Green Streets for Sustainable Communities

Honoring the vision and work of the late Dr. Joseph Kott

Update: This event has been rescheduled to 3 on-line sessions, all from 9 am – 12 noon with optional networking at 8:30 am

Day 1 – Vision and Economics (Thursday, September 10, 2020)

Day 2 – Case Studies (Friday, September 25, 2020)

Day 3 – Funding Strategies (Thursday, October 8, 2020)

Green streets provide a “roadmap” to our community, ecosystem, and economic future. It’s time to apply holistic, creative design eyes to our street system, our most important public assets and land, right under our feet in the middle of our cities. Public streets and their right of way convey and distribute to each home and destination:

● people in cars, transit, bikes, scooters and shoes
● goods and emergency services via truck and other vehicles
● energy and data: electricity, gas, fiber optics
● water – wastewater, stormwater, drinking water
● soil, tree canopy, nature-based infrastructure

This Green Streets Symposium is for a mix of city council members and other local elected officials, city staff leaders, stormwater experts, complete street/transportation experts, citizen and environmental activists, public and private utilities, arborists and tree experts, ground water and urban ecology experts; and sustainability and real estate leaders for companies and other institutions.

Organizer: Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities or TCSC (

Sponsoring Organizations Include: City of Mountain View, City of Palo Alto, Valley Water, Google, Valley Water and SCVURPPP, County of Santa Clara

Vision: Urban areas of the Bay Area are fully integrated into a “no net impact” system with the larger natural environment. This includes an integrated water system that follows the call to “slow it, spread it, sink it” and brings together the planning for storm water drainage, drought concerns, and flood prevention. No net climate change emissions means we reduce single occupancy vehicle use and promote walking, biking, transit or other shared low- or zero emission vehicles. Human-caused emissions are offset by a rich canopy of trees, grasslands, and chaparral in our open spaces surrounding the urban area and integrated throughout our urban areas – gardens but also greening our infrastructure especially our street grids. Air flows are slowed and softened by trees canopies, our soil systems are protected by and enriched with natural compost.

Desired Outcomes: Participants will (a) learn from experts and peers, (b) be empowered by a community of peers and citizens who support this vision, (c) bring this vision and set of practices to standard policies and design guidelines for their cities and organizations and, of course (d) this will lead to change “on the ground” through both plans, specifications and implementation.

Audience: Bay Area community of policy leaders (city council, county, water district etc.), technical experts (staff, consultants, agency folk), neighborhood and environmental advocates (non-profits, neighborhood associations) 100-150 participants


Day 1
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Green Streets for Sustainable Communities : Sustainable Water, Transportation, Ecology and Human Habitat
Day 2
Friday, September 25, 2020
Where the (Green) Rubber Hits the Road: Case Studies
Day 3
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Funding Strategies

Day 1 Thursday, September 10, 2020

Green Streets for Sustainable Communities : Sustainable Water, Sustainable Transportation, Ecology and Human Habitat

8:40 – 9:00 am
Informal Networking/Breakout Rooms
(Bring Your Own Coffee)
9:00 am
Introduction and Honoring Dr. Joseph Kott
~ Yoriko Kishimoto, Former Mayor of Palo Alto,
President, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities
9:10 amOhlone Welcome
~ Kanyon “Coyote Woman” Sayers-Roods
9:20 amKeynote Speaker
Re-imagining Streets During Pandemic Response and Recovery
~ Zabe Bent, Director of Design, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
9:40 – 9:50 amQ&A
9:50 – 11:50 amFrom Vision to Policy to Practice: Transforming our public street networks to integrate multiple purposes
Moderator: Gita Dev, Sierra Club, Co-chair, Sustainable Land Use Committee  and Green Corridors/Linkages Project
Vision of Green Streets for Sustainable Communities and translation into Practice and Policy
~ Robin Grossinger Scientist and Co-Director of Resilient Landscapes program, San Francisco Estuary Institute

Sustainable Human Habitat: Designing Streets for People
~ Honorable Alison Hicks, Mountain View City Council Member

Social Justice and Community Engagement for Sustainable Streets: Oakland Story
~ Marquita “Keta” Price, East Oakland Collective


Sustainable Ecology: how urban greening efforts can contribute to regional biodiversity and ecological resilience
Erica Spotswood, Ph.D., SFEI Applied Ecologist

Sustainable Water:  Green Infrastructure planning
Jill Bicknell, Managing Engineer and Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP)

Sustainable Transportation
Jessica Zenk, Deputy Director, Transportation Planning & Project Delivery for the City of San Jose

Bringing it together:  Complete, Green, Sustainable Slow Streets
Gita Dev, Sierra Club, Co-chair, Sustainable Land Use Committee  and Green Corridors/Linkages Project

Panel Discussion and Q&A
11:50 – 12:00Wrap Up and Next Steps
~ Yoriko Kishimoto

Day 2 Friday, September 25, 2020

Putting the Vision into Practice: Overcoming Obstacles and Bridging Boundaries 
Implementation Case Studies

8:40 – 9:00 amInformal Networking/Breakout Rooms
(Bring Your Own Coffee)
9:00 amIntroduction. Review Three Part Series
~ Yoriko Kishimoto
9:10 – 9:30 amKeynote Speaker
Post COVID Open Streets-Slow Streets: Locally and Around the World
~ John Bela, Partner, Gehl San Francisco
Public Space Designer, Urbanist, Sculptor
9:30 – 9:40 amQ&A
9:40 – 11:30 amImplementation: Working Together to Bring the Vision to Fruition

Moderator: Marianna Grossman, Minerva Ventures and
Vice President,
Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities

Responding to Covid with Streets that Support Health and Equity, Implementation with Bike Plan, Paving Plan, Slow Streets, Parklets (TBD)

Palo Alto:
Improving collaboration and community engagement
~ Holly Boyd and Sylvia Star-Lack, City of Palo Alto

San Jose:
Multi-benefit Green Street Projects: optimizing solutions
for community needs and cost effectiveness
~ Jeff Sinclair, City of San Jose
Visionary Green Streets Master Plans

San Mateo Sustainable Streets Master Plan:
Prioritization of projects, community outreach, climate modeling, project concepts and illustrations,
~ Matt Fabry, Manager,
San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (C/CAG)

Stanford University:
Holistic campus management supporting integrated design
for traffic calming, stormwater management, bicycle and pedestrian safety
~ Cathy Deino Blake, Chief Landscape Architect

Mountain View North Bayshore Specific Plan:
A new paradigm for a whole area, using a Specific Plan,
green complete streets, incentives for ecology improvements, storm water, Transportation Management Association
~ Josh Mello, District Transportation Lead for Mountain View Google
Martin Alkire, Principal Planner, City of Mountain View (invited)
11:30 – 11:50 amPanel Discussion and Q&A
11:50 – 12:00Next Steps and Closing Remarks
~ Yoriko Kishimoto

Day 3 Thursday, October 8, 2020

Where the (Green) Rubber Hits the Road: Funding Sustainable Green Streets

8:40 – 9:00 amInformal Networking/Breakout Rooms
(Bring Your Own Coffee)
9:00 amWelcome and Summary of First and Second Sessions
~ Marianna  Grossman
9:10 – 10:15 amHow to Pay for It. Part One

Investing for Sustainability: Funders’ View
Moderator: Josh Bradt, San Francisco Estuary Partnership

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

One Bay Area Grants Program

California Transportation Commission

Speakers TBD
10:20 – 11:25 amHow to Pay for It, Part Two

Investing for Sustainability : Applicants Point of View
Moderator: Matt Fabry, C/CAG

Mountain View:
Pulling funding sources together for multi benefit projects, seeking local funding

San Mateo County Transportation Authority or
Valley Transportation Authority
to talk about local funding

San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority,
Caltrans and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) funding for roadways, bridge structures, trails, flood control/sea level rise funding
11:25 – 11:50 amPanel Discussion and Q&A
11:50 – 12:00Closing Remarks and Next Steps
~ Yoriko Kishimoto and Organizing Committee


Sierra Club Loma Prieta ChapterValley Water

Supporting Organizations

ActerraCanopyCounty of San MateoCCAG
County of Santa ClaraFriends of CalTrainGrass Roots EcologyGreen Belt Allaince
Joint Venture Silicon Valley NetworkMinerva VenturesSanta Clara UniversitySilicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
SF Bay Estuary InstituteSustainable Silicon ValleySustainable StanfordSan Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority
County of San MateoCool Block Santa Clara Co.CaltrainBillanecenter
SamTransProspect Silicon ValleyPalo Alto TMASafe Routes Partnership