Walking and the Environmental Movement – Joined at the Hip?

Thursday October 29, 2:15 – 3:45pm

The environmental movement in America has many shared objectives with walking and walkability advocates. Mode shift away from cars reduces air emissions, and reducing suburban sprawl means both compact communities that are scaled for walkability and less pressure to develop natural landscapes. To build greater collaboration between the environmental and walkability movements, environmental experts working at the intersection of transportation and urban sustainability will engage with conference participants to discuss how our movements can work together. Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston (whose work is funded by and focused on climate change, public health and transportation issues) will moderate. Deron Lovaas (NRDC – Natural Resources Defense Council), John Olivieri (US PIRG), and Kevin Mills (Rails to Trails Conservancy) will discuss.

Moderator: Wendy Landman, Executive Director, WalkBoston

Panelists:

  • John Olivieri, 21st Century Transportation, National Campaign Director, United States Public Interest Research Group
  • Kevin Mills, Senior Vice President of Policy and Trail Development, Rails to Trails Conservancy
  • Deron Lovaas, Director, Federal Transportation Policy, Energy & Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council