Upcoming Webinars

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Past Webinars

October 16, 2015 (12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern): Connecting the Dots: Working with Regional Offices 

This webinar is the first part in an exciting new initiative to bring together local advocates, federal agencies and our network to grow the work being done to make America a great place to walk! Agency representatives discuss the structure and background of agency regional offices including Departments of Health & Human Services, Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency; their past experiences engaging with local advocates and how they teamed up on projects; the ideas they have on how to connect you with offices that have invaluable resources for your walking projects.

October 9, 2015 (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern): What’s Happening in Washington? 

America Walks was excited to host the “What’s Happening in Washington” webinar as part of their efforts to prepare constituents to pound the pavement at Walk the Hill Day on October 28 during the 2015 National Walking Summit. Participants heard from leaders on current issues and what to expect from their day of advocacy.

September 15, 2015 (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): Call to Action, What Does it Mean? 

Learn how to use the Call to Action and join the conversation with an exclusive webinar offered by America Walks which provides a briefing on the Call to Action and discussion with representatives from leading organizations on how they plan to implement it in their work.

September 1, 2015 (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): What’s Happening at the Walking College?

For the last 12 weeks, a select group of walkable community advocates from around the country have been working through America Walks’ new distance education program. After studying the history of transportation planning in the U.S., these 25 “Walking College Fellows” learned how streets and public spaces need to be to designed to encourage walking, and how to engage local government to make this actually happen. They also received training in fundraising, leadership development, and coalition-building. In this webinar, Walking College Fellows will reflect on their experiences and describe their next steps in their own campaigns.

 Friday August 14 (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern) Engage with Local Government: Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkability Community Movement

Join us on August 14th for the latest webinar in America Walks’ “Walking College” series. Having learned about fundraising and personal leadership development in the previous module, our 25 Walking College Fellows (and all America Walks supporters) are now invited to meet three critical stakeholders in any local walkable community movement – an engineer, a planner, and an elected official.

Thursday Aug. 6 (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern): Walkability: The Health and Wellness Equation

Walking is more than basic transportation and recreation; it is the key to health, longevity and affordable living. If we want more equitable communities–accessible–then walking must become a natural activity again. In this session, Dan Burden, one of the early pioneers in North America’s walkability movement–coining the terms ‘road diets,’ ‘walking audits,’ ‘photomorphs’ and inspiring Complete Streets conversions–will address the link and bond between walking and health.

Monday July 27 (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern) Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities

America Walks’ second series of “Walking College” webinars launches July 27th. Designed for the Walking College Fellowship program, and open to a general audience, this webinar focuses on fundraising – one of the biggest challenges for local community change agents.

 Weds., July 15th (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern): “Institutionalizing the Change”

With an understanding of the physical components of a walkable community, the next step is to redesign and rebuild our streets and public places – and that means engaging in the public policy process and working with the business establishment. No-one knows more about “changing the system” than celebrated speaker and walkability expert Mark Fenton, who recently authored a Practice Guide for the Every Body Walk! Collaborative titled, Making Walking Routine: Building Walkability Through Policies and Market Forces. Join Mark as he describes the most effective and achievable strategies for modifying both public- and private-sector procedures so they lead inevitably to walkable communities.

Thurs., June 18th (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): “Why Walking?”

Why do we care about walking, and why do we put so much effort into campaigning for walkable communities? In our first Walking College Webinar, we take an introspective look at the walking movement with the help of two of its most accomplished practitioners. Jonathon Stalls, Founder and Lead Itinerant with Walk2Connect, will discuss the human, psychosocial practice of walking and give examples from the increasing popular vogue of walking groups, clubs, and programs. Then, Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego will present “The Ecology of Walking” – an exploration of the interrelationships between walking, health, the environment, and the economy; and a chronology of the fall and rise of walking as transportation over the last 100 years.

Tues., June 23rd (11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern): “Designing Places for People”

After delving into the foundations of the walking movement, the Walking College Webinar Series gets into the nuts and bolts of walkable communities with the acknowledged expert in this area. Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration with Blue Zones, has worked in 3,500 communities to transform streets and public spaces into livable, walkable communities that support healthy, affordable lifestyles. Along with Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones’ Built Environment Manager, Dan will teach us all to see through his eyes, as he surveys a desolate and abandoned downtown district, and visualizes its transformation into a modern, vibrant marketplace of human interaction – welcoming people of all ages, incomes, ethnicities, and religions.

May 22, 2015 (11 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern): “The Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets”

Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx challenged mayors across the country to take a leadership role in addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety.   A former mayor himself, Secretary Foxx understands that effective action to reverse the current trend of rising pedestrian injuries and deaths can only be achieved through a partnership between the federal and local governments. This webinar will feature three of the mayors who have responded to the Challenge and task you to get involved in your mayor’s initiative or to get your mayor involved.

Thurs., April 23rd (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): “Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper – and Healthier” 

Transforming the built environment to improve health outcomes can take years, if not decades. This webinar will focus on short term, low cost, yet high impact strategies for improving streets, public spaces, and buildings across the country that can lead to longer term change. Kate Rube and her team at Project for Public Spaces will present health-promoting ‘Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper’ approaches, including active recreation amenities, street redesigns that prioritize pedestrians, and farmers’ market stands. After the webinar, participants will be ready to create great public places that attract people and provide many ways to get healthy.

Mon., April 13th (10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern): “The Fine Art of Messaging”

Based on research commissioned by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, this webinar will help you understand which messages about walking and walkability work, and which ones don’t. Karen Saverino and colleagues at Metropolitan Group will present the results of surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups conducted across the country, that will help us effectively frame the issue of walkable communities. Your “call to action” will be to build these messages into your next communications initiative.

March 9, 2015- Lessons from the Experts

Join celebrated speaker and walkability expert Mark Fenton for a rapid-fire review of best practices for those beginning to build more walkable communities. Many communities are overwhelmed by the apparent technical challenges and cost of making themselves more walkable. But there are compelling, cost efficient, often simple approaches that are ideal first steps. Based on a series of interviews with some of the most experienced and successful walkable community advocates and implementers in the United States, this Webinar reveals starter-strategies that have been shown to work, and why!

February 20, 2015- What’s Happening In Health Care

Walking is one of the healthiest activities you can take up, so this webinar showcases two exciting programs from the health care industry. David Pauer of the Cleveland Clinic will describe how doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are modeling healthy behavior through the clinic’s employee wellness program, while Jennifer MacDougal will present BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s statewide prevention initiative, based on walking clubs.

February 5, 2015- Local Elected Officials Walk the Walk

Based on America Walks’ recently published Case Studies, this Webinar will feature three local elected officials who have used their status as political leaders to advance walking and walkability. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Columbia, MO City Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe, and former Arlington County Board Member Chris Zimmerman will describe their personal success stories, which include reducing neighborhood speed limits and inspiring citizens of one community to start exercising and lose a combined one million pounds.

The State of Walking Organizations in the US

In this webinar, you’ll find out more about the scale and scope of the walking movement in the US. Join America Walks National Coalition Director Kate Kraft and Board Member Wendy Landman to hear: -Results of our 2014 survey of organizations working on walking – the report will be issued just after the webinar.

re:Streets – re:Imagining, re:Purposing, and re:Constructing Our Most Valuable Public Space

Many of us take our streets for granted. They are places where we drive cars; some of them accept buses or bicycles or plain old pedestrians; and they transport us from home to work to shopping to entertainment: from A to B and from B to A. But streets can be so much more.

Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns

This is an August 21, 2014, America Walks webinar on innovative and effective ways to promote walking in mid-size towns. America Walks continues our focus on the Garden State. This month’s presenters will share success stories from three New Jersey communities.