OAKLAND, Calif., March 17, 2014 – Partnering for Resiliency and Sustainability: The Bay Area Resilient/Sustainable City Conference Symposium is a special two-day gathering, starting at 9A.M., Friday, April 25th, 2014. It will be held on the Laney College campus, in Oakland, California, as part of the Peralta Community College District’s Earth Week 2014 celebrations. Featured speakers and guests include experts in regional sustainability, city planning, and urban systems resilience joining the Hon. Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, Hon. Mayor Marie Gilmore of Alameda, and the Hon. (Former)-Mayor Mark Green and past president of the Association of Bay Area Governments. This is a free, symposium, but participants are must register in advance. Activities will include panel presentations, breakout sessions, project tours, and networking receptions.
The Symposium dovetails with recent announcement that the Rockefeller Foundation selected three of our Bay Area Cities, Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley, as inaugural cities in the Rockefeller Foundation Resilient City Network (http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/pressrelease/oak044406.pdf ). The goal of the Rockefeller Foundation is to help municipalities put plans in place to accelerate recovery from catastrophic events. The Peralta Colleges are in the discussion because the colleges are located in these three Cities. The City of Oakland is home to Laney and Merritt Colleges. The City of Alameda is home to the College of Alameda, and the City of Berkeley is home to Berkeley City College. The 2014 Symposium is a perfect opportunity to critically discuss how resiliency preparations and sustainable investments catalyze education and green career pathways in the Bay Area.
On Friday April 25th, the Symposium will open with a special keynote address. It will be followed by the Mayor’s Panel, which includes a question and answer portion for attendees to make inquiries and offer insights. The afternoon breakout sessions will address resiliency and sustainability work, insights, and case studies from representative Bay Area policy-makers, planners, researchers, and industry professionals. These professionals are involved in cutting edge initiatives such as community greening, pre-disaster-planning, and ecological water treatment systems.
On Saturday April 26th there will be a guided tour of high-profile, sustainable projects and sites in Oakland’s Lake Merritt District. Areas of interest include the new Lakeside Park; the opening and restoration Lake Merritt Channel waterway; the upcoming Brooklyn Basin 3,000-unit, mixed-use, infill project; solar industries/local food businesses in Jack London Square; plans for the Lake Merritt Transit Oriented Develop; and, lastly, plans for the BEST Center for green jobs training at Laney College.
Sponsorships and donation for the Earth Week events, including the Symposium will also benefit the Peralta Foundation with student scholarships.
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Schedule: Friday April 25th: Resilient/Sustainable City Symposium from 9:00am – 5:00pm, Laney College Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center (on the shores of the beautiful Lake Merritt Estuary Channel).
Catered lunch from the Laney College Bistro Café Culinary School: $10. A sponsored reception will follow the Symposium.
Saturday April 26th: Sustainable Project Development Guided Tour (pre-register, $35 cost)
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