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Mary Bean

Mary Bean Mary Bean has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Planning from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She has over 20 years of experience in land use planning in both the public and private sector as a former County planner from Santa Barbara. Mary specializes in finding ways to streamline the environmental process, by carefully scrutinizing projects and tailoring analyses to produce concise and defensible documents.

Mary had handled numerous projects under her belt ranging from commercial and residential infill; large-scale subdivisions and mixed-use developments; public facilities such as hospitals and fire stations; transportation, transit and heavy rail corridors; data centers; and annexations. Her experience also allows her to be very effective in strategizing with clients about the most efficient approach to California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) clearance at the local, state and national levels.

She also serves on panels to educate and inform planners about the ever changing landscape of CEQA regulations.

Mary is a member of several professional planning organizations, including:

  • American Planning Association
  • Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Women's Transportation Seminar
  • The Urban Land Institute

Recent Posts

4 Ways Sister Cities are Connecting Global Communities

Posted by Mary Bean on Jul 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Chances are, you have seen signs around your city declaring a relationship with a ‘Sister City’ on the other side of the globe. It sounds important, but what is a Sister City, and how do these relationships work in practice?

The Talanoa Dialogue: Climate Change and the SDGs

Posted by Mary Bean on Jan 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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According to the UN’s recently completed Emissions Gap Report, the existing pledges by member states to cut emissions will not be sufficient to meet the Paris climate agreement of 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Getting more renewables onto the grid – issues for developers

Posted by Mary Bean on Feb 16, 2016 11:18:40 AM

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In 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown set some of the nation’s most ambitious goals for production of electricity from renewable sources for his state. Given the costly impacts California is already facing from climate change, including the current drought, this aggressive position is hardly surprising.

The Triple Bottom Line of the Central Valley Food Production Industry

Posted by Mary Bean on Nov 27, 2013 8:05:00 AM

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently published an updated Scoping Plan for Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32 or The California Global Warming Solutions Act), which reports on the State’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since passage of the law in 2006. The Scoping Plan also presents an updated set of strategies to ensure that the state can meet the goal of 33% reduction in emissions by 2020, and sets the stage for meeting the more ambitious 80% reduction target by 2050. Clearly there is a lot of work to do to meet the ambitious emissions reduction targets set by the state. Transportation emissions are by far the largest source of GHGs, representing 38 percent of statewide emissions. Reducing vehicle miles traveled—by commuters, by businesses, and by industry—will be critical to achieving the AB 32 targets.

CEQA Planning and the Will of the Marketplace

Posted by Mary Bean on May 16, 2013 8:39:00 AM

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Efforts at the state level to streamline CEQA provide incentives for certain types of housing. The ultimate test will be whether consumer demand will support expansion of this program.

Streamlining CEQA: The Holy Grail of Environmental Planning Services

Posted by Mary Bean on Aug 7, 2012 8:43:00 AM

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