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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

Our recent webinar, Resilient Cities: Adaptation and Municipal Financing in the Era of COVID-19, brought together Climate Action KC (CAKC), ADEC Innovations, and Moody’s. We presented an increasingly relevant overview of ESG in the context of private investing for local governments, what ESG factors and risks are used by bond raters, and climate resiliency in the era of COVID-19.

Making Smarter, More Resilient Cities

Posted by Mary Bean on Jan 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM


In August 2018, FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS), an ADEC Innovation, helped sponsor the Sister Cities International (SCI) Annual Conference held in Aurora, Colorado. Since 1956, SCI has fostered global relationships between communities around the world based on the exchange of culture, education, information, and trade. SCI’s 62nd Annual Conference celebrated “Cities Leading the Way”, fostering discussion around how the Sister Cities initiative can help modernize local communities.

Last month, we looked at different ways the Philippines has worked to build sustainable practices and climate change resiliency. As an island nation, the Philippines is particularly susceptible to the effects of global climate change, and their example highlights the importance of understanding the long-term environmental and economic benefits of sustainability.

Today, we will look at three other examples of how global entities are working toward broader sustainability objectives and building climate resiliency—from New York to the Maldives.

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 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.