view a UCSD-TV documentary describing the RWBC's vision, tools and
Regional Workbench Consortium (RWBC) is a collaborative network of
university and community-based partners
dedicated to enabling sustainable city-region
development. We promote multidisciplinary
research and service
learning aimed at understanding how problems of environment and
development interrelate across local, regional and global scales.
The RWBC focuses on the Southern California-Northern
Baja California transborder region--especially the San
Diego-Tijuana city-region and coastal zone. RWBC partners come
from academia, industry, government, and community organizations.
Our partnership-driven approach explicitly integrates issues of
equity, environmental stewardship, and economic efficiency (the
so-called 3 Es of sustainable development). In the process, we are
weaving together innovative advances in three domains: Information
and Communications Technology, New Regionalism, and Sustainability
The RWBC is building a trusted Internet-based research portal and
toolkit (i.e., workbench) to facilitate problem-driven projects
that require region-wide data integration and information sharing.
Currently we are placing a major emphasis on GIS,
Quality of Life Indicators and on-line interactive mapping.
Specific projects currently
focus on water, toxics, housing, community development, land use
and regional planning. Our aim is to create more efficient, interactive,
and equitable methods for integrating university-based science with
the fast-changing needs of industry, government, non-profit and
community-based organizations. The RWBC also serves as a platform
for innovative education, outreach
and workforce development.
NOTE: The RWBC steering committee conducts
open public meetings every other Monday for about two hours in UCSD's
Social Sciences Building, SSB 102. You can find out the exact time
and place of meetings by checking the RWBC calender on this site
(click here). Directions to the
RWBC's ususal meeting location, and nearby parking, is also posted
on this site (cick here).
to the Business Council for Sustainable Development,
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main source of funding: the Superfund Basic Research Program,
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, click
here for details on the competive renewal process.