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Rick Bishop

Rick Bishop is the co-director of the Inland Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD), which operates as one of four centers within the School of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside. Formed in 2019, ICSD’s objective is to be a network center, honest broker, resource, and important leader in public analysis and decision-making for local and regional decision-makers as they identify and focus on critical topics and issues related to the inland region’s future growth. ICSD’s research focuses on sustainability, and how the region can best incorporate sustainable practices that address economic and environmental goals. He previously served as executive director of the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) for over 20 years. In this position he was responsible for developing and implementing a number of regional programs in diverse areas such as transportation, energy, environment, growth, and the economy. WRCOG also operates the Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency, managing more than 40,000 acres of endangered species ecosystem in the region. WRCOG has been honored for innovative programs by organizations such as the American Planning Association; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Building Industry Association; the Air Quality Management District; the Urban Land Institute, Orange County/Inland Empire Chapter; the California Chapter of the US Green Building Council; the Governor of California; and the Southern California Association of Governments.

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