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UCR’s CSSD Participating in $250,000 Grant
May 1, 2013 - UCR’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) is participating in a $250,000 grant awarded to the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) to research walkability plans for Riverside neighborhoods.
The grant was awarded to the RCTC by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). CSSD is receiving $227,000 of the grant funds to work with RCTC and County of Riverside Department of Public Health officials to produce “walkability” plans for two economically-challenged Riverside neighborhoods.
The plans will focus on improving public health through planning and urban design. “Walkability” plans follow the concept of New Urbanism, a form of development that integrates shopping and housing in a pedestrian-friendly environment.
Increasing “walkability” helps reduce automobile usage. These plans can include many facets of New Urbanism, including usable public transit, wider sidewalks and reduced or slowed vehicular traffic, and local investment to integrate businesses into neighborhoods.
Under the grant, an analysis of each neighborhood will examine traffic modeling; neighborhood infrastructure; parks, streets and other common areas; and social capital, such as local powerbrokers, social clubs, schools. The goal is to increase positive health indicators in a measurable way, increase public participation in neighborhood planning and produce a lasting policy document that can be incorporated as local planning policy. Juliann Allison, UCR Associate Professor of Political Science and CSSD Associate Director, is the principal investigator for the CSSD portion of the project.
Results of the neighborhood analyses will be used for a series of meetings between neighborhood residents, city officials and staff to develop a five-year improvement plan for each neighborhood and to seek the plan’s adoption by the City of Riverside.
Ronald O. Loveridge Named As Center Director
January 1, 2013 - Ronald O. Loveridge, who has served an active leadership role in local, regional and state government for more than 30 years, has been named Director of UCR’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.
Loveridge, an associate professor at UCR since 1965, succeeds Anil Deolalikar, UCR Professor of Economics, who has been CSSD’s Director since July, 2009 and who has been named the Founding Dean of UCR's School of Public Policy.
"I am excited to return to the campus both to teach and to lead CSSD. The Center will support, and connect, the best of academic research with important policy choices for a sustainable future for this region and Southern California," he said.
Loveridge served the City of Riverside for 33 years, as a City Councilman from 1979 to 1994 and as its Mayor from 1994 to December, 2012. As Mayor, he taught one course a year at UCR. "Local Leadership in California." On January 1, free of his responsibilities as Mayor, he will focus his attention on the research related to the growth of the suburbs, public policy, urban planning, transportation, air quality and the intersection of cities and natural lands.
Loveridge was President of the League of California Cities in 2003/04, and served on the boards of the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Southern California Association of Governments, Western Riverside Council of Governments and the March Joint Powers Authority.
In 2010, Loveridge served as President of the National League of Cities, a Washington, D.C.-based organization. He has been a member since 2004. He served on the National League’s Executive Committee as its immediate Past President in 2011. He also was recently inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration, a national think tank.
In September 2012, he was appointed by the Ontario City Council to serve on the five-member Ontario International Airport Authority, which would oversee operation of the L.A./Ontario International Airport if the authority gains control of the airport from Los Angeles World Airports, its current owner/operator.
Loveridge earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from Stanford University.
Juliann Emmons Allison Speaks on New Urbanism Study
May 9, 2011 - Juliann Emmons Allison, Associate Professor of Political Science at UCR, spoke at the University of California Sacramento Center on the study, "The Hope of New Urbanism: Energy Conservation and Sustainability through Urban Design."
The University of California Center Sacramento advances the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service with an integrated program to train future state leaders, to address challenging public-policy issues confronted by the nation and state, and to carry out the University’s mandate to assist state government.
The New Urbanism study, completed last year, was funded by the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation. Professor Allison conducted the study in collaboration with her colleagues at UC Riverside: Kanok Boriboonsomsin (College of Engineering-Center of Environmental Research & Technology) and Martin Johnson (Political Science).
At the heart of the study was the question: Can urban residential design, known as New Urbanism – a more cohesive and compact form of development combining live/work/commercial spaces in “walkable” communities – really achieve energy efficiency by reducing individual use of automobiles?
The project examined the commuting behaviors of residents in four southern California communities and the extent to which compact development and commuting patterns, usage of live/work facilities and other design elements reduce gasoline consumption, traffic congestion and air pollution.
Among the findings; New Urbanist residents tend to work more from home and walk, bicycle or use public transportation for trips away from home more than traditional community residents. The American family’s household living arrangements are changing.
Dr. Allison received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. Her research and teaching interests include international political economy, environmental policy, and gender and politics. Professor Allison’s research has been supported by the John Randolph Haynes Foundation, the California Energy Commission, and the National Science Foundation. Her recent publications have appeared in the National Women’s Studies Association Journal, Policy Studies Journal, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
The complete study and appendices are below.
Public Policy Lecture Series Offered April 4-May 16
April, 2011 - The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UCR and UCR Extension are again offering a Public Policy Lecture Series that explores public policy alternatives and sustainability issues from the minds of some of the most experienced and renowned practitioners in Southern California.
First offered in the fall of 2008, the “Sustainability Issues in Southern California” course will consist of six Monday evening presentations on the institutional framework and looming issues of the region, including air quality, transportation, housing, water, and public finance.
The three-hour lectures will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 4, 11, 18 and 25, and May 9 and 16. Individuals can enroll for credit for the entire lecture series (a required course in UCR Extension’s Certificate in Sustainable Development and Green Design) or attend an individual lecture for non-credit at $35 per lecture.
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 also was the founding Managing Director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UCR.
Speakers for this year’s lecture series are:
April 4 - Michael Woo, Dean, College of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona, who will present a Public Policy Overview; April 11 - Randall Lewis, Executive Vice President, Lewis Group of Companies, Upland, who will examine Housing Issues; April 18 - Henry Hogo, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer for the Mobile Source Division in the Office of Science & Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District, who will speak on Air Quality issues in the region; April 25 - Eric Garner, Partner with the Riverside-based law firm of Best Best & Krieger, who will discuss Water Issues; May 9 – Daniel Carson, Deputy Legislative Analyst, Legislative Analyst’s Office in California, who will lecture on Budget/Financing; and May 16 – Robert A. Wolf, President Emeritus, Germania Corp., Riverside, who will discuss regional Transportation Issues.
Swanson Edits Journal Issue
March, 2010 - David A. Swanson, UCR Professor of Sociology, a CSSD-affiliated faculty member and a leading U.S. demographer, co-edited a special "Business Demography" issue of the journal, Population Research and Policy Review, that published in February.
Swanson co-edited the publication with Farhat Yusuf of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Swanson also co-authored three articles in the issue: "Business Demography in the 21st Century," with Yusuf; "Forecasting the Population Census Tracts by Age and Sex: An Example of the Hamilton-Perry Method in Action," with Alan Schlottmann of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Bob Schmidt of Claremont Graduate University; and "Teaching Business Demography Using Case Studies," with Peter A. Morrison of RAND Corp.
The issue is available at www.springerlink.com/content/102983/.
Public Policy Issues and Sustainability in Southern California:
A Practitioner’s Lecture Series
December 9, 2009 - The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development and UCR Extension are again offering a Public Policy Lecture Series that explores public policy alternatives and sustainability issues from the minds of some of the most experienced and renowned practitioners in Southern California.
First offered in the fall of 2008, the new series of lectures will be held over a six-week period beginning Jan. 27, 2010. The series, which can be taken for credit or attended on an individual lecture basis for non-credit, will center on the institutional framework and looming public policy issues of the region.
The three-hour lectures will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Conference Room B of the University Extension building, 1200 University Ave., Riverside.
Individuals who enroll for all six lectures can obtain credit as part of a new certificate program in Sustainable Development and Green Design launched in fall 2008 by UCR Extension. Individuals also can attend any of the lectures on a non-credit basis for a $35-per-lecture fee. The lecture series is a required course for the Certificate in Sustainable Development and Green Design, and an elective for the Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning.
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 also was the founding Managing Director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development and established the initial conferences, speakers programs and research initiatives that launched the Center. Before joining UCR, McCue was the Business Editor and Economics columnist for The Press-Enterprise, writing extensively on issues related to growth and development in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
The lecture series will explore public policy alternatives for fostering development reform and its potential economic and environmental impacts on communities in southern California. An understanding of these issues and the way they constrain choices is critical for policy change. Issues examined include air quality, water policy, transportation, housing, regional planning and public finance.
Lecture dates, speakers and topics are as follows:
Jan. 27, 2010 – 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 – Ruthanne Taylor Berger, Deputy Executive Director, Western Riverside Council of Governments – “Financing Infrastructure Development.”
For more information or to enroll in the course or individual lectures, contact UCR Extension at 951-827-5804, or go to www.Extension.UCR.EDU.
Anil B. Deolalikar Named Center Director
September 23, 2009 - Anil B. Deolalikar, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), has been appointed Director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development.
He assumes the leadership duties at CSSD from Dr. David Swanson, UCR Professor of Sociology, who served as CSSD interim Director since January 1, 2008.
Dr. Deolalikar’s research is focused on the analysis and evaluation of public policies in the area of economic reforms, education- and health-sector reform, and sustainability. He has conducted his research in a number of countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.
Dr. Deolalikar also serves as director of the CHASS Public Policy Initiative that launched plans for establishing a School of Public Policy at UCR.
The new professional school, approved by the UC Regents in September 2008, plans to conduct research and train future policy-makers in a range of social-policy issues, including those related to population growth, environmental policy and immigration.
Vice Chancellor for Research Charles Louis, to whom the Center reports, commented, “The appointment of Dr. Deolalikar will ensure the continued success of the Center, and his experience in both international and regional arenas will be quite invaluable for the policy focus of the Center on the wide range of issues the suburbs confront.”
Dr. Deolalikar has been a Professor of Economics at UCR since 2002. He previously was a Professor of Economics and of International Studies at the University of Washington – Seattle, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University. He also has held visiting appointments at the World Bank.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Economics at Harvard University in 1977, a diploma in Economics from Cambridge University (U.K.) in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University in 1981. He also was a postdoctoral research fellow in economic demography at Yale University in 1980-81.
The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development was established in 2003 for the study all issues related to the growth and development of suburbs around the world. The Center was founded with a gift from Ali Sahabi, president of SE Corp. in Corona.
Center Receives $2.3 Million Award
September 23, 2009 - The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California, Riverside has received a $2.3 million award to work on urban, transportation and environmental planning issues affecting Southern California.
The award, from the University of California Multi-Campus Research Programs and Initiatives, is the highest received by the Center, which began operations in 2003.
The award will be used to build a virtual interactive laboratory – a “co-laboratory” – that will bring together academics from UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley, and policymakers in Southern California.
The five-year grant will begin Jan. 1, 2010. The first project under the award will be a transportation model for the Los Angeles basin, which will include the Inland region.
Three UCR faculty members – Richard Arnott, Professor of Economics; Matthew Barth, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research and Technology; and David Swanson, Professor of Sociology – will be involved in the project. Faculty from UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara also will be involved, along with Alex Anas, a Research Economist affiliated with UCR and State University of New York, Buffalo.
The award was originally for $3 million, but all awards under the program were reduced because of the UC system budget situation.