Prof. Botchwey details Green Health tools for back to school

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“This month, over 55,000,000 K-12 students across the nation return to school, and less than 16 percent of them will walk or bike to get there each day (National Center for Education Reform Statistics 2013; US EPA 2003),” prof. Nisha Botchwey writes in her recent piece for Planetizen. She elaborates on the importance of schools for planning, noting their interaction with other planning-related considerations include physical activity, community development and engagement, food consumption, land use, and the environment. In particular, she believes Green Health practice needs to be promoted, as outlined in the summer issue of JPER which is a compilation of conversations and research on this topic. The Green Health Symposium presents a number of policies, strategies, and recommendations to help guide these issues. “Green Health opens up new ways of strategically assessing the current state of schools and their surrounding communities,” writes Botchwey. “This toolkit is a very valuable resource for planners.”

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School of City & Regional Planning

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biking, community, green health, JPER, K-12, planning, Schools, symposium, walking
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  • Created On: Sep 10, 2014 - 8:28am
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