July 31, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC: Summer Interns: Laura Stroud

Laura Stoud Community and Regional Planning CPW Community Planning Workshop

What is your name?   Laura Stroud

Where were you born and where do you call home?   I’m a born and bred North Carolinian. I grew up on the southeastern coast in Jacksonville, but I’ve been lucky enough to call other cities in the piedmont and mountains home as well.

What is something fun you like to do?   I like to explore Oregon’s great outdoors by raft, ski, or foot.

What are your big summer plans?   I plan to make it out to Eastern Oregon for the first time, and visit home in North Carolina.

In which graduate program are you enrolled? I’m enrolled in the Community and Regional Planning Program. My concentrations are land use planning and environmental planning.

What was a favorite UO class?   My favorite UO class was Water and the Built Environment which focused on how cities and utilities supply residents with water, sewage, and stormwater services.

What Community Planning Workshop (CPW)  project did you worked on during the academic year?   I worked on a project integrating hazard mitigation goals into the City of Madras’ comprehensive plan. We collected relevant information from current planning documents and public participation to create a list of goals and policies for the city to prioritize. I helped facilitate meetings and made a brochure to educate residents about the floodplain.

What is the most critical skill(s) you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year?   How to work dynamically within a team to synthesize information from various sources and produce a professional-quality planning document.

What about CPW made you smile  ? It was great to see how my fellow team members grew throughout the term, improving both strengths and weaknesses.

What is one of your ‘best-kept secrets’? There’s a foodcart called Philyaw’s Cookout that sometimes visits campus. The owner is an Eastern NC native. It’s the best place in Eugene to get true Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue! Don’t miss it!

July 29, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Ross Peizer

Ross Peizer CPW Community Planning Workshop,  OPDR Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience

What is your name?   Ross Peizer

Alias?   No alias but my girlfriend’s name is Rachel so when we introduce ourselves together, fans of the show Friends have fun with that one.

Where were you born and where do you call home?   I grew up in Seattle but have lived all over the country since I first left to go to college. Even after living and becoming a part of communities in Boston, Sydney, Tucson, New Orleans and Montana I still call Seattle home. You know you’re from Seattle when your closet looks like an REI catalog!

What are your big summer plans?   This summer I’m looking forward to going hiking and camping around Oregon and Washington including Crater Lake and possibly some of the National Parks in Washington as well. I am also looking forward to going up to Seattle for a good friends wedding and Portland for a concert at the Oregon Zoo.

Name of the last movie you saw and give it a rating:   I watched Jobs a few weeks ago. The movie about Steve Jobs and Apple Computers. I’d give it 2 stars. I think my expectations were too high for this one. The story line was interesting to learn more about behind the scenes of Apple but the acting was pretty bad and it left me asking a lot of questions and wondering how much they embellished relationship issues to make a more interesting movie.

In which graduate program are you enrolled?   I am going into my second year of the Community and Regional Planning program. My focus area is Sustainable Cities. I am particularly passionate about sustainable transportation and excited to be the incoming President of LiveMove – UO’s Transportation and Livability student group.

What CPW project did you worked on during the academic year?   This past year in Community Planning Workshop I worked on the natural hazard plan integration project in Madras, Oregon. Our team worked to integrate the Jefferson County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP) and Madras specific addendum into the City of Madras Comprehensive Plan. This involved revising the natural hazards chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. The project was important because the current natural hazards chapter did not address all of the hazards Madras faces and the NHMP is not a regulatory document whereas the Comprehensive Plan is regulated by the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).

What is the most critical skill you learned from being engaged in CPW this past year?   All the important details of a planning project from public outreach to memo and staff report writing to working on a team and with a client.

What about CPW made you smile?   Definitely our road trips to Madras and back. We got pretty addicted and competitive about auto bingo as mentioned in a previous blog post.

What is your favorite quote?   “Turns out not where but who you’re with that really matters.” I don’t listen to Dave Matthews Band as much as I used to but I still love this quote from one of their songs.

What is your ‘best-kept secret’ you’d recommend?   I created a Seattle to do list for friends who visit when I’m not there so they can show themselves around. It’s hard to pick but I think my #1 recommendation on that list would be to rent kayaks from Agua Verde Paddle Club and then go to their café for lunch.

Where can we ‘cyber-stalk’ you? LinkedIn: http://lnkd.in/UQnbGg

July 28, 2014
by Julia Havens
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What if? Ice storms, earthquakes pose real danger to Eugene

OPDR Oregon partnership for Disaster Reslience

By Tom Adams and KVAL News Staff   |  Published: Jul 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM PDT

EUGENE, Ore. – The region got a taste of the problem last December and February.   Severe snow and ice storms put thousands of Lane County residents in the dark, some for the better part of a week, amidst record cold temperatures.

But what if the power outage last longer, after a more intense storm – or a massive Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake?

“What are the risks out there?” said Lance Robertson with the Eugene Water and Electric Board. “How might it impact not just electricity and water but transportation? Eugene City Councilors and EWEB commissioners are busy on joint planning for possible disaster.

A new climate and hazards vulnerability survey found that both severe earthquakes and severe winter storms have the potential to cause region-wide failures of the underpinnings of civilization. ”What we need to do is do our work ahead of time, to make sure that we have procedures, policies, adequate funds in place,” said Roger Gray, EWEB general manager. Robertson said it’s good that the critical planning is going on right now, both for electrical and for the water system.

The biggest “what if?” is that megaquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. For example: What if landslides or earthquakes blocked the McKenzie River? It would leave roughly 200,000 EWEB customers without running water. The utility is still working on planning for a backup water plant.

“We’re on a path right now to develop that source and have it operational by 2020 or 2021,” Robertson said. EWEB said that, depending on the disaster, the electric grid could go down for as long as 2 months.

Video: http://www.kval.com/news/local/What-if-Ice-storms-earthquakes-pose-real-danger-to-Eugene-268372562.html?tab=video&c=y

July 23, 2014
by Julia Havens
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Meet Our Amazing CSC Summer Interns: Evelyn Perdomo

Evelyn Perdomo CPW Community Planning Workshop University of OregonWhat is your name? Evelyn Perdomo

Where were you born and where do you call home?   I was born in San Francisco and raised in Daly City, CA. I consider the Bay Area my home.

What are your big summer plans?   I plan on doing a lot of outdoor activities (hiking, biking, camping, tubing) since this my first summer in Oregon.

In which graduate program are you enrolled?   I’m in the Community and Regional Planning Program. I’m interested in community development, specifically housing issues and economic development strategies.

What Community Planning Workshop (CPW)  project did you worked on?   I was a part of team food hub. Our project was the “Lane County Year-Round Regional Public market and Food Hub Market Analysis”. We conducted a market study for Lane County to determine consumer demand for a potential year-round public market In Lane County. This is an important project for the county because there is a strong local food movement in the county. We conducted a lot of research about local food in Lane County and we talked to local food experts to determine supply and distribution gaps. We also sent out a household survey to residents in Eugene and Springfield to determine their shopping preferences and interest in a public market. I helped interview local food experts and enjoyed learning a lot from them. I also helped analyze our household survey results. The results were great because most respondents were interested in attending a public market at least once a week and wanted to get to know the producers who grow their food.

What are some of the most critical skills you learned from being engaged in CPW?    I think CPW definitely helped me improve my presentation skills. I also became more comfortable with quantitative analysis because we had so many survey results to evaluate.

What is your favorite quote?   “What’s important is not the accolades and memories of success but the way you respond when opportunities are denied” – Tony Dungy

What about CPW made you smile?   I got a lot of satisfaction out of knowing that I was working on an important project for the City of Eugene and Lane County. It was great that our clients trusted us to work on the market study because it will likely have a big impact on economic development in the future.

What is your best-kept secret?   It’s not a secret to anyone that knows me but if you’re ever in the SF Bay Area you have to eat at Sliver Pizzeria in downtown Berkeley and then walk over to CREAM on Telegraph Avenue for an ice cream sandwich!

What is your dream job?   I would like to work in community development for my hometown of Daly City or other city in the Bay Area. However, I absolutely love football so it would be cool to have a job where I got paid to watch NFL games. I’d like to be in the broadcast booth for every 49er game.

Where can we ‘cyber-stalk’ you?   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/evelyn-perdomo/63/311/4b1