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New Webinar: “Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities” (October 13, 2016)

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Webinar Title: Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities

Date/Time: October 13th, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar

Humans are built to walk and the built environment needs to match this. How can individuals, organizations and governments work to make sure that every American has access to safe, accessible and convenient places to walk? Join America Walks as we explore some of the barriers to a walkable America and ways that we can begin to address these challenges.

Different environments or types of communities offer different opportunities and challenges for promoting walking and walkability. One of the most common questions we get at America Walks is about resources available for walking in rural communities. Learn about some of the challenges that come with working in rural environments and a selection of resources that provide unique opportunities to promote walking and walkability in rural communities with our October 13th webinar “Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities.” Hear from WalkBoston as they talk about their work in promoting walking and walkability across the state of Massachusetts followed by examining two resources available to help you do the same in your community! 

About the Presenters

beuttellAs the Program Director at WalkBoston, Stacey Beuttell manages the technical assistance programs at WalkBoston that provide support to municipalities across the state concerning the addition of walking to municipal planning efforts. She conducts assessments of existing walking conditions and makes recommendations for improving the safety and quality of the pedestrian environment. Stacey conducts training programs that describe the health, economic and community benefits of a good walking environment. Prior to joining WalkBoston, Ms. Beuttell was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates where she practiced as an urban planner and landscape architect for over thirteen years. Stacey holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts in American Studies/Environmental Studies from Dickinson College.

PROFILE PHOTOAnush Hansen MS, MA, is a Research Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and has been a member of the Maine Rural Health Research Center since 2005. She has contributed to a number of rural health research and evaluation projects focused on behavioral health, physical activity, food access and healthy eating, and childhood obesity prevention. Anush worked with colleagues on three Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Research projects, investigating how policies, programs, and the built and natural environment can help increase access to physical activity opportunities for rural, low-income residents.

Wendy LandmanAs Executive Director of WalkBoston for the past 8 years, Wendy spends all of her professional time working on walking issues – thinking about policies, strategies and activities that will make Massachusetts more walkable and ways to re-introduce the public to the convenience, ease and joy of walking. Among WalkBoston’s ongoing initiatives are: Transportation for Massachusetts – a coalition working to create walkable, transit accessible and transit served communities; Safe Routes to School programs jointly funded by a health care, foundation and public sources; technical assistance programs for municipalities; and programs to train new populations to be walking advocates including public health outreach workers, teens in Boston neighborhoods, and senior volunteers and local public works staff in suburban communities.

WalkBoston also leads walks directed to specific areas of their advocacy, reviews private development projects and major transportation projects around the state, works to improve sidewalk snow and ice clearance, and creates wonderful walking maps to attract new walkers and encourage municipalities and large employers to get engaged in advocacy. Wendy came to WalkBoston with 25 years of experience in urban planning – spanning all modes of transportation, as well as master planning, smart growth and environmental review. She also serves on the Board of the National SRTS Partnership. She holds BS and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT, and a Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh.

IMG_3624Sara Zimmerman is the Program and Policy Director for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.  Sara oversees the work of the Program and Policy team in providing technical assistance and advocacy around transportation equity and increasing physical activity and safe walking and bicycling for children and adults.  Prior to joining the National Partnership in 2013, Sara worked for many years as a senior staff attorney and program director for ChangeLab Solutions, a national legal and policy nonprofit focused on healthy communities.  Sara clerked for Judge Richard Paez of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and graduated from Swarthmore College (Phi Beta Kappa) and UC Berkeley School of Law (Order of the Coif).