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Green Streets for Sustainable Communities Symposium

September 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

| $25
An online, three-part event to discuss and learn about how to holistically harness the benefits of city streets.

About this Event

Update: This event has been rescheduled to 3 on-line sessions, all from 9 am – 12 noon

Day 1 – Vision (Thursday, September 10, 2020)

Day 2 – Case Studies (Friday, September 25, 2020)

Day 3 – Funding Strategies (Thursday, October 8, 2020)

Green Streets for Sustainable Communities Symposium

In memory of Joseph “Joe” Kott, Ph.D.

Our public roads and their rights-of way are a huge public asset that must be better managed in an imaginative and integrated way. This symposium will bring together diverse stakeholders to explore how to better design, fund,  build, and maintain streets to optimize performance on many dimensions.

Who Should Attend:

This symposium is for city council members and local elected officials, city staff leaders, sustainability coordinators, stormwater experts, complete street/transportation experts, citizen and environmental activists, public and private utilities, arborists and tree experts, groundwater and urban ecology experts; and sustainability and real estate leaders for companies and other institutions.

Vision: Urban areas of the Bay Area are fully integrated into a “no net impact” system with the larger natural environment. This includes an integrated water system that follows the call to “slow it, spread it, sink it” and brings together the planning for storm water drainage, drought concerns, and flood prevention. No net climate change emissions means we reduce single occupancy vehicle use and promote walking, biking, transit or other shared low- or zero emission vehicles. Human-caused emissions are offset by a rich canopy of trees, grasslands, and chaparral in our open spaces surrounding the urban area and integrated throughout our urban areas – parks and gardens but also greening our infrastructure especially our street grids. Air flows are slowed and softened by trees canopies, our soil systems are protected by and enriched with natural compost.

Desired Outcomes: Participants will (a) learn from experts and peers, (b) be empowered by a community of peers and citizens who support this vision, (c) bring this vision and set of practices to standard policies and design guidelines for their cities and organizations and, of course (d) this will lead to change “on the ground” through both plans, specifications and implementation.

Agenda – Detailed Agenda will be provided soon

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Scholarships are available by request.

Organizing Committee Leads:

Council Member Alison Hicks, City of Mountain View

Matt Fabry, C/CAG, San Mateo County

Pamela Boyle Rodriguez, City of Palo Alto

Sylvia Star-Lack, City of Palo Alto

Yoriko Kishimoto, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Board

Marianna Grossman, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Board

Gita Dev, Sierra Club – Loma Prieta Chapter

Jill Bicknell – SCVURPPP, Santa Clara County

KIt Gordon – Grassroots Ecology

Tess Byler – San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority

Jessica Alba – Stanford University transportation policy

Amanda Brown-Stevens – Greenbelt Alliance

Catherine Martineau – Canopy

Kammy Lo – Canopy

Vignesh Swaminathan – Crossroad Lab

Julianna Martin – City of San José


City of Mountain View

City of Palo Alto



Sierra Club – Loma Prieta Chapter

Valley Water




Cool Block Santa Clara County

County of San Mateo


County of Santa Clara

Friends of CalTrain

Grassroots Ecology

Greenbelt Alliance

Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network (JVSVN)

Minerva Ventures

Mountain View Chamber of Commerce

National Safe Routes to School

Palo Alto Forward

Palo Alto Transportation Management Association

Prospect Silicon Valley

Santa Clara University

SF Bay Estuary Institute

Save the Bay

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Sustainable Stanford

San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority


September 10, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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