Transportation Coalition for Livable Communities
The Transportation Coalition for Livable Communities (comprised of the California Alliance for Jobs, California Transit Association, NRDC, EDF, CALCOG, the League of California Cities, State Association of Counties, and others) explored ways to invest California’s Cap-and-Trade program revenue to address both the greenhouse gas reduction goals of AB 32 and critical transportation system maintenance and operation needs that builds on the framework of SB 375 and other GHG reduction strategies. As Policy Director of the Coalition, Lauren Michele applied technical research to the development of an innovative program concept for California – identifying key political players for collaboration, implementation concerns, and co-benefits from investments in integrated transportation and land use infrastructure and operations. Policy in Motion orchestrated this multi-year legislative and budget effort to increase transportation funding in California and created/managed a large statewide political coalition ranging from environmental to labor organizations and government agencies.
UrbanFootprint for GHG Analysis
A key to evaluating integrated infrastructure and land use proposals based on their greenhouse gas reduction potential is modeling. UrbanFootprint is a powerful and flexible land use and transportation planning, modeling, and data organization framework designed to facilitate more informed scenario-based planning and analysis by practitioners, public agencies, and other stakeholders. Many state, regional, and local agencies are all currently using and interested in further developing UrbanFootprint as a tool to assess GHG reduction as well as energy, water, public health, fiscal impacts, and conservation of agriculture and habitat benefits from investing in combinations of land use and transportation strategies. Policy in Motion was responsible for meeting organization and facilitation, inter-agency coordination, strategic communication, and outreach to technical advisors and stakeholders on the applications of UrbanFootprint.
Downtown Davis & University Innovation District Plan Grant Application
The City of Davis, in partnership with the County of Yolo and UC Davis, sponsored a $1,000,000 Strategic Growth Council Proposition 84 Planning Grant to fund both the design of an unprecedented, joint-planning collaboration process and preparation of the Downtown/University Innovation District Plan for the 118 acres connecting downtown Davis, the University central campus, and a severely economically disadvantaged community. Policy in Motion developed the grant application to reflect a strong understanding of policy relevance to SB 375 and AB 32 goals and objectives. Lauren Michele coordinated expertise and commitment from nearly two dozen collaborators, including multiple UC Davis research centers, partnering air and transit districts, and other local and regional agencies – as well as legislative and local leaders, community and non-governmental organizations, and business associations. The grant was awarded in 2014 by the Council.
Multi-State Legislative Comparison of Smart Growth Barriers
Analysis of the transportation planning process into an understandable framework to facilitate the integration of GHG planning effectively into the transportation planning process and provide the needed technical assistance to MPOs and state DOTs. Policy in Motion conducted research to identify the technical assistance and capacity building resources currently available to assist states, regional and local governments with GHG reduction planning, implementation, and measurement. The firm provided technical and policy research analysis, strategic communications/interviews, and deliverable development assistance.
Digesting local and regional implications on transportation and land use planning from the state and federal legislation and policy developments
Lauren is a sharp analyst who has a good command of the big policy picture and a nuanced understanding of key technical and political issues. Her work for the Center for Clean Air Policy was extremely valuable in conducting our analysis of and providing recommendations on federal, state, MPO and local policy efforts for improving accessibility and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Steve Winkelman, Director of Transportation & Adaptation Programs, Center for Clean Air Policy
Collaborating with various stakeholders and building strategic relationships to foster effective policy making at state and federal levels
Lauren has an exceptional ability to connect with others as part of teams and networks, and willingly takes on a leadership role in those efforts
Larry Greene, Air Pollution Control Officer/Executive Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District
Guiding policy/decision makers at all levels of government in assessing the implications of policy or planning alternatives
Lauren has a great understanding of land use and transportation planning and the strategies and policies that local and regional governments can pursue to improve mobility while improving their local economy and the environment. In a time when we are facing a multitude of challenges relating to energy security, climate change, and congestion, Lauren brings fresh thinking and an eye toward solutions.