Sustainability & Regional Planning

NPA advises policy makers and organizations in addressing the long-term impacts of plans and activities on the local, regional, and global environment. For further information on any of these NPA projects, please contact us.



GATEWAY CITIES COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS – DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL PLANNING Since 2007 NPA President Nancy Pfeffer has served as the Director of Regional Planning on a contract basis for the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, which are 28 cities in Southeast Los Angeles County. Selected efforts include:

  • Directing the development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) for the Gateway Cities
  • Developing a partnership with California State University Long Beach to provide demographic and economic data services
  • Coordinating the Gateway Cities’ participation in the development of a regional population, housing, and employment growth forecast
  • Staffing the Gateway Cities Planning Directors’ monthly meetings
  • Representing the Gateway Cities at monthly regional meetings of the subregional coordinators, and serving as the group’s Vice-Chair in 2011-12
  • Convening an Energy and Climate Workshop for the cities in 2012
  • Providing staff support to the Gateway Cities Economic Development Working Group
  • Serving as the Gateway Cities’ representative to the 2016 South Coast Air Quality Management Plan Advisory Group
  • Providing staff support to the Gateway Cities’ two representatives to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.


AD-HOC SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR MTA NPA President Nancy Pfeffer serves as a member of the Ad-Hoc Sustainability Committee of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She was appointed in 2013 by then-Chair of the MTA Board, City of Lakewood Councilmember Diane DuBois.



GATEWAY CITIES SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES STRATEGY NPA President Nancy Pfeffer oversaw the development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) for the Gateway Cities Council of Governments of Southeast Los Angeles County under California Senate Bill 375. This unprecedented subregional SCS demonstrated that the cities’ general plans and transportation projects, in concert with regional transportation projects, would enable the Gateway Cities to achieve the same greenhouse gas percentage reduction targets that were required of the entire six-county area covered by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) under the regional SCS. The Gateway Cities SCS enhanced collaboration of the member cities, was non-controversial in its adoption, and gave the Gateway Cities greater influence in state legislative initiatives regarding land use and redevelopment.


GLOBAL LOGISTICS SPECIALIST – SUPPLY CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY NPA developed a curriculum on “Greening the Supply Chain” for students in the Global Logistics Specialist professional designation program at the Center for International Trade & Transportation at California State University, Long Beach (College of Continuing and Professional Education). NPA President Nancy Pfeffer has taught the course three times a year since 2012, in both classroom and on-line format. The curriculum establishes basic terminology, describes the current environmental impacts of the supply chain, and covers the political and economic context of decisions about these impacts. The course uses the Port of Long Beach as a case study and often engages guest speakers from the Port environmental staff.


PORT OF SAN DIEGO ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING NPA developed and presented a one-time four-hour course for wharfingers on Environmental Responsibility. Wharfingers serve as important liaison personnel between the Port and the vessels that call there. Ms. Pfeffer designed the four-hour course based on her class on “Greening the Supply Chain,” taught in the Global Logistics Specialist program at Cal State Long Beach’s College of Continuing and Professional Education. The San Diego course included case study breakouts developed by NPA, in which the class members played the role of Port Commissioners collaborating to develop environmental initiatives, such as a clean truck program.

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