SEMINAR: In Our Backyard: The Intersection of Climate Goals and Housing Affordability in the East Bay

SEMINAR: In Our Backyard: The Intersection of Climate Goals and Housing Affordability in the East Bay

Seminar Abstract 

California has made significant progress in reducing carbon emissions from most sectors of its economy, but the story for transportation is not so rosy: Emissions and air pollution from cars are climbing, due largely to the state's housing crisis and concomitant need for workers to drive ever-longer distances to their jobs. Leading researchers at UC Berkeley, Energy Innovation, Next10, and reports commissioned by the California Air Resources Board have converged on a solution: Infill housing and transit-oriented development. This seminar will review the latest research on the nexus between the housing crisis and climate change, and offer insight into the policy mechanisms that can help close the gap between housing, transit, and low-carbon urban development.

Seminar Speaker(s) 

Matthew Lewis
Principal and Founder, Story/Strategy

After a ten-year career as a broadcast and print journalist, Matthew moved into advocacy communications with a focus on environmental justice, energy policy, and climate change. From 2008 through 2012, he was Director of Communications for the ClimateWorks Foundation, an international philanthropic effort launched by the Hewlett and Packard Foundations to support global pollution-reduction and clean energy policy efforts. During his tenure at ClimateWorks, he co-founded Climate Nexus, a New York-based media and communications firm focused on climate science. In 2012, he joined Next Generation, a non-profit public policy think tank, where he helped manage campaigns related to early childhood health, poverty alleviation, climate policy, and clean air. He also co-lead the Risky Business Project, an effort to quantify and communicate the economic risks of climate change in the U.S.

Victoria Fierce
Co-Executive Director, California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund
Victoria is Co-Executive Director of the California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund. CaRLA was formed in 2015 to enforce state housing law in California. Their goal is to restore a legal environment in which California builds housing equal to its needs. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Executive of East Bay for Everyone, a housing abundancy organization that activates the people of the East Bay to desegregate our cities, support new housing production, and equitable transit for all. Victoria originally moved west from Akron, Ohio in search of a job. Instead she found an unsustainable system of land use and was driven to fight to protect the one home that we all share: planet earth.


Oct 24, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm




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