November 5, 2013

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We’re just days away from TransForm 2018: Innovation and Opportunity for All on November 14 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in San Francisco – and we want you to be there.  
 
There will be great people, food and drink and a chance to be the first to hear about TransForm’s new initiatives as we launch our next phase of work through 2018, with an intense focus on making great communities that combine both climate protection and a clear impact on equity.
 
One of the legislature’s most forceful voices for the environment and working people, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, will kick off a toast.  And we’ll showcase some fantastic silent auction items; think a ski chalet in Park City, a bike from Public Bikes and “Sideline Club” tickets to a Warriors game, as starters. 
 
We hope you’ll be a part of this inspiring evening. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event and our sponsors, please click here. 

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State round-up 2013: AB 1290 vetoed, Active Transportation Program approved

With several flourishes of the Governor’s pen, the 2013 legislative season came to a close last month with mixed results for transportation.  Biking and walking got a serious boost from the passage of AB 1371, the three-foot passing law, and the approval of a new Active Transportation Program to fund bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs statewide.
 
On the flip side, AB 1290, which would have better integrated state sustainability and climate goals into the California Transportation Commission, was vetoed.  And several other good proposals were held back for consideration next year.
 
Read about the good, the bad, the weird, and the “as-yet-to-be-decided” on our blog here.

78 mpg won’t be enough to meet 2050 climate pollution reduction targets

While California is on track to hit our greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for 2020 and 2030, we’re going to have to up the ante to achieve our 2050 reduction goal.
 
A new report released yesterday modeled and analyzed three different future scenarios, none of which were able to hit the stringent target set for the year 2050 – even if the average fuel economy were 78 miles per gallon for all passenger vehicles and 51% of the state’s energy came from renewable sources.  That’s why it’s so critical that TransForm succeeds in our regional and state efforts to create great, affordable communities where Californians can drive less and save money, while also curbing climate pollution.
 
Download the full report here.

Save the date: the Silicon Valley Transportation Summit returns February 22

Remember how amazing the first-ever Silicon Valley Transportation Summit was? TransForm and our allies united over 200 advocates and experts to move forward with an agenda to create great transportation choices and healthy communities in the South Bay.
 
We’re thrilled to announce that the 2014 Silicon Valley Transportation Summit will be on Saturday, February 22.  Please save the date and check our events page for details about registration coming soon.  And in the meantime you can get excited by watching the plenary and many of the sessions from the 2013 Summit on our YouTube channel here.

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s TransForm, a 2013 Green Building Super Hero!

We may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but our work to create equitable and sustainable communities sometimes requires a cape.  Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter presented TransForm with the 2013 Green Building Super Hero award for Outstanding Community Organization.
 
We’re so grateful for the honor, and for the chance to stand beside Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, environmental health scholar Arlene Blum and other recipients on the super hero stage.  Can you guess the secret identities of our on-staff super heroes, TransFormer and GreenTripper?  Take a look at these great photos from the awards ceremony here.

Rail~volutionaries talk free transit passes, Bus Rapid Transit and more with TransForm

A cadre of TransFormers shipped off to Seattle last month to share our work as part of Rail~volution, the largest national conference focused on making great public transportation and transit-oriented development.
 
TransForm's session on the nuts and bolts of getting free transit passes into people’s hands fostered a great discussion with transit agencies around the country, including LA, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Portland and Denver.  We shared our GreenTRIP Connect Initiative, learned which metro areas are offering bulk pass programs for residential developments and connected those who were interested in setting up new programs with experienced agencies already offering similar programs.
 
Read descriptions of this and other sessions and take a look at our photos from Rail~Volution here.

Thanks to our Walk & Roll Day volunteers for another Safe Routes success

Traffic near Alameda County schools took a noticeable drop on October 9 with nearly 80% of students motivated to walk, bike, bus or carpool to class! From Albany to Livermore, our amazing Safe Routes to Schools team hosted International Walk and Roll to School Day events including song, dance, bike blender smoothies, and other activities to celebrate healthy, sustainable ways to get to school.
 
Thanks to the dozens of volunteers who helped staff events at over 100 schools throughout the county – we can’t make International Walk and Roll to School day great without you!  And if you want hope for the future, watch this short video from Rosa Parks elementary school, complete with kids strumming bike music.

Two new job opportunities with our Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools team

Do you love walking, biking, and giving parents and kids the tools to create a healthier, more sustainable future for their communities?  We're currently looking for two new members for the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools team: a Safe Routes to Schools Site Coordinator and a Safe Routes to Schools High School & K-8 Coordinator. Use your professional skills to increase active and shared transportation at Alameda County schools – and join a fun program that makes a difference for us all.
 
Check out these and other employment opportunities on our jobs page here.

Upcoming events: Volunteer this Thursday to help us stuff, seal, and stamp for a better 2014

Below is a sampling of upcoming events from November into the new year.  Visit TransForm’s events webpage frequently for details on transportation-related events in the Bay Area and beyond.
 

TransForm Mailing Party
Thursday, November 7 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Oakland


We’ve got an important mailing to send out that’s critical to sowing the seeds of success for TransForm in the new year.  Can you help us get these letters ready to go?  Stop by our Oakland office for a couple hours or more this Thursday, November 7 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. to stuff, stamp, chat, and munch on free food. 

Please RSVP to Anjali if you can help – and feel free to bring friends!

Transportation Camp West 2013
Saturday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m. in Berkeley


TransportationCamp is an "unconference" that brings together thinkers and doers in the fields of transportation and technology for learning, debating, connecting, and creating. The agenda is set and facilitated by the participants - you!

Click here for details and RSVP information.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
February 13-15, 2014 in Denver - ** Early bird registration until November 24**

The 2014 New Partners Conference is going mile-high – to Denver.  Including a special half-day workshop on Equitable Development: Smarter Growth through Environmental Justice and 14 dynamic local model tours, it’s sure to be great.  

Learn more and get in on the early bird registration rate at newpartners.org.