Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Meeting Reminder: Creating Healthier Communities Through Design: The Benefits of Active Design for Business & Real Estate Development


Creating Healthier Communities Through Design: The Benefits of Active Design for Business & Real Estate Development

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Meeting Description:

Creating healthier, more active communities, streets, and buildings doesn’t just help address the growing obesity epidemic and the related surge in chronic diseases facing the U.S. and countries across the globe.  In an increasingly mobile world, healthier community design is essential to attracting people and businesses, growing economic development, and creating jobs. More than ever, people are putting a premium on places that offer transportation choices, recreation opportunities, and healthy, fresh food options—and the business and real estate community can help meet this growing demand. This webinar will explore the business case for active, healthy communities, as well as the role that companies in Atlanta, New York City, and other communities across the country are playing in these issues.

Date & Time

Date: Tue, Sep 27, 2011
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Kate Rube
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 Presenter Information

Hugh Morris

Hugh Morris, LEED AP, AICP works for the Smart Growth Program at the National Association of Realtors, where he assists state and local Realtor® associations in developing smart growth programs.  After graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Urban Planning, Hugh spent five years with a transportation consulting firm, Barton-Aschman Associates, working on transit plans, travel demand forecasting models, and travel surveys.  He spent the next two years working for an energy efficiency think tank, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and then ten years with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, helping communities convert abandoned railroad corridors into hiking and biking trails.  Hugh has contributed to the American Planning Association’s  Planning and Urban Design Standards, as well as Trails for the 21st Century: a planning, design, and management manual, published by Island Press. 

Kevin Green

Kevin Green is the President and CEO of Midtown Alliance, a network of influential business and community leaders who focus on promoting economic development and enriching quality of life in the city center of Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Midtown Alliance, Kevin served as Executive Director of The Clean Air Campaign, where he worked in partnership with transportation management associations and more than 2,000 public and private employers, schools and universities to implement programs to improve air quality and reduce traffic. Prior to that, Kevin was Vice President of Environmental Affairs with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he managed public-private initiatives that resulted in the creation of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District and the Livable Communities Coalition – where more than 50 organizations work collaboratively to advance smart growth in metro Atlanta.

Lee Sobel
Lee Sobel is the Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst in the US EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities (the Smart Growth program). Lee’s work focuses technical assistance, outreach and education, and research and policy, related to real estate development that achieves smart growth goals and outcomes. Prior to joining the EPA, Lee was a Senior Associate in the Miami office of CB Richard Ellis’ Investment Property Group, selling shopping centers and retail property throughout Florida. Mr. Sobel has been an active commercial real estate and mortgage broker in Florida for over eight years. Mr. Sobel is the author of Greyfields Into Goldfields; Dead Malls Become Living Neighborhoods, and co-author of This Is Smart Growth and Getting To Smart Growth II.

Joanna Frank
Joanna Frank is Director of the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program, a joint initiative of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and the Department of City Planning that provides incentives for the development of grocery stores in underserved communities in the city.  Prior to joining NYCEDC, Joanna spent the last five years as Co-Founder and Partner of Bright City Development, where she oversaw the construction of a LEED-certified grocery store in Brooklyn, NY.



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