SANDAG Regional Plan: Call for Participants


SANDAG is developing San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan, which will provide a 30 year vision for our region. The 2019 Regional Plan will provide a comprehensive path forward for the future of our region, forecasting various components such as population, where people will live, and where they will work. The plan will consider land use, transportation, open space, technology, and greenhouse gas reduction strategies to craft the overarching vision for the future. Using community input gathered in spring 2018, SANDAG identified several priorities that were used to develop three transportation network concepts.

There are several opportunities to review the concepts and share your input. We hope that you can share the interactive online survey with your students by October 31. Participants can select their areas of priority, see how each concept performs, and provide input that will be used to develop draft transportation network scenarios, which will be released for another round of public review and comment later this winter.

Please also consider attending the open house hosted by SANDAG on October 16 from 4-7 p.m. at San Diego City College or participating in one of five local community conversations. To learn more about the 2019 Regional Plan or to get involved, visit and sign up to receive updates.


Friends of San Diego Architecture Event

Can Bilsel, Prof. of Architecture, and Juliana Maxim, Director of the Architecture Program at University of San Diego, will be talking to Friends of San Diego Architecture about the genesis of their upcoming book, Architecture and the Housing Question, on October 20th.  It will be held at NewSchool of Architecture & Design, 1249 F Street, 9:30 AM. The book examines the mechanisms whereby architecture has come to frame the question of housing in its social and political implications and will include case studies from many countries.

Come early for coffee. The lecture is $5, but free for students. No reservations are necessary.  Use the Park Ave. door to enter. For more information, visit our website at


In order to help with creating UCSD’s first sustainable building policy, different departments – from Campus Planning to Facilities Management to Real Estate – will be collaborating in working groups through this and Winter quarter to discuss pointed issues for consideration.
One of the hot topics is whether the campus should strive for more ambitious sustainable building designs and operations, with respect to higher building assessment levels set under LEED and WELL; the key question is how this would realistically play out across the whole campus. Because this is such a big question in itself, the steering committee has asked Green Building Council at UCSD, a student group focused on green building initiatives on campus, to help support these working groups. If interested in assisting with research and discussing solutions, and in an opportunity to see how green building assessments are implemented in actual design, email by Oct 26.
Time Commitment: 2 – 3 hours / week
– Corresponding with working group members
– Researching given topics of interest
– Partaking in working group discussions

Obama Foundation Fellowships


The Obama Foundation believes that when we lift up and support new leaders, everyone benefits. But it’s not just a belief; it’s what we seek to do every day.

So, we’re thrilled to announce that applications for the next class of Obama Foundation Fellows are now open.


We’re looking for 20 rising stars from around the world who are working alongside their communities to solve important public problems in creative and powerful ways. The two-year, non-residential program offers hands-on training, leadership development, and a powerful network to equip Fellows to scale the impact of their work.

We’re searching for candidates who are civic innovators, discipline-diverse, at a tipping point in their work, not yet connected to the networks they need to advance their work, and motivated by the powerful desire to help others. You can learn more about what we look for when selecting Fellows here.

If you share these qualities, please apply to join the next class of Obama Fellows by September 18, 2018. Or, if you know someone who should apply, please let them know that the call for applications is now open.


2019 California Transportation Planning Conference Call for Student Posters


Call for Poster Session
February 25, 2019 – San Diego, CA

Poster sessions are a popular feature at conferences and annual meetings, and they will be on display at the Welcome Reception at the 2019 California Transportation Planning Conference (CTPC). Creators of accepted posters should plan to be available during the poster session presentation period on Monday, February 25, 2019 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. to answer questions and discuss their work. This is a great opportunity for creators to share their research and network with industry leaders and practitioners. Please join us and share your research with the multiple participants at the 2019 CTPC.

Submit Your Poster Session Proposal by Friday, October 19, 2018 to

Tips and Lessons for Creating Successful Posters

Q:  What is a Poster Session?

A:  A poster session is a visual forum for presenters to highlight their work and to share their successful ideas with colleagues by presenting a research study, a practical problem-solving effort or an innovative program. These sessions are suitable for a presentation of topics that may not be meaty enough for an entire paper or formal presentation, and allow for works in progress. Posters combine text and graphics to present information in a clear, visual manner, and allow conference participants to quickly and easily become acquainted with the topic on their own.

Q:  What Topics are Appropriate?

A:  A poster can cover any topic related to transportation planning information; we are particularly interested in topic being covered at the conference (please see agenda for planned sessions). They are not vendor sponsored advertisements, although independent product discussions and analysis are welcome. As with the conference educational programming, the posters should support the discussions around the core topics being address at the conference. These include:

  • Transportation Funding
  • Performance Measures
  • Transportation Demand Management
  • Rural Planning
  • Equity and Health
  • Localized Mobility
  • Integrated Planning/Ticketing
  • Planning and Environmental Linkages
  • Housing and Transportation
  • Changing Technologies
  • Scenario Planning/Planning for the Future
  • Climate Change
  • Transit and Rail Connectivity
  • Freight Planning

Q:  What Should Poster Session Proposals Include?

A:  Poster proposals will need to be submitted via email to by Friday, October 19, 2018. The proposal must include a title, name(s) of the creator(s), and an abstract of 50-200 words describing the information to be presented in the poster. Proposers will be notified by November 9th.

Q:  If My Poster is Accepted, what do I Have to Do?

A:  Specific size and material requirements for the posters will be sent with the poster acceptances. Create an engaging visual display that explains your topic to be affixed to a free-standing board. Plan to set up your poster between 5:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Monday, February 25, 2019. Poster creators and/or representative will need to be present during the poster session presentation period on, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. to answer questions and discuss your poster. You must remove your display once the reception closes on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact

You can find the full set of Poster Session Guidelines in the attached document: Poster Session Guidelines