Sustainable Communities and Universal Design

American Public Transportation Association


Tuesday, August 8, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT

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Cities and towns across the country are embracing public transportation as the catalyst to create thriving communities where people want to live, work, and play. Urban design initiatives, like transit-oriented communities (TOCs), Complete Streets, and universal design, provide opportunities to increase livability, improve health and sustainability, and create greater accessible by all and barrier to none.


Maria V. Zimmerman

Principal, MZ Strategies, LLC, Richmond, VA

Kari Hewitt

Director of Sustainability, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), Watertown, MA Read More

Mark Olinger

Director of Planning and Development Review, City of Richmond, Richmond, VA Read More

Christopher Zimmerman

Christopher Zimmerman is SGA’s Vice President for Economic Development, and Director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. Much of his work focuses on the economic and fiscal impact of development policies on localities and regions. Prior to joining SGA, for two decades Chris was intimately involved in planning ... Read More

Sally Swanson

CEO, Sally Swanson Architects, Inc, San Francisco, CA Read More

Tian Feng


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