​​​​​Sustainable Growth Webinars​


Sustainable Growth Webinar Series

Past Webinars​​

The Affordable City​: Supply, Stability, and Subsidy — and Lessons Since 2020

Recorded February 22, 2024​​​​


​During this webinar, Shane reviewed the core principles of the housing crisis, his Three S’s approach, and what lessons he has learned since his book was originally published in 2020. 

Climate Resilience for an Aging Nation

Reco​rded D​​ecember 5, 2023


Danielle Arigoni uplifts the often-ignored needs of older Americans in her new book Climate Resilience for an Aging Nation. Arigoni outlines how to create safer, more livable communities in a changing world by integrating aging considerations into community planning and disaster preparedness efforts. 
Danielle discussed the unique needs of older adults and how to meet the challenges they face through new planning approaches, including an age-friendly process and a planning framework dedicated to inclusive disaster recovery.

Beyond Greenways: The Next Step for City Trails and Walking Routes

Recorded October 31,​ 2023​


Greenways expert Robert Searns wants to change that. He envisions communities that provide more accessible pathways, wide enough for two people to stroll together, that stitch together urban and suburban areas. He brings this vision to life in his new book, Beyond Greenways: The Next Step for City Trails and Walking Routes. In this webinar, Robert discussed the tools needed to develop successful and affordable plans for more trails.

Walkinar 4: Equity​

Recorded October 26, 2023


Panelists Michael Rodriguez, AICP,  Director of Research at Smart Growth America, Matt Johnson, AICP, Bikeways Coordinator for the Division of Transportation Engineering, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, and Charles L. Marohn, Jr., Founder and President of Strong Towns and Author, discussed equity issues in walking design and how to improve not just the designs of roads, sidewalks, and transit stops for people with vision disabilities but also the planning and design processes.

Walkinar 3: Maryland Initiatives

Recorded October 19, 2023


Panelists Molly Porter, AICP, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner for the Regional and Intermodal Planning Division of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), Doug Mowbray, Data Program Manager for the Maryland Highway Safety Office, and Chester Harvey, Director of the Transportation Policy Research Group at the National Center for Smart Growth, presented walkable urban design and its implications for multimodal transportation and placemaking.

​​​Walkinar 2: Infrastructure and Safety

Recorded October 12, 2023


Panelists Edward Erfurt, Director of Community Action at Strong Towns, Wesley Mitchell, PE,  Senior Vice President / Mid-Atlantic Transportation Planning lead, and Kathryn Hendley, AICP, Lead Transportation Planner, presented the future of infrastructure and safety for walking.​

Walkinar 1: National and State Perspectives

Recorded October 5, 2023


Panelists Mike McGinn, Executive Director for  America Walks, and Mike Watson, Director for Liveable Communities at AARP, discussed trends in walkability at the national level, in particular the increased funding available for safe streets and new initiatives for safer vehicles. Mike also shared ways in which individuals can help build momentum in their local communities for more walkable, accessible places.​

Inclusive Transportation -- Rethinking Transportation Planning and Engineering

Recorded September 19, 2023


​How are accessible transportation plans created and successfully executed? They start by serving people over cars and disrupting the status quo of the transportation industry. They look at the past injustice that transit projects created while elevating current practices to do the hard work involved in making safer and more useful systems. Veronica Davis, author of Inclusive Transportation: A Manifesto for Repairing Divided Communities, and Lynn Peterson, author of Roadways for People: Rethinking Transportation Planning and Engineering, shared their decades of collective transportation experience in this webinar.

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