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CRC and UC Davis Superfund Program

October 30, 2013

The Center for Regional Change is working with the UC Davis Superfund Program and community partners to learn about community concerns about agricultural use of biosolids in Kern County, CA and apply SRP-technologies and expertise to address these community driven questions.

Collaborating on a pilot project, the UC Davis Superfund Research Program (SRP) and the UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) aim to:

Examining California's Vote-By-Mail Ballots

October 01, 2013

In October 2013, the California Civic Engagement Project (CCEP), in partnership with the Future of California Elections (FOCE), launched a research study examining California’s vote-by-mail ballots. This groundbreaking research is the first to provide a comprehensive analysis of the make-up of California’s unsuccessful vote-by-mail voters, as well as a wider examination of the composition of California’s 2012 vote-by-mail voters (beyond only unsuccessful voters). This research also identifies changes in the demographic composition of these voters during the last decade.

SB 375

September 30, 2013

The Center for Regional Change is providing technical assistance and capacity-building for environmental justice, health and social equity advocates in the San Joaquin Valley to enhance their impacts on the region's Sustainable Community Strategies. The CRC has developed several data tools for use by advocates, including analyses of Jobs/Housing Fit, regional opportunity and vulnerability, cumulative environmental vulnerability, and modeling of transportation and housing equity.

CEVA-Eastern Coachella Valley

June 10, 2013

The Center for Regional Change and the California Institute of Rural Studies have partnered with the Eastern Coachella Valley Building Healthy Communities (ECV-BHC) to advance environmental justice-related policy and systems change priorities in the Eastern Coachella Valley. The goals are to increase the capacity of the ECV-BHC partners to access relevant, accurate and timely sources of data and to increase utilization of this data for advocacy, organization and education. The project is funded by The California Endowment.

Healthy Youth / Healthy Environments

May 13, 2013

Healthy Youth / Healthy Environments (HY/HE) is a new trans-disciplinary initiative to help promote stronger, more equitable youth opportunities and well-being outcomes.


Art of Regional Change

January 01, 2013

The The Art of Regional Change brings together scholars, students, artists, and community groups to collaborate on media arts projects that strengthen communities, generate engaged scholarship and inform regional decision-making. Recent projects include Restore/Restory, Passion for the Land and Youth Voices for Change and Up from the Understory.

Art of Regional Change website.

Up from the Understory: The Art of Regional Change
Creating Community by Sharing Stories of Renewal

SACOG Equity Mapping

November 24, 2011
SACOG Equity Mapping 

In fall of 2010, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and its partners received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for regional planning to accelerate transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Sacramento region. The Center for Regional Change (was primarily responsible for developing mechanisms for analyzing the social equity considerations in prioritizing transit-oriented development projects, and for promoting these considerations as a central part of the TPA selection process.

Sacramento Diasporas Project

January 01, 2011
Sacramento Diasporas Project

In 2005, one-fifth of the U.S. foreign born population, or more than 7 million individuals, lived in sprawling metropolitan areas that can be described as America’s “twenty-first century gateways.” The increasing diversity of metropolitan regions raises a number of issues concerning (im)migration and the relations between different Diaspora communities when these groups have their own cultural traditions and beliefs.

Michael Rios, Project Director
Faculty Website

Environmental Justice and Regional Change in the Central Valley

June 02, 2009

Environmental Justice and Regional Change in the Central Valley is an interdisciplinary study of the social equity impacts of regionalism in environmental governance.

We systematically examine how racial minority, low-income, and immigrant communities fare in the rescaling of decision-making about regional land use, transportation, housing, and water management.