October 02, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Reid Ewing will give the talk, "Growing Cooler," on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is co-sponsored by Bucknell's environmental studies program and Union County's "Cultivating Community: A Plan for Union County's Future" program.

It is based on Ewing's most recent book, Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, which examines the evidence on urban development and its impacts on driving, as well as policy and program changes forthcoming at the local, regional, state and federal levels to make green, compact neighborhoods more available and more affordable.

The book was developed as part of the Urban Land Institute's sustainability initiative, in cooperation with Smart Growth America, Center for Clean Air Policy, and National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education.

National Center for Smart Growth
A research professor at the National Center for Smart Growth, Reid is the associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, a columnist for Planning magazine, and a Fellow of the Urban Land Institute.

Formerly director of the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, he also served two terms in the Arizona legislature and worked on urban policy issues at the Congressional Budget Office. He holds master's degrees in engineering and city planning from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in transportation systems and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Noted author
Reid has authored books for several major planning and development organizations, including Developing Successful New Communities for the Urban Land Institute, Best Development Practices and Transportation and Land Use Innovations for the American Planning Association, and Traffic Calming State-of-the-Practice for the Institute of Transportation Engineers. His next book, due out this year, and published by the American Planning Association, is National Traffic Calming Manual.

The two books for the American Planning Association made him APA's top-selling author for many years. His study of sprawl and obesity received more national media coverage than any planning study before or since and at one time was the most widely cited academic paper in the Social Sciences, according to Essential Science Indicators.

His prior work on smart growth development includes the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED-Neighborhood Development guidelines, the Institute of Transportation Engineers' Recommended Practice for Context-Sensitive Thoroughfares, the National Wildlife Federation's Endangered by Sprawl, and dozens of consulting projects around the United States.

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