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Natural Awakenings Chicago

Planning for a Sustainable Future

Sep 26, 2016 03:34PM

Leaders from more than a dozen north and northwest suburban communities will convene for a discussion of Active Design in our communities from 1 to 3 p.m., October 4, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, with local and national experts on the safety, health, economic, environmental and social benefits of designing communities that promote physical activity.

       Summit speakers include nationally renowned active transportation advocate Mark Fenton and Eric Chehab, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and the clinical lead of its OrthoHealth program. A panel of local community leaders will present examples of Complete Street Ordinance enhancements in their home towns and strategies for funding healthier places for walking and bicycling. This summit is intended for local city and municipal government officials, school and park district representatives and those interested in learning more about active community design, including municipal planners, parents and parent/teacher organization members, school transportation companies, hospital staff, faith communities, police, public works staff, builders, architects and property developers.

       Fenton is a national public health, planning and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and former host of the America’s Walking series on PBS television. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness. To see Fenton discussing the four elements of healthy community design and how the Three P’s—program, project and policy—impact change, view a short video at nspapph.org/resources/video.html.

       This event is sponsored by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, hosted by the Chicago Botanic Garden and facilitated by Go Green Wilmette, Wilmette Citizens for Active Transportation and the Consortium of North Suburban Environmental Groups (CONSEG).

Admission is free, but registration is required at Tinyurl.com/ActiveDesignSummit. Location: 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe. Parking fee waived for event participants. For questions, email Anne Nagle, M.D., at [email protected].