100% Renewable San Diego: The San Diego Forward Plan: Does it go Far Enough?


Wed, 07/08/2015 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm


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 100% Renewable San Diego:
"San Diego Forward Plan:
Does it go Far Enough?"
 A response from transit advocates
Date: Wednesday July 8, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Free Event For Members - $10 Non Members

Event Summary:


San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, is a long term strategic plan developed by SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) that analyses the region's development and "proposes a blueprint for a sustainable future for the San Diego region as well as a specific approach to help make that vision a reality." Specifically, 'San Diego Forward' lays out a plan until 2050 for infrastructure and transportation developments in the region, including road, rail systems, bus services and a bike plan.  SANDAGs initial plan was thwarted by the courts in 2014 after a number of organizations challenged it based on its lack of consideration of the environment. In this upcoming event, we will look into whether the new plan reaches far enough to making a San Diego a sustainable city.


Nicole Capretz, leader of the San Diego Climate action campaign, will provide her input specifically also in view of the biking, walking and transit goals set out in the San Diego climate action plan. We will hear from Jana Clark, from the Cleveland National Forest, one of the organizations that challenged the initial plan, on whether the improvements to the plan have gone far enough.  We will also hear from the executive director of BikeSD, a regional grassroots organization focused on advancing San Diego as 'a world-class bicycling city and create a more livable urban community by promoting everyday riding and advocating for bicycling infrastructure.'  


Speaker Detail: 


Nicole Capretz 

Executive Director  

Climate Action Campaign


Nicole is an environmental attorney with over 15 years of experience working as a legal and policy advisor for local government and the nonprofit sector in San Diego. Nicole Capretz was one of the primary authors of the draft Climate Action Plan, and served as the Chair of the City's Economic and Environmental Sustainability Task Force for three years while she was the Associate Director for Green Energy/Green Jobs at Environmental Health Coalition. She has served on a number of local nonprofit Boards including Progressive San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper and the City Heights Community Development Corporation.


As Climate Action Campaign's Executive Director, Nicole's duties include overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization's staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.


Jana Clark  
Board of Directors  
Cleveland National Forest Foundation 

Jana Clark has been a board member of CNFF since 2008 following her college internship and two years spent serving as an environmental advocate for CNFF's sister organization Save our Forest and Ranchlands (SOFAR). Today she continues her work in environmental policy as spokesperson and advocate for the the Cleveland National Forest Foundation. Jana is also an Instructor of Environmental Studies at De Anza College. She holds a Masters in International Environmental Policy with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a BA from San Diego State University in International Security and Conflict Resolution with an emphasis in Environmental Security.  


Samantha Ollinger
Executive Director
Bike San Diego

Samantha Ollinger is an accountant by trade and graduate of Temple University. She has a vision to transform San Diego into a world-class bicycle friendly city. She and two friends originally created BikeSD.org to change the conversation about bicycling in San Diego. She now has formalized the site into a non-profit organization that will push San Diego in reaching its potential as a world-class bicycle friendly city.

Wednesday July 8, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
World Resources Simulation Center 
1088 Third Ave San Diego, CA  92101
Free Parking: Horton Plaza has 3 hour free parking with validation. If possible we suggest you use the Trolley. Civic Center stop 

Free Event for Members 

$10 Non Members





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