Tapping the Potential for Davis

Join the Davis Futures Forum December 5th at 7:00pm at Davis Community Chambers at 23 Russell Blvd to hear Paula Daniels, a pre-eminent expert on food policy, relate ideas that could serve as a model for our community if we decide to pursue food sustainability. A sustainable food system can be defined as one that supports the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the communities it serves. Whether you are interested in food policies that support more equitable involvement in the local economy or you’re more about learning how Davis can more fully embrace its food culture — leading by example with sustainable and innovative food and agricultural practices — this event will be of interest to you.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Where: Davis Community Chambers, 23 Russell Boulevard

Speaker: Paula Daniels, co-founder and chair of the board for the Center for Good Food Purchasing

Mayor Brett Lee will open the event, introducing the speaker, while Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Partida will introduce and moderate a panel scheduled for 7:45pm that will include local leaders from the University, business, and agricultural community.
Tentative event schedule

7:00-7:05 Mayor Brett Lee to open event and introduce Paula Daniels

7:05 – 7:35 Paula Daniels to speak

7:35-7:45 Q&A

7:45- 8:10 Panel moderated by Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Partida
8:15-8:30 Questions for panel

UC Davis is recognized internationally as having the best agricultural program in the world. Further, the Davis Farmer’s Market is consistently ranked as one of the finest in the country. These outstanding local assets provide an exceptional platform for Davis to build a stronger local economy based on food innovation, a healthy and sustainable food supply, and local food security

Paula Daniels is a former attorney who changed professions to accept an appointment on the LA City Board of Public Works where her focus became food and water. Following that assignment, Daniels became Mayor Villaraigosa’s senior advisor on food policy and formed the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. Daniels is currently co-founder and chair of the board for the Center for Good Food Purchasing founded in July of 2015.

The evening will provide an opportunity to consider how to make our community an even more delightful, sustainable, and healthy place to live.

Seat reservations to open soon, stay tuned!

Read an editorial by Anya and Richard McCann on making sustainable food an economic engine and identity for Davis.

Read an article by Paula Daniels on “Designing a Renewable Food System” published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review this January.


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More about Paula Daniels

Paula Daniel’s leadership in food and water policy has received recognition through numerous academic appointments and other awards. Some recent examples: 2018, Ashoka Fellowship; September 2016, Resident Fellow of the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation; 2015, Pritzker Environment and Sustainability Education Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; 2013, Lee Chair in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley; 2012-2013, Stanton Fellowship (awarded by the Durfee Foundation). She has been adjunct faculty at UCLA since 2010 and has also had academic appointments at USC and Vermont Law School.

The purpose of the Davis Futures Forum is to highlight innovative approaches to social, economic, and environmental sustainability through land use planning.  The Forum primarily accomplishes its work by arranging for nationally known experts to speak at local public venues and with help from experts and supporters at the City of Davis, UC Davis, and in the community.

For more information about the Davis Futures Forum, visit our web page.