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Green Streets for Sustainable Communities Symposium

March 12, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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.


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 am Welcome/ Joe Kott Remembrance/ Call to Action: Former Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, President Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities

9:10 – 9:20 am Blessing and Greetings: Kanyon “Coyote Woman” Sayers-Roods, Ohlone Leader
Indian Canyon Mutsun Band of Costanoan Ohlone People

9:20 – 9:45 am Keynote Address: John Bela, Partner, Gehl San Francisco:
Public space designer, urbanist, sculptor

9:45 – 11:00 am From Vision to Policy to Practice:
Vision of Green Streets for Sustainable Communities and how it is being translated to Practice and Policy –
Robin Grossinger – Scientist, SFEI
Sustainable Water – Jill Bicknell, SCVURPPP
Sustainable Transportation – Jessica Zenk, City of San José
Sustainable Ecology – Erica Spotswood, of SFEI
Sustainable Human Habitat – Alison Hicks, Mountain View City Council Member
Bringing it together – Complete, Green, Sustainable Streets
Moderator, Gita Dev, Sierra Club
Panel discussion and audience Q&A

11:00 – 11:20 am Break

11:20 am – 12:00 How to Pay for It – Investing for Sustainability
Moderator: Josh Bradt, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
Kelly Malinowski, Project Manager, San Francisco Bay Area, California State Coastal Conservancy
Becky Frank, Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program
Mallory Atkinson, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, One Bay Area Grants Program

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch – Interactive Multi-disciplinary Table Conversations

1:00 – 2:00 pm “Where the (Green) Rubber Hits the Road”: Making the System Work for Complete, Green and Sustainable Streets” How to Execute the Vision: Managing Silos, Lessons Learned and Wisdom Gained Exploring Case Studies in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Moderator: Marianna Grossman, Minerva Ventures and TCSC Board Vice President

  • San Mateo Sustainable Streets Master Plan: Prioritization of projects, community outreach, climate modeling, project concepts and illustrations, Matt Fabry, C/CAG:
  • Mountain View North Bayshore: A new paradigm for a whole area, green complete streets, using a Specific Plan, incentives for ecology improvements, storm water, Transportation Management Association,
    Josh Mello, District Transportation Lead for Mountain View Google; Martin Alkire, Principal Planner, City of Mountain View
  • Palo Alto: Improving collaboration and community engagement. Lessons learned from Charleston Arastradero and Ross Road projects, Holly Boyd, Pamela Boyle Rodriguez, and Sylvia Star-Lack, City of Palo Alto
  • San José: Multi-benefit Green Streets Projects,
    Jeff Sinclair, Acting Environmental Program Manager, Watershed Protection Division, Environmental Services Department, City of San José
  • Stanford University: Holistic campus management supporting integrated design for traffic calming, stormwater management, bicycle and pedestrian safety. Cathy Deino Blake, chief landscape architect.

2:00 – 2:45 pm Applying what we learned to change on the street: Opportunities for Impact
Q&A and discussion – with panel members, engaging the many experts in the audience

2:45 – 3:00 pm Call to Action
Yoriko Kishimoto, President, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities

3:15 pm Optional tour of Rengstorff Park to see green stormwater and ecology design features.

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Artwork used by permission of the artist © 2019


March 12, 2020
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


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Mountain View Community Center
201 South Rengstorff Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94040 United States
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