The CPP Climate Action Community invites you to join us for a virtual Earth Day forum with special guests including CPP faculty and invited leaders who are working on climate change issues across Southern California.
The panel will explore questions like: What does it mean to create a shared vision for a post Covid-19 world, in regard to climate change? What parts of our world do we want to restart, what do we want to leave behind, and what do we want to dream into being, moving forward? What leverage points have come to the forefront in this moment to bring about climate justice in a post Covid-19 world?
Event: Earth Day 2020 with CPP Climate Action Community
Date: Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020 | 02-3 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://cpp.zoom.us/j/99408063635
Confirmed panelists include:
Nicole is a lecturer in the Urban Planning department at Cal Poly Pomona, where she teaches on topics related to climate action planning and urbanism. She is a licensed architect with over fifteen years of design experience in the U.S. and Europe and holds an M.Arch. from Yale University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, where her research focuses on how the politics of climate resilience shape urban environmental transformations.
Felicia Williams has a background in finance and public policy, with experience in economic development, energy, and environment. She is the President and Owner of FWD Consulting LLC which provides economic development, urban planning, and sustainability consulting services to local cities. Her prior professional experience has been in investment banking and electric utilities. Felicia has served as a Commissioner in the City of Pasadena since 2006 and is currently on the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. Her previous appointments include the Boards of the Pasadena Center and Rose Bowl Operating Companies, the Environmental Advisory Commission, and the Transportation Advisory Commission. Felicia received her M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, her M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA, and her B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. In her free time Ms. Williams enjoys hiking, biking, home improvement, and tending to her xeriscaped garden.
Claire Latane (Climate Action Community Faculty Advisor)
Claire is a writer, ecological designer, and community advocate. She works on climate-appropriate design, design for mental health and well-being, and promoting equitable access to humane urban environments and nature. In 2017, the Landscape Architecture Foundation selected Claire as one of the inaugural Fellows for Innovation and Leadership to explore high school design that supports students' mental health, well-being, and safety. She is writing a book on designing K-12 schools to support mental health and well-being for Island Press, due out in 2020 or 2021.
Kyle Brown (co-author of the Cal Poly Pomona Climate Action Plan)
Dr. Brown is a Professor of Landscape Architecture. He has previously served as Director of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies and Interim Dean for the College of Environmental Design. He currently teaches in both the MLA and BSLA program. He is actively engaged in research focused on participatory action to support regenerative communities. He serves as Chair of the Planning Commission in the City of Pomona, and is active in a local environmental action group, Clean & Green Pomona. He received a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Landscape Architecture and Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts.
Arthur Levine (Project Director and Board Member at Huerta del Valle)
Arthur Levine has been working in urban and community agriculture since 2008. As a student in New York City he built a strong knowledge of community gardening and the necessary organizing required to not only start them, but maintain them. From 2008-2011 Levine organized summer youth service learning trips to New Orleans to educate young people about the systemic racial and environmental justice challenges from the events of hurricane Katrina and the recovery/revitalization process. Levine studied at Pitzer College and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Neuroscience. While at Pitzer he collaborated with Maria Alonso and the City of Ontario to launch Huerta del Valle. Arthur's work at HdV has resulted in a large urban composting operation, the development of a working urban farm, the development of several community gardens, and educational programming at the farm.