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Spring is here, and the Southern California Association of Governments’ Compass Blueprint program will continue to provide free monthly training events for local government planners and SCAG stakeholders.

Toolbox Tuesdays provides a range of practical skills and knowledge for local planners including training in the use of computer-based tools and education in practical approaches to timely planning issues. All classes are FREE for staff of SCAG-member local governments and other SCAG partners in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. Private sector planners, non-profit staff, academics and students are welcome to attend in Los Angeles, as long as space is available.

Toolbox Tuesdays Schedule for Spring 2011:

April 26 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programs for Residents, Businesses & City Facilities

Building construction is the second leading emitter of greenhouse gases. Programs for funding city-based energy efficiency retrofit programs have been in a state of flux due to legal proceedings. How can cities effectively counter the green house gas emissions from aging housing stock? What public and private incentive programs are available, and what does it take to facilitate and market them? Who are the many players in the field? Finally, what implications do these programs have on work force development issues in Southern California? This session will feature both energy efficiency retrofit program consultants as well as public managers who have successfully implemented these programs.

In addition, we will feature a speaker on the Energy Technology Assistance Program (ETAP) targeted specifically at municipal and county facilities. This is an opportunity for planners, city managers, and operations professionals to collaborate on bringing energy efficiency in-house, and demonstrate the benefits directly.

May 24 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

TDM Ordinances & Implementation – Getting Transportation Demand Management Working

Transportation Demand Management encompasses a wide range of innovative strategies and technologies to provide alternatives to traditional single occupant vehicle trips. However, TDM is most effective when supported by policies and regulations, which incentivize work and home based trip reductions. This session will feature a discussion regarding TDM implementation, and ordinances which pack the most “bang for the buck.” Speakers will include consultants and public agency managers with direct experience in implementing and monitoring programs, policies, and regulations. They will present their stories and highlight their experience in dealing with elected officials, the business community, and their residents.

June 28 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Health Impact Analyses " General Plan Health Elements

Agencies throughout the region have begun to incorporate health indicators and health related outcomes into many of their planning processes. Recently planners and academics have begun to establish clear linkages between the built environment, air quality and active living indicators. Planners are increasingly planning around strategies for achieving more active transportation, and programs that decrease inequity in access to healthy living.

This session will feature an overview of a training program in Health Impact Assessments, a presentation by a respected consultant who is active in developing health elements as a part of general plans, and public sector staff members who have been active in incorporating health indicators into their general plan update process. Finally, we will be joined by a representative from the County of LA’s Department of Health to talk about the county’s PLACE and RENEW programs which have facilitated improvements in health related planning.

To register: send your name, affiliation, email address and specify the location you will attend to Marco Anderson at SCAG via email or phone (213) 236-1879 or click the register online button below. All sessions are eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance credits.

All sessions at SCAG’s downtown LA office. Sessions will also be offered via live video-conference at the following SCAG regional offices:

Imperial County
1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
Rosanna Bayon Moore, Regional Affairs Officer
(760) 353-7800 Direct or

Orange County
600 S. Main Street, Suite 912, Orange, CA 92863
Matthew Horton, Regional Affairs Officer
(213) 236-1980 Direct or

Riverside County
3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
Arnold San Miguel, Regional Affairs Officer
(909) 806-3556 Direct or

San Bernardino County
1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
Arnold San Miguel, Regional Affairs Officer
(909) 806-3556 Direct or

Ventura County
950 County Square Drive, Suite 101,Ventura, CA 93003
John Procter, Regional Affairs Officer
(805) 642-2800 Direct or

You will receive an email with additional details after registering.

Future classes on other exciting topics will be announced via email and on the Compass Blueprint website.

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