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Student Learning and Community Engagement: Assessing Urban Sustainability in Geographic Context

Authors: Susan Berta*, Indiana State University, Sydney Hanchett, Indiana State University
Topics: Sustainability Science, Geography Education
Keywords: Urban Sustainability, Walkable Communities, SURVEY123, Student Learning
Session Type: Poster
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Bikeable and walkable communities support the development of more sustainable communities. Giving students opportunities to assess current conditions in a community has led to an eagerness on their part to develop solutions to the environmental safety epidemic in their community. Students are introduced to community planning concepts for small towns to megacities and explore how a community does/could function. The major objective of this course is to have students become capable evaluators of what works and what needs work to make a community a bikeable and walkable community. Local neighborhoods are assessed using geospatial tools that include ESRI Collector and SURVEY123 (ArcGIS) while borrowing from resources such as AARP-Walk-Audit-Tool-Kit-100416, Smart Growth America Organization’s “Complete Streets”, Great Places 2020 (Indianapolis, IN), Trail Town Assessment, … to evaluate current conditions. Students determine traffic calming strategies and recommendations for implementation.

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