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2019 Riverside Green Summit

The Riverside Green Summit is an opportunity to highlight, discuss and showcase actions towards environmental health of the Riverside community. Join us on Saturday, October 5th 2019, from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Bourns Technology Center to experience the Riverside community collaborate, educate and showcase transformative actions in Sustainable Transportation, Food & Working Landscapes, Green Buildings & Homes and Resource Conservation.

The environmental health of our community requires action! Only through sustainable efforts and ‘green’ practices can we all contribute to a better Riverside. This can be realized through education of our citizenry, provision of solid information, best practices and opportunities to make a difference. The City of Riverside and the University of California- Riverside are partnering to bring the community a fun-filled day focused on sustainability and achieving these objectives.


Full Schedule of Events and Speaker Biographies 

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  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM - Attendees Registration & Breakfast (Auditorium)

    Sign in and enjoy a continental breakfast. 

  • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome (Auditorium)
    Tracy Sato

    Tracy Sato, Emcee
    Interim Customer Engagement Manager, Public Utilities Department, City of Riverside

    Tracy Sato has over 20 years of urban planning and utility experience that encompasses sustainability, environmental programs and social equity. With Riverside Public Utilities, she has been leading the City’s efforts to develop transportation electrification and citywide sustainability initiatives, as well as providing leadership with the utility team implementing energy efficiency, water conservation, and low-income programs. Throughout her career, Tracy has led programs and participated in efforts in regional sustainability, cap and trade implementation, flood control and management, air quality improvement, and more. She is married and the proud mother of two wonderful daughters. Because of this, she strives every day to ensure that the world will be as great or better tomorrow as it is today. Tracy has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona – both with emphasis on environmental sustainability.


    Rusty Bailey

    William R. "Rusty" Bailey III, Mayor, City of Riverside 
    William R. "Rusty" Bailey III is a Riverside native who has served as Mayor of his hometown since 2012, having previously been a member of the City Council. His family came to Riverside in 1914 and has a long history of service to the community. Mayor Bailey is proud to be part of the fourth generation of Baileys working for the advancement of Riverside. Mayor Bailey was elected to the City Council in 2007, representing Ward 3, and took office on Dec 11, 2007. He was re-elected in 2011 and served in that role until he was elected Mayor in November 2012. Mayor Bailey took office on Dec 11, 2012 and was re-elected in June 2016. 

    Mayor Bailey is active in regional affairs as a member of the Western Riverside Council of Governments, and as a member of its executive committee. He also serves on the Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council 68 and on its Transportation Committee. Skilled at teamwork and consensus-building, Mayor Bailey has the understanding of public policy and the relationships at the local, state and national levels necessary to effectively address what matters most to Riversiders. He is focused on making Riverside an increasingly vibrant community while maintaining its high quality of life. A champion of responsible governance, Mayor Bailey is building on award-winning initiatives - Clean and Green, Sister Cities, business and higher education partnerships - that have made Riverside a leader in Inland Southern California. 



    Chancellor Wilcox

    Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside
    Kim A. Wilcox was appointed UC Riverside’s ninth chancellor in August 2013. During his tenure, UC Riverside has seen transformative growth across its education, research, and public service missions, as well as the establishment of new schools of medicine and public policy. Over the last four years, UCR has grown its faculty by over 200, including two Nobel Laureates, while increasing the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity among incoming faculty members. Likewise, UCR has added or renovated more than 100,000 square feet of building space on campus since 2013 with another $1 billion in capital projects underway. During Wilcox’s tenure, UC Riverside has become a national model for achieving student success, particularly across socio-economic and ethnic categories.




  • 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM - Opening Presentation - 20/20 Vision for Environmental Sustainability in Riverside (Auditorium)


    Cesunica Ivey

    Dr. Cesunica Ivey, Assistant Professor, Chemical/Environmental Engineering
    Dr. Cesunica (Sunni) Ivey is an assistant professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Riverside. She is a Cooperative Developmental Energy Program dual-degree scholar, earning a B.S. in mathematics from Fort Valley State University (2008) and a B.S. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech (2010). After a brief period of working in the oil and gas industry, she earned a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Georgia Tech in 2016.  She was a visiting researcher in NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory before joining the CEE department in 2018. Dr. Ivey's research thrusts center around developing data driven solutions to mitigate air pollution exposure disparities in the South Coast Air Basin and designing technological interventions that protect underserved populations.


  • 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM - Keynote: Through Action Comes Hope (Auditorium)
    Peter Kalmus

    Peter Kalmus, Climate Scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At work, he studies the physics of clouds and the future of coral reefs in a changing climate, and at home he explores how we can address climate change while living happier, more connected lives. He lives in Altadena, California with his wife and two children and uses about 1/10th the fossil fuels of the American average. He's an advisor for FridaysForFuture, the founder of noflyclimatesci.org, and the author of being the change: Live well and spark a climate revolution, a book about the climate crisis and his journey to a happier, lower-carbon lifestyle. He speaks on his own behalf.
    Watch Peter Kalmus Energy Saving Family Video


  • 10:00 AM - 10:15 AM - Break

    Break to the various breakout sessions of your interest.

  • 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM - Morning Session A - Emerging Sustainable Transportation Options in Southern California - (Breakout Session Room 103)
    Matthew J. Barth

    Matthew J. Barth, Session Moderator
    Director, Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT)
    Matthew Barth is the Yeager Families Professor at the College of Engineering, University of California-Riverside. He is part of the intelligent systems faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is also the Director for the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), UCR's largest multi-disciplinary research center. Dr. Barth's research focuses on applying engineering system concepts and automation technology to Transportation Systems, and in particular how it relates to energy and air quality issues. His current research interests include ITS and the Environment, Transportation/Emissions Modeling, Vehicle Activity Analysis, Advanced Navigation Techniques, Electric Vehicles Technology, and Advanced Sensing and Control. 



    Nathan Mustafa

    Nathan Mustafa, City Traffic Engineer & Mobility Planning Manager, City of Riverside  
    Nathan oversees the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program, 400 signalized intersections, their expanding fiber optic communications infrastructure, and their Connected Vehicle Testbed on the University Avenue Innovation Corridor. Nathan recently managed the launch of the Bike Riverside Electric Bicycle Share program. In 2019 Nathan’s team initiated the preparation of the City’s first Active Transportation Master Plan, Complete Streets Ordinance and Pedestrian Target Hardening Plan, and will be overseeing the updated Circulation and Community Mobility Element of the General Plan in 2020. Nathan is a licensed Civil and Traffic Professional Engineer, and is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners. Nathan's presentation subject will be on “Re-engineering your neighborhood: active transportation in Riverside." Come learn what Riverside is doing to bring safe, sustainable and active transportation options to its neighborhoods. This presentation will review how you can make your voice heard, advocate for change in your neighborhood, help assist in seeking state & federal grant funds for local projects, and be a part of the City’s Active Transportation Plan process. Plus, get a sneak peek at upcoming funded projects in Riverside neighborhoods.



    Jonathan Palacios

    Jonathan Palacios-Avila, CEO, Co-Founder, Stratosfuel
    Jonathan Palacios-Avila is the Chief Executive Officer of StratosFuel, Inc. StratosFuel, Inc. is a renewable hydrogen production company that owns and operates refueling stations, production plants, and the fuel cell car-sharing company StratosShare. Prior to co-founding StratosFuel, Jonathan Studied Chemistry and Public Administration at California State University Los Angeles, and received his bachelor's degree in 2012. While at CSULA, he learned hands on about the functionality of hydrogen stations and fuel cells. After college, Jonathan  began to work in local government. While working in Southern California Cities, he learned firsthand about permitting alternate fuel stations and infrastructure upgrades. In 2013, Jonathan and two other team members founded StratosFuel, Inc. with a purpose to create a vertically integrated renewable hydrogen infrastructure. In 2014, StratosFuel was awarded funds to build and operate a hydrogen fueling station in Southern California. Since then, Jonathan has led grant initiatives withing StratosFuel that have yielded over $7M in public funds to develop hydrogen production facilities, stations, and car share services. Jonathan has also been instrumental in raising the needed funds to further increase the proliferation of hydrogen infrastructure and transportation at StratosFuel. As CEO at StratosFuel, Jonathan leads an overall corporate strategy and assists in the development process for the company's production facility and off-take agreements. He also oversees the car-share company StratosShare, as it is a huge part of the company's strategy of offering an all-inclusive hydrogen infrastructure. 

  • 10:15 AM-11:30 AM - Morning Session B - Building Sustainable Food Systems and Effective Working Landscapes - (Breakout Session Room 100)
    Joyce Jong

    Joyce Jong, Session Moderator
    Senior Project Manager, City of Riverside, Third Generation Farmer

    In her City capacity, Joyce coordinates several food systems projects with partners to advance the development of Riverside’s regional food economy.



    David Crohn

    Dr. David Crohn, UCCE Resource Conservation Specialist Associate professor of environmental sciences, University of California, Riverside
    David's work focuses on environmental optimization, compost production and use, erosion control, and soil nitrogen management.

    Richard Zapien

    Richard Zapien, Manager - R' Garden, University of California, Riverside  
    Richard was born and raised in the California Central Valley, where at an early age he learned first-hand from his father, the many skills required to work a farm. As a young adult he utilized his knowledge of agriculture and worked in the field of agricultural research at companies such as Sensient Dehydrated Flavors and Dow Chemicals. He worked for over 10 years in the central valley, until marrying his wife in 2009 and moved to Riverside. Richard has been with UCR since 2010. As R’ Garden Manager he is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing programs involving community plots, food production for student basic needs and UCR dining. He collaborates with student interns, community members and agriculture operations staff to fulfill the mission of the garden.

  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Lunch & Expo (Expo in the parking Lot under Solar Roof)
    Francis Mitalo

    Francis Mitalo, Event Coordinator
    Sustainability Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability, UC Riverside

    Enjoy lunch and interact with as many vendors as possible to be eligible to win an electricity usage monitor or an air quality sensor.




  • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM - Afternoon Session C - Making Your Home Sustainable (Breakout Session Room 103)
    Brian Siana

    Brian Siana, Session Moderator
    Associate Professor Physics and Astronomy, Associate Faculty Director of Sustainability, University of California, Riverside
    Brian's research interests are observational constraints on the evolution of galaxies in the early universe. He is also the Associate Director of Academic Sustainability, working with the UCR Office of Sustainability to organize sustainability curriculum and research on campus. Brian's session is titled "Ranking Sustainable Actions in Our Homes"


    Ryan Mcmanus

    Ryan McManus, Senior Programs & Services Representative, Riverside Public Utilities
    Ryan McManus has been with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) for nearly 9 years and has served with the Programs and Services team for his entire tenure.  As a Sr. Programs and Services Representative, Ryan has developed and managed most of the utilities’ direct installation programs which focus on both water and energy efficiency.  Additionally, Ryan has managed several demonstration projects within the City including lighting City Hall, Cal Tower and most recently the demonstration garden located at the Janet Goeske Center.  He has earned an MBA from the University of Redlands and the Certified Energy Manager designation through the Association of Energy Engineers. Ryan’s session it titled "Zero Net Energy Retrofit Project." The presentation will describe his personal experience going through the process of retrofitting an existing home built in 1987 and transforming it into a Zero Net Energy home.  The presentation will cover the initial energy audit, the energy modeling, the selection of a contractor, the selection of products and how I am financing the project.

    Justin Scott-Coe

    Justin Scott-Coe, Assistant Manager, Monte Vista Water District  
    Justin Scott-Coe has over 16 years of experience in water resource and community affairs program management. In his current role as Assistant General Manager for the Monte Vista Water District, Mr. Scott-Coe oversees the operations of retail and wholesale water services to a population of 130,000 residents. His prior positions include Integrations Manager for Riverside Public Utilities, where he managed customer resource programs and communications, and Water Resources and Community Affairs Manager for the District, overseeing water resource planning, demand management, and public information services. From 2009-2017, Mr. Scott-Coe served on the Riverside Board of Public Utilities, including the role of Board Chair from 2013-2014. He also served on the Riverside Green Accountability Performance Committee and the Wood Streets Green Team Board of Directors, and is past member and chair of the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership Board. Mr. Scott-Coe has a Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University, an Energy Manager in Training Certificate from the Association of Energy Engineers, and a Grade 3 Water Use Efficiency Practitioner Certificate from the American Water Works Association, California-Nevada Section.

    Diana Ruiz

    Diana Ruiz, Public Affairs Manager, Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District
    Diana Ruiz has worked in natural resource management and education for 40+ years. She works as Public Affairs Manager for the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District and serves as executive director of the Inland Urban Forest Council. he currently serves on the Riverside Food Systems Alliance, Environmental Education Collaborative, and Riverside Neighborhood Partnership.

    Diana is the conceptual and interpretive designer of the LandUse Learning Center, a demonstration garden of sustainable practices in the three main land uses of SoCal: native habitats, urban areas, and agriculture. She is the creator of Fresh and Local, Riverside's local food and ag guide,the Environmental Learning Resources Guide for the inland region, and has developed a variety of educational programs. 

    Diana is accredited in Public Relations (APR), is a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) with the National Association for Interpretation, and was a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control for 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Natural Resources from the University of California, Davis. 

    Over the years, Diana has served on the Riverside Sustainability Coalition, Riverside Citizen Science board, the Riverside City-County Arroyo/Watershed committee, Rivers and Land Conservancy (RLC), Santa Ana Watershed Association (SAWA), Inlandia Institute, and the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). She was honored as Riverside's Good Neighbor of the Year in 2015. 

  • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Breakdown and visit to Culver Art Center
    Culver Art Center

    Attendees are invited to visit the Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside to experience Chris Jordan's exhibition, "Intolerable Beauty". This stunning visual journey explores the consequences of mass consumption and global plastics pollution in the ocean and on Earth. Intolerable Beauty draws from five bodies of photographic and video works spanning 2003 to current works-in-progress: Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption (2003 - 2005); Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009 - Current); Camel Gastrolith (2016); Albatross (2017); and work in progress (2019). 

    All attendees will receive a free entrance coupon. The Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts is located at 3834 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501. Free parking is available at Mission Square Garage - 3750 9th Street. The Mission Square Garage is located at the corner of 9th and Market Streets in Downtown Riverside.  The Parking Structure entrance and exit is on 9th Street. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY IN THE PARKING GARAGE. For those not driving, transportation may be provided by the UCR-CE-CERT electric trolley.

  • 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM - Afternoon Session D - Be a Zero Waste Hero at Home! DIY information for families (Breakout Session Room 100)
    Olivia Sanchez

    Olivia Sanchez - Session Moderator
    Recycling & Solid Waste programs - Administrative Analyst
    City of Riverside

    Olivia Sanchez launched her career in the solid waste and recycling field in 1999, working in both the public and private sector. She had a tremendous opportunity to learn grant management and program implementation in the areas of household hazardous waste, solid waste and recycling program planning/implementation, waste/recycling analysis, school gardening education, composting, marketing, environmental outreach, and education. As her career progressed, she retained those skills and grew them to include franchise contract compliance, green building education, construction/ demolition programs, landfill diversion programs, food rescue programs, and legislative compliance.


    Jessica Hutchens

    Jessica Hutchens, Lifestyle-Mommy Blogger
    Jessica Hutchens is also known as, “The Vegan Yoni.”  She is a lifestyle-mommy blogger who specializes in guiding people & families on how to achieve: living green, homeschooling, along with how to become your own greatness version through living a more peaceful and intuitive lifestyle. Jessica can't wait to meet all the session attendees to share some of her favorite “Zero Waste” DIY projects. Her family has been on a Green Living journey for almost 3 years and Green Living/Zero Waste is something Jessica is extremely passionate about. This style of living makes a huge positive impact on our environment, it’s inexpensive, and anyone can do it! Join her for live demonstrations & fun!

    Janet Moreland

    Janet Moreland, Recycling Specialist, Master Composter & Personal Gardener
    Janet has been a Recycling Specialist for the Riverside County Department of Waste Resources for 21 years. She is a Master Composter and avid personal gardener. In 2016, she developed the Green Cleaning program with one of the Department’s Outreach Volunteers and she has been leading the Department’s Green Cleaning efforts ever since. Janet's session will be on "Green Cleaning" Make your home safer by learning how to make your own environmentally safe cleaning supplies. No toxic ingredients mean no worries for your kids or pets. Plus, no hazardous waste to dispose of separately from your regular waste. Most of the supplies can be made from ingredients most people already have in their homes, so it’ safe and can save you money too!

  • 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM - Break and Awarding Scavenger Hunt Winners

    Head back to the auditorium for awarding of scavenger hunt winners and closing keynote.

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chris Jordan - Keynote (Auditorium)
    Chris Jordan

    Chris Jordan, Artist & Photographer
    Chris Jordan is an internationally-acclaimed photographic artist. His work explores contemporary mass culture from unique photographic and conceptual perspectives. Jordan’s work edge-walks the line between beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, challenging us to look at the landscape of our collective actions.  A first-time director, Jordan recently released the documentary feature film ALBATROSSa meditation on ocean plastic pollution’s devastating effect on the Laysan albatross colony on remote Midway atoll in the Pacific Ocean.  His work reaches an international audience through publications, interviews and exhibitions.
    Watch Chris Jordan Turning Powerful Stats Into Art Ted Talk




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