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Sustainability + Climate Action Plans

Capacity Building and Leadership Training

Urban Land Institute

San Diego, CA

In May 2009, Darin Dinsmore was an invited Keynote Speaker and assisted with the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use Sustainability Workshop. This event co-sponsored by ULI San Diego was a sustainability workshop for local public officials. Sustainable development policies and practices are becoming a high priority for local governments. Conserving energy, reducing carbon emissions, protecting natural resources, and balancing economic and social opportunities, while meeting constituents’ needs, require vision, leadership, and collaboration. This two-day workshop provided valuable tools and strategies for local public officials eager to learn how to leverage more sustainable development practices in their communities.

The workshop included case studies, definitions, measurements, and group exercises that focused on best practices and the most effective role that public officials can play in creating more sustainable communities while enhancing constituents’ quality of life.

Darin Dinsmore, Principal of Sustainable Community Strategies and Deanna Weber, Senior Director of EDAW AECOM were keynote speakers and Charles A. Long, Principal of Charles A. Long Properties LLC was the principal instructor at this important workshop. Attendees included elected and appointed officials, agency directors and staff, water and school district trustees, and other policy makers; and planners, developers, designers, appraisers, real estate professionals, finance specialists, and other professionals interested in seeking a deeper understanding of the complex interplay of land use decisions, economic viability, and sustainability.

“Dear Darin,
I thank you for your great contribution to San Diego and our civic dialog during your visit.  Your insightful remarks, urban enthusiasm and depth of experience brought immense value to the groups and individuals that you shared with. “

— Mary
Mary M. Lydon, Executive Director
Urban Land Institute San Diego/Tijuana



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