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New Webinar- Designing Places for People

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Date and Time: Monday, August 1st at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Webinar Host: Ian Thomas, America Walks

Presenters: Dan Burden and Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones

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About the Webinar

Join Dan Burden and Samantha Thomas on August 1st for a webinar titled “Designing Places for People.” Part of the Walking College series, but open to everyone, this webinar will illustrate specific features of the built environment that make a place walkable—people-and business-friendly. Learn how to survey existing conditions and visualize their transformation—from a desolate and abandoned downtown district to a modern, vibrant marketplace of human interaction, welcoming people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and religions. Dan and Samantha will provide an informative and entertaining demonstration of their work and recommend tools, such as the walking audit, for us to use to create change in our own communities.

About the Presenters

dan-burden-200x193Dan Burden is the Director of Inspiration and Innovation at Blue Zones. He has been recognized by the White House as one of the top ten Champions of Change in Transportation, and by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.” With his relentless energy, Dan has worked in 3500 communities worldwide to slow down traffic, enhance healthy and affordable transportation modes, and create great public places. His street designs and town centers are celebrated in numerous publications and, of course, everyday by thousands of pedestrians.

Headshot_SamanthaThomas_cropSamantha Thomas is Blue Zones’ Built Environment Manager,. She has a broad community design background and manages a number of major policy, planning and design projects. Samantha’s focus and experience is on building happy, healthy and thriving communities, often one street at a time. She supports communities in transportation and land use policy and practice transformations to achieve behavior change, smarter and more sustainable community design best practices for the future. Over the last five years, Samantha has worked with over 150 communities spanning from Kauai, Hawaii to Long Island, New York leading walking audits—or mobile workshops—and creating blueprints for more walkable and livable streets—our shared space and intersection of individual and community physical, social, environmental, and financial health.

With thanks:

We are grateful to the Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.