What effects will developments like Saltworks and beyond have on climate change? The debate over Saltworks, a proposal to build 12,000 homes on former salt ponds in Redwood City, is a harbinger of coming development fights in the age of climate change. In this October 18 Climate One debate, architect Peter Calthorpe argued that the need for housing in the San Francisco Bay Area is so great that infill development alone can’t meet demand; conservationist David Lewis countered that developing one of the region’s last unprotected wetlands is not worth the cost.
Peter Calthorpe has practiced architecture since 1972 and founded Calthorpe Associates in 1983. After attending Antioch College, he studied architecture at Yale University. Calthorpe has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and South America and has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Oregon and University of North Carolina.
Calthorpe is the co-author of Sustainable Communities and author of The Next American Metropolis. He has received numerous honors and awards and has been cited by Newsweek as one of 25 "innovators on the cutting edge."
Gregory Dalton is chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Club of California and Director of The Club's Climate 1 Initiative. He previously was international editor at The Industry Standard magazine, an editor for the Associated Press in New York, and a correspondent in China and Canada for the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.
Proficient in both Mandarin and Cantonese, he is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
As Executive Director of Save The Bay since 1998, David Lewis has been San Francisco Bay's top advocate for more than a decade. Under his leadership, Save The Bay stopped San Francisco International Airport's plan to pave more of the Bay for runways, and has taken on industry giants Cargill Inc., the American Chemistry Council, and serious Bay polluters. David has also testified before Congress on oil spill prevention and restoring Bay wetlands to combat the impacts of climate change. David was born and raised in the Bay Area, and prior to joining Save The Bay, he devoted 14 years to work for nuclear arms control in Washington, D.C., including in the U.S. Senate, and also worked on election campaigns across the country. He holds a B.A. in Politics and American Studies from Princeton University and is still trying to catch up to his daughters on the ski slopes.
Jack and his wife Patricia moved to San Mateo in 1973 and raised their four children there. He founded John Matthews Architects in San Mateo in 1986. Jack was awarded a Bachelor of Architecture Degree, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1972. Studied Architecture for one year in Florence, Italy 1970-71. Corporate Member of the American Institute of Architects since 1976. President for the San Mateo County Chapter AIA 1992. Member of Board of Directors AIA California Council 1994-96. Member of AIA California Council Legislative Committee 1994-1997. Member of the AIA Committee on Historic Resources. Member of the Board of Directors for the Human Investment Project Inc. for nine years including three as President. Member of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Skyline Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Deputized as an inspector by the California State Office of Emergency Services for inspection of buildings in the City of Oakland following the November 17, 1989 earthquake and then in Southern California after the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994. Registered Disaster Service Worker. Instructor in earthquake damage assessment. Planning Commissioner, City of San Mateo, 1995-2003. Elected to City Council for the City of San Mateo, November 2003 for a four year term. Mayor for the City of San Mateo 2007.