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Communication and Public Awareness

2013 COMPASS Education Series

2013 Topics, Speakers, and Schedule:

Presentations are free and open to the public. Please confirm your attendance when requested below. The presentations are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information and for new presentations as they develop throughout the year, please continue to visit this site.

COMPASS ofrece presentaciones públicas y capacitaciones concerniendo un número de temas. Estos son: el crecimiento, el uso de la tierra, la planificación de transporte, y la financiación. Los temas serán de apoyo al plan regional de transporte a largo plazo, Comunidades en Movimiento. Las presentaciones se puedan cambiar. Para obtener la información más reciente y para saber de presentaciones nuevas cuando se desarrollan, favor de visitar al sitio de COMPASS o llame al número 475-2229 o  mande un correo electrónico a

Those needing assistance may call 475-2229 with 48 hours advance notice. Personas que necesitan asistencia especial, favor de llamar al número 475-2229 con 48 horas de anticipación.

Mark Fenton (Scituate, Massachusetts)

Co-sponsored by ACHD Commuteride, Activate Treasure Valley, Central District Health, Southwest District Health, and Valley Regional Transit. Thank you!

June 17, 2013: Speak up, Act up, and Step Up: A Call to Support Healthy Community Design

Simply telling people to eat well and exercise more is not stemming the nation’s rising tide of chronic disease and associated health care costs. There is a growing understanding that healthier community designs are needed create real population-level improvements in physical activity and healthy eating. The good news is we know what designs and policies support community health. The challenge is that it is a departure from contemporary “mall and sprawl” style development, and broad public support will be needed to truly change business as usual. This discussion will outline the case for healthy designs, and roles everyone can play in making them not the occasional success, but the rule.

Intended Audience:
This presentation is intended for a general audience.

June 18, 2013: Building Community Health with Sticky Designs

Simply telling people to eat well and exercise more is not stemming the nation’s rising tide of chronic disease and associated health care costs. There is growing evidence that healthier community designs can create real population-level improvements in physical activity and healthy eating. The good news is that these principles also provide associated benefits in economic vibrancy and environmental sustainability. This session will outline the specific policy initiatives successful communities are using, and invite a discussion of the real issues and opportunities for the Treasure Valley.

Intended Audience:
This workshop is intended for planners, community health professionals, economic developers, and others working in related fields.

AICP Credits have been approved for the June 18, 2013, presentation.

Mark Fenton:
Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the America's Walking series on PBS television. He's author of numerous books including the best selling Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness. He was a developer of the University of North Carolina's Safe Routes to School clearinghouse and facilitator for the walkable community workshop series of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking; he now provides technical training and community planning as an independent consultant. He studied biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; was a researcher at the Olympic Training Center's Sports Science Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colorado;  and manager of Reebok's Human Performance Laboratory. Mark is a frequent consultant on bicycle and pedestrian community plans and recognized authority on public health issues.


May 20, 2013: How Rural Economies Complement Urban Economies

As our nation becomes more urban, the important role of rural agricultural areas is often overshadowed by urban areas. As Ada and Canyon Counties include both rural and urban areas, it’s important that we consider both when planning for the future. This presentation will focus on quantifying the value of agriculture in a region and will include issues such as conflicts between farming and other land uses and transportation issues related to farming. Our speaker will be Mr. David Shabazian, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, who will present how that area has worked to enhance rural economic viability.

Intended Audience:
This presentation is intended for a general audience.

May 21, 2013: Urban Meets Rural: Strategies for Comprehensive Regional Planning

As we look to the future of Ada and Canyon Counties, it is imperative to consider both the urban and rural aspects of the region and how those aspects can complement each other. This presentation will focus on several tools developed to assist in regional planning for areas with both urban and rural aspects. The tools address issues such as quantifying the value of agriculture in a region; calculating the projected loss of agricultural land based on future population growth; mapping traffic volume, safety, and other data for key farm-to market roads; and analyzing economic indicators for varying types of agricultural land uses.

Intended Audience:
This workshop is intended for planners, agricultural professionals, economic developers, and others working in related fields. The focus will be on the technical tools developed to address issues related to agricultural economies, conflicts between farming and other land uses, and the relationship between farming and transportation.

AICP Credits have been requested for the May 21, 2013, presentation.

David Shabazian:
David Shabazian has been in the planning field since 1990 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from UC Davis. He spent three years as a planner for the City of Davis before returning to UC Davis in 1996 to earn a master’s degree in Transportation Technology and Policy. His thesis focused on linking land use and transportation planning and he was central in designing and building an urban growth model called UPlan, which is being used in many parts of California for city and regional planning. David has been at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments for 13 years. David was the Deputy Project Manager for the Blueprint: Transportation/ Land Use Study and is the project manager for the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy, a regional effort to enhance rural economic viability and environmental sustainability.

Jim Evanoff, National Park Service, Retired

March 18, 2013: From Yellowstone to Your Home – Success in Sustainability - (view Jim's presentation online)

The presentation will be a journey into the rich history of the world’s first national park and how Yellowstone has emerged as a leader for instituting sound environmental stewardship practices. From recycling to transportation, Yellowstone serves as a model for the region and country in developing innovative approaches to unique challenges. While our local challenges may be different, the “outside the box” approaches to unique problems provide lessons in finding appropriate solutions in any setting.  

Intended Audience:
This presentation is intended for a general audience.

March 19, 2013: Sustainability and Transportation in Yellowstone ― A 141-Year Journey

The National Park Service is mandated to manage its parks in a “sustainable” manner – to allow for the enjoyment of visitors today without compromising the enjoyment of visitors tomorrow. With over 3.6 million visitors per year to Yellowstone National Park, this mandate is a challenge. This presentation will address the obstacles of instituting sustainability initiatives in a remote setting, including the on-going challenge of accommodating over a million vehicles during the summer season and over 20,000 snowmobiles and snow coaches during the winter season. The presentation will describe innovative approaches to the many challenges of achieving sound environmental stewardship. As we explore Yellowstone’s successes and challenges, we’ll discuss how lessons learned in Yellowstone can be put to use locally in the Treasure Valley.

Intended Audience:
This presentation is designed for planners, resource managers, and related professionals interested in exploring innovative solutions to unique problems.

AICP Credits have been approved for the March 19, 2013, presentation.

Jim Evanoff:
Jim Evanoff retired from the National Park Service after 32 years of service. His career involved working in four other National Parks before coming to his final post at Yellowstone National Park in 1988. Jim’s work experiences have included spearheading many of Yellowstone’s environmental programs, with a focus on solid waste management and transportation issues. Though retired, Jim continues to provide guidance to other national parks in achieving sound environmental stewardship. He is also a highly sought after speaker on his unique experiences and “outside the box” initiatives, including serving as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Transportation Research Board’s “Tools of the Trade” Conference.

Linda Clark, US Census Bureau (Los Angeles, CA)

February 25, 2013: What’s Trending Here?

With more than two centuries of data gathering, the Census Bureau is the nation's oldest and largest statistical agency. This session will present national and local demographic trends and demonstrate how you can use local data to impact your communities in a positive way.

Intended Audience:
This presentation is intended for a general (non-technical) audience with a focus on individuals who want to gain a better understanding of what Census data and tools are available and how it can be accessed and used. The information can be particularly relevant for people working for government or nonprofit organizations who need to use Census data in applying for grants and similar applications.

February 26, 2013: Demystifying the Process of Accessing and Using Census Data
Hands-on, technical workshop

In this workshop, participants will create local data tables and thematic maps from a variety of Census Bureau demographic and economic programs. A tour of useful data tools and resources will round out this 3-hour hands-on session. All attendees need to bring a laptop to participate. Outlets are limited, so please bring your laptop fully charged.

Intended Audience:
This technical, hands-on workshop is designed for individuals who use and analyze Census data on a regular basis, or who would like to. Pre-registration (RSVP) is required, and each individual needs to bring his/her own laptop to participate.

AICP Credits have been approved for the February 26, 2013, hands-on technical workshop.

Linda Clark:
Linda Clark is currently the Census Bureau’s Data Dissemination Specialist for the Pacific Northwest, and has conducted more than 300 data training workshops in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  She has held a variety of other positions at the Census Bureau, including area manager for Census 2000 in the San Francisco Bay Area and team leader for the Recruiting Branch at Census Bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Linda also has served as executive director of a large Reform synagogue in the Bay Area and publicity director for a classical music festival.