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Sustainability Issues in Southern California

Sustainability Series to Explore Region’s Most Critical Issues

The series of lectures is sponsored by UCR Extension and the Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development

(January 13, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Riverside Mayor Ronald Loveridge will kick off a series of lectures on “Sustainability Issues in Southern California,” sponsored by UCR Extension in cooperation with the UCR Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.

Loveridge, who will address local governments and regional growth, leads an impressive line-up of experts in Southern California land use planning, development, transportation and environment.

Six lectures will explore public policy alternatives for fostering development reform and their potential economic and environmental impacts on communities in Southern California. Issues relating to air quality, water policy, transportation, housing, regional planning and public finance will be addressed.

The lectures will be delivered from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 27 at UCR Extension, 1200 University Ave., Riverside. The series, which is required for a certificate in Sustainable Development and Green Design, can be taken for credit. Individual lectures may be attended on a non-credit basis.

The fee for individual lectures is $35. Cost of the series is $349, including parking and refreshments.

Andy McCue, principal of McCue and Associates and former Deputy Director of UCR's Center for Environmental Research and Technology, serves as the course instructor. McCue was the founding Managing Director of UCR’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.

Lecture dates, speakers and topics are as follows:
Jan. 27 – Ronald Loveridge, Riverside Mayor – “How Cities’ Interests Immediately and Strongly Get Them Involved in Regional Issues.”

Feb. 3 – Michael Woo, Dean of the College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona – “Land Use, Housing and Housing Density in the Region.”

Feb. 10 – Eric Garner, Partner, Best Best & Krieger – “California’s Water Situation.”

Feb. 17 – Barry Wallerstein, Executive Officer, South Coast Air Quality Management District – “Southern California’s Air Quality Situation.”

Feb. 24 – Ty Schuiling, Director of Planning & Programming, San Bernardino Associated Governments – “Transportation Issues.”

March 3 – Rick Bishop, Executive Director, Western Riverside Council of Governments – “Financing Infrastructure Development.”

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