Development and Application of an Integrated Health Impacts Assessment Tool for the Sacramento Region

November 30, 2017

Federal transportation authorizations require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to identify and track key indicators of system performance (e.g. collision rates, emissions, congestion) to ensure that they are stewarding public funds wisely to meet specific goals related to safety, environmental performance, and congestion mitigation, among other areas. Research has shown that living in areas where walking and bicycling are convenient leads to greater use of those modes, which can lead to improved health outcomes due to increases in physical activity.

Building Equitable Student Transit (BEST)

May 01, 2017

Affordable, convenient, and reliable transportation is fundamentally important to school success. Although prior generations of students relied on the iconic yellow bus for school travel, ongoing budget cuts have led to service being curtailed or eliminated across California school districts. Public transit systems are likely to play an increasingly important role in school access in this environment, but little is known about how well existing systems work to get students to school and the types of student populations that are well-served.

Built Landscapes of Metropolitan Regions

October 04, 2015

The “collage city” of the postmodern metropolitan region is made up of many different types of built landscapes—neighborhood-scale patterns of streets, blocks, parcels, buildings, and infrastructure—each of which have implications for livability, sustainability, and equity. This project under the guidance of Prof. Stephen M. Wheeler has developed a global typology of 27 built landscape types and has mapped those in GIS for 24 urban regions.

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.

SACOG Equity Mapping

September 01, 2010

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.

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.