2017 Transportation Equity Summit

Apr 24 to Apr 25


1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Image: 2 students attend the Transportation Equity Summit. Photo: Michael HalberstadtCalifornia has been at the forefront of the fight against climate change for years, and 2017 promises to test our leadership in unprecedented ways.  As we face real threats at the federal level to our environment and human rights, Californians will need to push harder than ever for climate and transportation justice.

Come together with advocates, experts, state leaders, students, and community groups from across California at the 2017 Transportation Equity Summit. This year’s summit will focus on connecting state transportation funding to concrete goals that both fight climate change and promote social equity. 

We know that climate change is real — and the transportation sector (with heavy reliance on the personal automobile) is a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions. We believe that everyone has the right to safe and convenient transportation options, and equitable communities make our economy and our social institutions stronger. We know that real climate solutions create opportunity and justice for the people who need them most.

We also know this: when we come together, we make incredible change happen.

REGISTER TODAY! Tickets are $125, and discounts and scholarships are available for students, nonprofits, journalists, and people with limited incomes.

Transportation Equity Summit Schedule:
1:00-6:00pm | Sacramento Convention Center
6:00-8:00pm | Sacramento Hostel

12:30-1:00 Registration (Room 202)
1:00-2:00 Opening Session:
Keynotes: Diane Takvorian, Executive Director, Environmental Health Coalition
                James Corless, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (formerly of Transportation for America)
Presentation of Transportation Equity Awards
2:15-3:30 Concurrent Breakout Sessions - See below for details
3:45-5:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions - See below for details
5:00-6:00 Closing: Transportation Equity Bill Package, Advocacy Training, and discussion of Transportation Equity Principles
6:00-8:00 Reception and Networking at the Sacramento Hostel

Breakout Sessions — Repeated so everyone can attend

Funding Transportation Through Local Ballot Measures: Lessons from communities about what works, what doesn’t work, and how to move forward with one.
Speakers: Denny Zane (Move LA), Michael Turner (LA Metro), Micah Mitrosky (IBEW in San Diego) Tamie Dramer (Organize Sacramento)
Moderator: Jessica Meaney (Investing in Place)

Statewide Advocates and Grassroots Partnership: how to ensure a two-way street of benefit and participation
Speakers: Carey Knecht (Climate Plan), Alia Phelps (ACCE), Karen Borja (Inland Congregations United for Change), Grecia Elenes (Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability)
Moderator: Jared Sanchez (CalBike)

Advocacy Day schedule:
9am-5pm on April 25, at various legislative offices in the Capitol building, more info TBA. 


Early bird price now through March 24, 2017: $100 
Full price March 25, 2017 through April 23: $125

If you are ready to take what you’ve learned at the Summit straight to your state representatives at the Capitol, stay for the optional Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 25. Advocacy Day is free, but registration is required. A training for advocacy day will be held during the closing session of Monday's summit, and there will be support and information for those who don't attend Monday but do attend Advocacy Day.

Scholarships for discount tickets are available to nonprofit employees, students, and others who may not be able to afford the full price. The deadline to apply is March 24, 2017. Email Katie Valenzuela Garcia for more information. Limited travel and lodging assistance is available. 

Great deals for overnight lodging are available at the nearby historic Sacramento Hostel. Sign up below to reserve a room or bed.


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