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Leader in Sustainable Communities to Discuss Transportation

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, David A. Goldberg will speak about the new federal transportation bill and what it means for people's health.

February 3, 2012

On Wednesday, February 8, 2012, David A. Goldberg will speak about the new federal transportation bill and what it means for people's health. Goldberg has been a leader in the movement for sustainable communities and transportation reform for over a decade. His talk, entitled "The New Federal Transportation Bill: Implications for Health and Safety," will be at the University of Washington in the Health Sciences Center, Room H-670. This discussion is part of the Healthy Places Research Group series, which invites speakers monthly during the academic year.

The timing of Goldberg's talk couldn't come at a more crucial time. The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is busy with legislation in the US House about transportation reform. It is the largest transportation reform bill since the interstate highway system was created in 1956. So, not surprisingly, this bill will have tremendous impact on the health of communities, the accessibility of active transportation, and the direction of our local, state, and national transportation networks.

According to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act will reform and streamline programs, cut red tape in the project approval process, increase states' flexibility in determining their most critical transportation needs, and encourage private sector participation in financing and rebuilding infrastructure. Goldberg will discuss this new bill and its implications for health and safety.

Goldberg is currently the Communications Director for Transportation for America. Previously, Goldberg was the Communications Director for Smart Growth America, where he assisted dozens of organizations at the national, state and local levels in developing winning messages and building a movement around those issues. He is the author of Choosing Our Community's Future: A citizen's guide to getting the most from development and Rethinking the American Dream, a popular handbook for journalists covering planning issues.

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Department of Urban Design and Planning invite you to attend the monthly meeting of the Seattle Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG). This group welcomes public health and planning faculty, researchers, students, practitioners, and others interested in exploring the relationship between the built environment and the health of communities.

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