Future of Inland Cities Conference Scheduled Feb. 26

UCR, WRCOG event will address challenges, strategies for sustainability

ed mcmahon, hilari varnadore, julia parzen

Ed McMahon, Hilari Varnadore and Julia Parzen are featured speakers at a Feb. 26 conference focused on the future of cities in the Inland Empire.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Civic leaders and city officials will discuss common challenges and new strategies to help cities secure a sustainable future in a conference on Thursday, Feb. 26, that is jointly sponsored by the UC Riverside Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD) and Western Riverside Council of Governments.

“Future of Cities in Inland Southern California: A Quest for Sustainability” will be held at Riverside Convention Center, 3637 5th St., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $35 and may be made online. The deadline is Monday, Feb. 23.

The conference frames the region’s future and will examine how cities can become sustainable, said Ronald O. Loveridge, CSSD director and associate professor of political science at UCR. Conference sessions will be results-oriented rather than aspirational, according to the former longtime mayor of Riverside. How can cities go green? What tools, funding and otherwise, are available? What are the measures of success?

“Sustainability is defined by the three E’s – economy, environment, and equity,” Loveridge explained. “The reasons for sustainability are both varied yet critically important: Be a good steward, shape quality of life, and improve the economic vitality.”

Delivering the keynote address is Edward McMahon, senior fellow for sustainable development at the Urban Land Institute. His topic is “What Is a sustainable city?”

Before joining the institute in 2004, McMahon spent 14 years as the vice president and director of land use planning for the Conservation Fund in Arlington County, Virginia, where he helped protect more than 5 million acres of land of historic or natural significance. He is also the co-founder and former president of Scenic America, a national nonprofit organization devoted to protecting America’s scenic landscapes. Before that, he taught law and public policy at Georgetown University Law Center and served in the U.S. Army. He is the author or co-author of 15 books and is at work on a new report, “Active Transportation and Real Estate: New Frontiers in Development,” which will be released in May.

Also presenting are Hilari Varnadore, executive director of STAR Communities, a nonprofit that works to evaluate, improve and certify sustainable communities; and Julia Parzen, principal at JP Consulting and co-founder of Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a peer-to-peer network of local government professionals from cities across the United States and Canada dedicated to creating a healthier environment, economic prosperity, and increased social equity.

The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development is a research center in the UCR School of Public Policy.

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