New Webinar: Unusual Bedfellows- Expanding and Developing New and Different Partnerships


Webinar Title: Unusual Bedfellows: Expanding and Developing New and Different Partnerships

Webinar Date/Time: April 15, 2020 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


You can access a live stream transcript of the webinar here.

About the Webinar

For years, the walking movement has recognized the relationships between land use, transportation and health and has promoted cross disciplinary partnerships as essential to building safe, accessible, equitable places to walk and move. These partnerships have been fundamental to the designing, developing and place making of livable, walkable communities. With the increasing evidence of the multiple benefits of walkability, we have an opportunity to expand our partnerships further and broader. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn new and different ideas for partnerships to create walkable communities
  • Give examples of creative strategies to promote safe, walkable spaces
  • Discuss new ways to engage the community around walkability
About the Panel

As the Assistant Director for Parking Services, Robert Ferrin oversees the administration, enforcement, operations, and management of public parking for the City of Columbus. Robert and his team are leading efforts to increase mobility options and parking access to support the growth and development of the City through initiatives including the Short North Parking Plan and Strategic Parking Plan. In June 2019 he was elected to the International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI) Board of Directors. Robert moved to Columbus in late 2017 from Colorado, where he spent nearly seven years working in various parking leadership roles with the City and County of Denver as their Manager of On-Street Programs and the City of Aurora as their Parking & Mobility Manager. Prior to his roles in Colorado, Robert served as the Director of Research for Charlotte Center City Partners, the City’s Business Improvement District, focusing on transportation, planning, and economic development initiatives. Robert is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he earned a Bachelor and Master of Geography degrees.

Jad Daley is serving as the 40th President and CEO of American Forests, the nation’s oldest forest conservation organization founded in 1875. Daley has a long record of leadership in the forest community, including co-founding the Forest-Climate Working Group, which he continues to co-chair, and leading the 22-state Eastern Forest Partnership. Daley has also played a lead role in authoring multiple pieces of federal legislation for forests, including the enabling language for the U.S. Forest Service’s Community Forest Program and Community Wood Energy Program, both enacted as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.

Daley comes to American Forests from a nine-year stint at The Trust for Public Land, where he served as Vice President for Program Development while holding the endowed Martha Wyckoff Fellow. Among his accomplishments with the Trust, Daley created a groundbreaking Climate-Smart Cities Program to integrate science, spatial planning, policy, and on-the-ground implementation for “climate-smart” use of trees and forests as part of expanded green infrastructure in cities. Daley’s writing has been featured in media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Huffington Post, Medium, U.S. EPA Environmental Justice blog, GreenBiz, and the American Planning Association’s Recovery News blog.

Daley is a graduate of Peddie School, Brown University, and Vermont Law School where he earned an M.S.E.L. degree summa cum laude.

Dr. Noah Lenstra started Let’s Move in Libraries in 2016 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education, where he is an assistant professor of library and information science. In April 2020, his book Healthy Living at the Library will be published by Libraries Unlimited. As part of his work on this topic, he served on the Public Library Association’s Health Literacy National Advisory Board. He is currently working on an Institute of Museum & Library Services grant-funded project (LG-18-19-0015-19) that will answer the question “How do small and rural public libraries address health and wellness through public programs?” He currently serves on the Physical Activity Research Center’s Activating Rural America Advisory Group. He writes a monthly blog post on this topic for the ALA’s Public Programs Office. His research on these topics have been published in Library Quarterly, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, and the Journal of Library Administration, among others. He is an active member of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and the ALA’s Public Library Association. He earned his PhD from the University of Illinois in Library and Information Science in 2016.