Activation: Urban Design

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

Moderator: TBD


  • Chris Chandler, Cities Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Eva Lizette Garcia, Planner, City of Brownsville, TX (2018 Emerging Leader)
  • 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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