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INFOGRAPHIC: TRUE FULL COST OF CAR COMMUTING
-> Investmentzen published an intrographic, The True Cost Of Car Commuting To Work (Hint: It's A Lot More Than You Think). It calculates the costs/ mile of driving to work and time lost in wages. Over a 30-year career, an 11-mile car commute can mean these expenses otherwise invested could have generated over $1,000,000 in retirement savings. http://bit.ly/2ltlFRs
INTERACTIVE AIR QUALITY MAP
-> Mashable reports on API, a new interactive map from BreezoMeter that delivers real-time information on air pollution along with hourly forecasts and helpful weather-related health and fitness recommendations. Its data is drawn from "official air quality sensors" placed across cities that monitor airborne particles and combined with information on wind, weather and traffic conditions. The map can help users choose the cleanest park for a picnic or a running route, or review pollen levels. http://on.mash.to/2ltivgw
APP TRACKS POLLUTION FROM EACH JOURNEY
-> IFP Energies Nouvelles developed the Geco air app. This app is a "clean mobility" barometer designed to make users more aware of the environmental impact of their journeys. It shows them how they can make an individual difference and reduce their own emissions by improving their driving styles, or using bicycle or transit modes. The app gives users a "mobility score" every day and after every journey via an objective measurement tool expressed in Pollutant Points (POP). http://bit.ly/2kUdf7h
FREE ONLINE COURSE ON HIA & THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
-> MIT Open Courseware offers its free Healthy Cities: Assessing Health Impacts of Policies and Plans class. (http://bit.ly/2kSVDso) This class examines the built, psychosocial, economic, and natural environment factors that affect health behaviors and outcomes. Students will be introduced to tools designed to integrate public health considerations into policy making and planning, and will be given hands-on training on the application of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) methodology. This class is designed to prepare graduate students from planning and policy fields to interface with public health organizations, agencies, or advocacy groups in professional contexts.
ADVANCING EQUITY THROUGH HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
-> The SOPHIA (Society of Practioners of Health Impact Assessment) Equity Working Group created a planning and evaluation framework entitled, How to Advance Equity through Health Impact Assessments. (http://bit.ly/2m7pTl7) This tool describes equity as a core value of HIA, and includes a 6-step HIA Equity Planning Tool, and an HIA Equity Evaluation Tool.
EPA: COMPREHENSIVE HIA TOOLS & RESOURCES
-> The US EPA offers an extensive list of tools and resources to help guide HIA practitioners at all levels of experience. The list will eventually become part of the agency's HIA roadmap, which is one component of an even larger risk-assessment and decision-making tool currently under development. http://bit.ly/2kSL0G2
TEDX: GENERAL THEORY OF WALKABILITY
-> In a 2013 TEDx MidAtlantic presentation, Jeff Speck described 4 things that have to happen simultaneously to make a city walkable: a proper reason to walk; the walk has to be safe and feel safe; the walk has to be comfortable and the walk has to be interesting. http://bit.ly/2lYxORo
US WALK TO WORK INTERACTIVE MAP
-> Using 2011 American Community Survey data, Governing created Walk to Work: Commuting Statistics, Metro Area Map for more than 300 US metro areas. http://bit.ly/2m61dZZ
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & BUILDING PUBLIC TRUST
-> ICMA (International City/County Management Association) released an e-book describing the tools needed to tackle wicked problems by helping to build and maintain public trust, plan for bumps in the road, and develop relationships with residents to mitigate alienation, anger, and a lack of trust (Community Engagement and Building Public Trust: http://bit.ly/2m60J6j, free download after registration) It includes case examples from cities and counties that have met the challenges of change, along with advice and lessons learned from experts in the field.
BEST WORKPLACES FOR COMMUTERS RESOURCES
-> Best Workplaces for Commuters named 231 U.S.-based companies to receive 2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters national recognition. To be designated among the nation's Best Workplaces for Commuters, employers must provide benefits that result in at least 14% of their employees no longer driving alone to and from work within a 12-month period. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research with support from the National Center for Transit Research and Florida DOT. The program offers workplaces of all sizes access to a range of support services to promote non-driving commuting, including online organizational assessment , webinars, staff trainings and an online business calculator (http://bit.ly/2luijha). http://bit.ly/2lulkhj
INFOGRAPHIC: MODAL IMPACTS OF BIKESHARE
-> The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies published "The Modal Impacts of Bikeshare." This infographic considers bikeshare users are more likely to also use other forms of public transit and compares the context and bikeshare programs in Washington, DC and Minneapolis, MN. http://bit.ly/2lYjbxt
CHILDREN'S INTRO TO URBAN PLANNING
-> Planetizen offers a children's book to introduce them to urban planning (Where Things Are From Near to Far: http://bit.ly/2lsXp1T). The 22-page illustrated book is based on the urban-to-rural transect, which divides cities into six different zones ranging from rural countryside to dense skyscrapers.