The Regional Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic
(March 11, 2019)
This webinar examines the role that regional councils can play in addressing the COVID-19 epidemic. Leaders from the Puget Sound Regional Council (Seattle), Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Boston), and Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (COG) discuss how they are responding to the COVID-19 epidemic and the role regional councils are playing in efforts to contain the virus.
Differential Privacy for the 2020 Census
(March 10, 2020)
The U.S. Census Bureau has proposed the use of “Differential Privacy” as a new method to attempt to prevent disclosure of personally identifying information. Differential Privacy has the potential to jeopardize the accuracy of decennial census data published for every community in the United States–an outcome with deleterious effects that will be felt for at least the next 10 years and likely many more. The National Association of Regional Councils invites you to join us for a webinar with Tim Reardon, Data Services Director at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston, MA. He will discuss differential privacy, how it could be implemented, and the impacts that are likely to occur.
Regions are increasingly engaging with the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but tracking progress in GHG mitigation can be challenging. An approach known as “Contribution Analysis” can offer insights to the many factors working for and against the intended outcome. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability has built a toolkit designed to assist communities in the application of contribution analysis techniques. NARC has developed a webinar along with ICLEI, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), and Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to explore this toolkit and the ways that regional councils have been able to use it to conduct contribution analysis for their regions. Speakers: Eli Yewdall, Senior Program Officer, ICLEI Maia Davis, Senior Environmental Planner, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Rob Graff, Manager, Office of Energy and Climate Change Initiatives, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission