Activation: The Built Environment

With the vast majority of Americans currently living in developed areas, creating new ways to connect citizens to nature is a fundamental component of addressing nature deficit disorder. This panel looks at the innovative approaches to municipal design that are being implemented to engage the full spectrum of America’s populations.

Moderator: Eva Lizette Garcia, Planner, City of Brownsville, TX (2018 Emerging Leader)


  • Chris Chandler, Cities Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jasmine Stammes, Healthy Eating and Active Living Coordinator, The Conservation Fund (2018 Emerging Leader)
  • Avery Harmon, Community Outreach Coordinator, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy  (2018 Emerging Leader)
  • Attila Bality, National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (2018 SHIFT Award Official Selection)

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