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Most SPUR programs are free to attend. To view recordings and slide decks from previous events, visit the “Past Events” link below. For more information, see our Events FAQ page.

Event Format
Policy Area
Date Range

May 2024

Ideas + Action, May 30, 2024 at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco
San Francisco + Online
Ideas + Action to

Ideas + Action 2024: The Future of Cities

Join SPUR for Ideas + Action 2024: The Future of Cities as we explore topics including accommodating regional growth, the evolution of downtowns, responding to climate change, and creating inclusive public spaces.

June 2024

Photo of book cover on the left and headshot of author on the right
San Francisco
In-Person Forum to

Book Talk: When Driving Is Not an Option: Steering Away from Car Dependency

When Driving is Not an Option shines a light on the reality for non-drivers and explains how improving our transportation system with nondrivers in mind will create a better quality of life for everyone. During this event, Zivarts will explain that when the needs of involuntary nondrivers are viewed as essential to how we design our transportation systems and our communities, not only will we be able to more easily get where we need to go, but the changes will lead to healthier, climate-friendly communities for everyone.
Aerial view of San Francisco's Embarcadero, Ferry Building, and skyline.
Digital Discourse to

POSTPONED: Book Talk: Bay Lexicon

"Bay Lexicon" — a field guide to San Francisco’s shore — uses drawings, text, and maps to develop vocabulary for thinking and talking about a future made uncertain by sea level rise and the climate emergency. Author and illustrator Jane Wolff will talk about how making specialized content available to plural audiences can support public literacy — and discussion — about San Francisco’s changing relationship with the bay.
Title slide for The Dynamic Relationship Between Universities and Cities
Business Member Event
San Francisco
In-Person Forum to

The Dynamic Relationship Between Universities and Cities

Join SPUR for an engaging discussion on the pivotal role of universities in shaping urban environments, focusing on the unique challenges and opportunities in densely populated cities like San Francisco. Our distinguished panel includes experts from UCSF, UC Law, Gensler, and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development. They will delve into critical issues such as strategies for universities to address housing shortages and affordability, collaborative approaches between universities and cities, and ways universities can work with local communities to foster workforce development.
Groups of people gathered at the Urban Center
Special Program to

SPUR Urbanist Social

Join SPUR in Oakland for a speed networking event where the goal is to make as many professional connections as possible! Grab a drink and enjoy connecting with individuals in the SPUR network across fields and backgrounds. This is a great opportunity to make valuable connections in a facilitated space. Whether you’re ready to dip your toe back into intentional networking, or want to just share a conversation and a drink, we invite you to join us for an informal happy hour this summer.
 The wreckage of a collapsed building, Diyarbakır, Turkey.
Digital Discourse to

Earthquake Recovery in Türkiye

It has been a year and a half since the magnitude 7.8 and magnitude 7.5 earthquakes devastated Türkiye and Syria. Where is Türkiye now in the recovery timeline and how are leaders thinking about housing recovery and “building back better”? Join our panelists as they answer these questions and how they have integrated lessons learned into their practice.

July 2024

Title slide for Harvesting Community: A Journey through Veggielution
All Member Event
San José
Tour to

Harvesting Community: A Journey through Veggielution

Join SPUR for a tour of Veggielution, a community farm based in East San José that mobilizes volunteers to cultivate and grow healthy crops. Attendees will learn how their 6-acre community farm in Emma Prusch Farm Park in the Mayfair neighborhood, mobilizes volunteers to cultivate and grow healthy crops for program participants and other local residents. Marie Millares / Facility Director, Veggielution Emily Schwing / Acting Executive Director, Veggielution

October 2024

Silver SPUR Awards October 24, 2024
Silver SPUR Awards to

2024 Silver SPUR Awards

Join SPUR for an evening of celebration, inspiration, and networking. The Silver SPUR Awards are back on Thursday, October 24th at the Blue Shield Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. More information coming soon!
If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to [email protected] or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.