Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series


Welcome to the 9th Annual UCF Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series!

Spring 2019

The 9th Annual Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series spring lecture will take place on Thursday, March 28th at the UCF Downtown Executive Development Center. The lecture will begin at 6:30 PM and will be preceded by a networking happy hour at 5:30PM.

This semester we have the pleasure of welcoming nationally recognized public health, planning, and transportation consultant, Mark Fenton.

Free and open to public. Seating is limited. RSVP below.
*Some attendees may be eligible to receive AICP credits.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

UCF Downtown Executive Development Center within the Ying Academic Center - Auditorium
36 West Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Social Hour and Networking
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Light Appetizers and Cash Bar

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 



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Topic and Distinguished Lecturer

Distinguished Lecturer
Mark Fenton

Does Address Determine Life Expectancy? The Role of Community Design in Economic, Environmental, and Public Health. 

Professionals tell us it’s clear that Americans must be more physically active, but it’s also very clear that simply telling people to exercise is not working. Increasingly planners, engineers, and public works departments are sought as allies in the effort to create “healthier” communities by design. In this thought-provoking and entertaining presentation Mark Fenton will explore whether there’s any evidence that contemporary planning and design actually matters to community well-being, and the related impacts on economic vibrancy and environmental sustainability. And he’ll share a handful of practical lessons from over two decades of simply trying to get people to walk and bicycle more.

About Marke Fenton

Mark is planning consultant and 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 has consulted with the University of North Carolina’s National Center for Safe Routes to School and Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center, and has led training and planning processes for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-friendly designs in communities across the US, Canada, and Australia.

An important conduit for this work is providing technical assistance to communities funded through the Centers for Disease Control and other obesity prevention and community health programs. He studied engineering and biomechanics at the Massachusetts Institute Technology (BS & MS) and US Olympic Training Center, was manager of the Human Performance Laboratory at Reebok, and has published numerous articles and books related to exercise science, physical activity promotion, and the need for community, environmental, and public policy interventions to increase active transportation


Thank you to our sponsors!

Metroplan Orlando

GAI Consulants

Ustler Group of Companies

Orlando Meto Sectionr


Early sign up has been closed. But there are still seats avaiable for the lecture. You can still join us tonight for the lecture. See you there!