Meeting Archive:
Hide and Seek: Where is Your School and How Do You Get There?


Meeting Description:


The ability of children to bike or walk to school is impacted both by the location of their school as well as the safety of their route. State and local school siting policies can encourage school modernization and construction guidelines that make walking and cycling to school more feasible. Safe routes to school and school siting guidelines within the framework of broader sustainable community development will be discussed during this webinar. Experts will also offer effective tactics for community leaders, schools, and parents to help more children safely walk and bicycle to school.

Details
Date: Thu, Sep 23, 2010
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): RWJF Center
 Presenter Information
Robert Ping, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, State Network Director
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Robert Ping is the State Network Director for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership. Robert was nominated to the National SRTS Task Force in 2005. He was formerly the SRTS Program Director for Oregon’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and Program Manager for Portland’s SRTS program serving 19 schools.


Renee Kuhlman, Director of Special Projects, National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Center for State and Local Policy
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Renee Kuhlman provides guidance, policy analysis, and advocacy training to those working to encourage sustainable communities. She directs the "Helping Johnny Walk to School: Sustaining Communities through Smart Siting Policies" project which encourages more community-centered schools through grants, technical assistance, and educational materials.


Jennifer Lopez, Kern County Community Lead, Greenfield Walking Group
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Jennifer Lopez serves as the Kern County Community Lead for the California Endowment's Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP), an initiative of the California Endowment. CCROPP links eight counties in the Central Valley to leverage the strength of the region through partnerships with health departments and community members. CCROPP addresses access to healthy eating and active living  through environmental and policy change. Jennifer works with the Greenfield Walking Group which serves as Kern Counties Obesity Prevention Task Force. 


Daniel B. Reimer, Deputy Director, RWJF Center (moderator)
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Dan Reimer oversees all operation and program activities for the RWJF Center.  Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director of Public Health for the City of Fort Worth from 2000 to 2009. He directed a unique neighborhood outreach program that positioned teams of community health nurses and grassroots community workers in stations around the city to support the work of neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations, and school groups (read more).