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Applying Interconnected, Evidence-Based Problem-Solution Sequences to Comprehensive Equity Analysis

I serve on a board tasked with advising the County of Sacramento on all matters of environmental quality. In most cases, this consists of reacting to staff reports or stakeholder proposals, “issue” by “issue,” as best we can.

But this approach risks overlooking the communities that are the least equipped to shoehorn their real-world concerns into one of our “issues” each meeting. We are charged with promoting environmental justice but, like thousands of municipal agencies in the United States, we often operate within the piecemeal methodology that has contributed to inequitable…


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It’s cliché for a teacher to say “I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.” But consider that my students are mid-career leadership-track professionals from countries with emerging economies from around the world. They include scientists, managers, and civil engineers, from nations undergoing significant political and economic transition. When the University of California-Davis had asked me to lecture for its international Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, I knew it was a great opportunity but I scarcely knew where to start. I was experienced in the subject matter — climate and environmental policy. But most of my practical…

Josh Rosa

I teach “Environmental Policymaking in Political Contexts” at the University of California, Davis, Continuing and Professional Education

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