Did You Know?

Half of school children walked or biked to school in 1969, but only 13 percent were doing it in 2009.

Free Lunchtime Lecture Tomorrow on Walkable Urbanism and the Green Future of Cities

Active Trans is excited to offer the public an opportunity to see two national leaders in the sustainable cities movement speak at a free lunchtime lecture tomorrow. Come learn about the connection between transportation, urban planning and sustainability.

“Sustainability points us toward a future lived locally in one's neighborhood — getting around on foot, bike and transit.” This quote from Doug Farr in the Chicago Tribune last year gives us a peek at his deep understanding of the Active Trans vision. Doug Farr is the founding principal and president of Farr Associates, an award-wining architecture and urban planning firm with the distinction of being the first in the world to have designed three LEED Platinum buildings. Farr Associates is also a past winner in the Bike to Work Week commuter challenge.

Carol Coletta is president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders co-founded by Mayor Richard Daley and headquartered in Chicago. She also brings a great perspective to our vision, shedding light on the economic and environmental benefits of livable communities that encourage walking, biking and transit.

Walkable Urbanism and the Green Future of Cities
Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL
April 8, 2010, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Free and open to the public

As America struggles with sustainability, cities can play a central role in reducing our carbon emissions. Discover the importance of healthy urban places that enable residents to walk, bike and take transit. Learn how cities are going green with high-performance infrastructure and buildings combined with planning strategies that reduce driving. Doug Farr and Carol Coletta will address why urbanism is a key solution and how cities and urban planners are building a greener future.

Presented by the Active Transportation Alliance and Friends of the Parks as part of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Creative Living in the City lecture series.