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CNU 18 News: Register Now and Tap Into the Benefits of Healthy, Vital Communities

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Master the urbanist remedies for our ailing communities at CNU's Atlanta
Congress, May 19-22.
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01 CNU 18 Session Details

02 Minimizing CNU18's Carbon Footprint
03 Tour Atlantic Station
04 Atlanta Vignette: Buford Highway


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Transformative Partners:
The Home Depot Foundation Logo

Visionary Partners:
Andy and Laura Heery Prozes
Georgia Tech College of Architecture logo
Cumberland CID logo
Sustainable District
AARP logo Cooper Carry logo

Cousins logo

  Sustainable Cities logo
Elsevier logo   City of Montgomery logo

Walkable Neighborhood
Charles and Ginny Brewer
DMB Associates

While in Atlanta...

During CNU 18, MODA  Museum
of Design Atlanta
just two blocks from the congress hotel - is celebrating
new urbanism
with the exhibition Adapting Suburbs in the Twenty First
, showcasing examples of underperforming suburban sites given livable,
walkable, environmentally-sensitive reincarnations.

Compelling Colloquy: CNU 18
Session Details Now Online

Detailed descriptions of
the majority of CNU 18 plenaries, seminars and breakout sessions can now be
seen at & Check back often in the coming weeks, as
additional session descriptions are posted.


year, at CNU 17, Victor Dover memorably declared that urbanism alone is a
potential generator of answers for many critical tests facing our country and
its communities.CNU's 18th Congress, meeting in Atlanta from May
, will showcase the innovative work new urbanists and their partners are
doing to deliver solutions that address economic, environmental, energy, social
and health challenges. And co-organized by the Centers for Disease Control and
, which is headquartered in Atlanta, CNU 18 New Urbanism: Rx for Healthy Places will likely be the most robust
union of health professionals and the urban planning and development community
ever held.


diseases associated with sedentary and isolated populations, including obesity,
are one of our major crises. They have a huge impact on families, and make our
healthcare system ever more costly, too. The doubling of driving nationally
between 1983 and 2007, increasingly on auto-centric street systems that are
dangerous by design, has sent injury and mortality rates soaring, exacerbated
mental health problems for isolated non-drivers, and decreased air and water
quality. As CNU 18 chair Ellen Dunham-Jones, a Georgia Tech architecture
professor and co-author of the renowned Retrofitting
has noted, conventional suburbia no longer looks like the most
healthy choice for raising a family, or the most healthy pattern for growth.


urbanists, cooperation with health officials embodied in CNU 18 is highly
strategic. As we show policy makers and the market effective, preventive
alternatives to an overburdened and unsustainable medical sector, demand for
our solutions grows. Besides featuring experts who are pioneering the idea of
healthy communities -  including the
co-authors of the seminal book Urban
Sprawl and Public Health
, Dr. Richard Jackson, Lawrence Frank and Dr. Howard
(CNU 18 honorary chair and Special Assistant to the CDC Director for
Climate and Health) - the Congress will offer opportunities for urbanists to learn
how to apply tools such as Health Impact Assessments which can demonstrate how
walkable mixed-use communities lead to positive health outcomes.


Liaisons from the Centers
for Disease Control working with seasoned CNU, Next Gen and CNU board members,
creating a unique program that reflects the latest research from the CDC, an
emphasis on interactivity and ample time for discussion that will advance
reform. Read and see how the health connection is
invigorating CNU's exploration of topics ranging from retrofitting suburbia and
recession-exiting development models to urban agriculture and lifelong
communities for growing-up-safe and aging-in-place.

Treading Lightly: Minimizing CNU 18's Carbon Footprint

Last year's Congress theme
emphasized urbanism's potential as an environmental remedy. This year, CNU 18
carries on in that spirit through numerous efforts to green the Congress.

Conferences generate a large environmental footprint, measured in carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e). CNU
18 partner VERUS Carbon Neutral anticipates the total amount of energy use for
travel, lodging, meals, lighting, air conditioning, presentations and waste
generated to be 39 metric tons. CNU Atlanta and VERUS have partnered with the
Hilton and local organics expert Farmer D to provide comprehensive recycling
and on-site composting.
These efforts should reduce that carbon footprint by
four metric tons. Also, organizers have made a concerted effort to ensure that
local produce will be integrated into the meals served at the congress.

There are several ways you
can personally participate in greening the congress
, including:

* Recycle, reduce or reuse bottles, cans, and paper

* Walk, bike or use transit whenever possible.
* Purchase Carbon Offsets for the Congress'

environmental footprint.


CNU 18's closing reception will be held at The Shed at Glenwood, popular farm-to-table restaurant located in the Charter
Award-winning brownfield redevelopment Glenwood Park
Not only does The Shed rely on ingredients from local farmers and businesses,
but it also turns out high quality compost - all at a low energy footprint, by
restaurant standards. Owner Cindy Shera and chef Lance Gummere make sure that
the food isn't the only thing sustainable at The Shed. Shera says, "being
sustainable really isn't hard; you just have to think about it." The restaurant
has undergone frequent energy and power audits, implemented solar tinting and
weaving to deflect atmospheric heat, and uses recyclable/reusable takeout
containers. (Soon things may get even greener at the Shed; solar panels, rain
harvesting, and an on-site garden are being studied.) The Saturday night reception, with food by The Shed at Glenwood and an

interactive performance by the locally infamous Seed and Feed Marching
Abominables, is a ticketed event. Find out more here.

Tour highlight: Atlantic

Atlantic Station is one of the country's largest brownfield
. Built on a former steel mill site, the award-winning project
forms a bridge between Atlanta's
vibrant Midtown and Westside neighborhoods. Check out its examples of urban
retail formats
, innovative parking solutions, and mix of housing types, and see
why its transit-oriented design has significantly reduced residents' car use.
Sign up for CNU 18 tours here.

Vignette: Impromptu Internationalism

Buford Highway, once a two-lane rural road, experienced explosive
development during the 1960's and 70's becoming a ribbon of fast food outlets,
strip centers and apartment complexes. In subsequent decades it became a
primary immigrant destination. With populations from both Asia and Latin America, it's an intense collage of ethnic
restaurants, grocery stores, markets and spontaneous interventions
that are
altering the suburban landscape. A look at
this video will whet the appetite of anyone interested in
great cheap food and unique cultural imprints.

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