democracy on the new international alliances growing through the use of social media.  BFB is based in Durban, South Africa and strives to network and mobilize grassroots organizations from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) through social media.  The CRC's Community Scholars Program brings community leaders to campus for a quarter of engagement with Master's of Community Development students in a planning and action research course. To read the full interview, click here.


CRC Project Updates
jklCRC Director Jonathan London at the Ecological Society of America Conference
Jonathan London recently made three presentations sharing the work of the CRC to some of the leading ecologists in the country.  The first was a presentation based on an analysis of the CRC's technical assistance on integrating social equity into regional transportation, housing, and land use planning.  The second was on a panel about effective science communication. The third was facilitating dialogue between ecologists, environmental justice advocates, and public policy leaders on strategies to build new action research collaborations.
CCEP in the National Commission on Voting Right's Nationwide Report
Mindy Romero, Director of the CRC's California Civic Engagement Project was quoted in the National Commission on Voting Right's groundbreaking nationwide report, Protecting Minority Voters: Our Work Here is Not Done.  This report, released a year after the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision eliminated a vital protection of the Voting Rights Act, reveals where and how minorities continue to experience discrimination in the United States.


For the latest on the CCEP's research, follow Mindy Romero on Twitter @MindySRomero.

Environmentally-Focused Funding Opportunities

Department of Transportation (DOT) 2015-16 Grant Program

The 2015-16 Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide will be released soon. The guide will include the new grant program, a fact sheet, and district marketing event information, all of which can be found on the DOT's websiteDeadline: Oct 31

Emphasis on Environmental Justice
Fighting to Reform Department of Toxic Substances Control
The People's Senate; a coalition of affected communities that want to make the voices of  those residents most affected by toxic facilities heard, have come together to reform the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). The DTSC is responsible for protecting Californians from hazardous waste, but according to residents who live near toxic facilities, the DTSC is not succeeding in these efforts. The report can be accessed here.  

 Recent Reports, Research, and Revelations

Data-Sharing for Environmental Health and Justice

The Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) helps funders invest in places where environmental, health, and community concerns intersect.  In June, HEFN hosted a meeting on "Advancing the Health and Environment Data Commons" where they brought funder members, NGOs, researchers and open data experts together for a day in Washington, DC to swap experiences and ideas about data-sharing for environmental health work.  They also discussed a new paper by open data expert David Eaves titled "Building Power through Data-sharing: Issues and Opportunities for Environmental Health and Justice Funders."  The paper is about using today's technologies to make social change. To learn more click here


Regionally-Related Events

The History of Mexico Through its Music

A musical presentation by renowned harpist Christine Berryessa Bonner interlaces with the celebrated energy of classical guitarist Carlos de la Fuente.  A History of Mexico Through its Music captures moments of time with narratives presented by Dr. Reyes Ortega. 

Date: September 19

Time: 7pm to ppm

Place: Crocker Art Museum - 216 O Street, Sacramento

See website for more information and registration.

Employment/Internship Opportunities

Positions Available with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the public agency entrusted with regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround the San Francisco Bay.  There are several positions available, including Health Officer and Community Engagement Manager.  For more information click here. Deadline: Sep 26


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.