Healthy Built Environment

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The Healthy Built Environment group works to promote active lifestyles by working with policymakers to increase and improve trails, sidewalks, public transit, parks and other community resources. Built environment refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for activity, ranging from buildings and parks to neighborhood streets and transportation systems.

We’re working to promote the development of safe routes for bicycling and walking to school, work, recreation sites and other destinations.

To get involved, fill out the form here.

Work Group Leadership


  • Chair: Jeff Severin, KU Center for Sustainability
  • Chair-elect: Erin Paden, Lawrence-Douglas County Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Past chair: Tim Herndon, Landscape Architect & Urban Planner
  • Communications co-coordinators: Erick Ogwangi and Suzan Hampton
  1. Lawrence earns Silver Walk Friendly Communities designation

    Congrats to the City of Lawrence for receiving a Silver designation from the national Walk Friendly Communities program. Read on...
  2. Celebrate National Trails Day June 3

    Celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Trails Day with the Lawrence Loopers! Read on...
  3. Loop run/walk set for June 17

    Ad Astra Running will host #CompetetheLoop, a free community run/walk, Saturday, June 17. Read on...
  4. NuStep added to LDCHA

    The Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority recently added a NuStep recumbent cross trainer machine to Babcock Place, thanks to a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant. Read on...
  5. Join the National Bike Challenge

    You can represent Douglas County in the National Bike Challenge! Read on...
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