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Oct. 14: Environmental strategy expert to visit campus

FREDERICK, Md.—An international expert on environmental strategy will give a talk Oct. 14 at Hood College.

Kaid Benfield, senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers LLC and senior adviser to the Natural Resources Defense Council will present his talk, “People Habitat: Eight Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Communities,” at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

Benfield teaches law, policy and best practices for sustainable communities at the George Washington University School of Law. He is a co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, co-founder of the Smart Growth America coalition and author of several books on smart growth and sprawl. In 2009, he was voted one of the “top urban thinkers” on, and he was named one of “the most influential people in sustainable planning and development” in 2010 by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. His most recent book, “People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about Greener Cities,” shares 25 essays about the wondrous ecology of human settlement and how to make it better for both people and the planet.

His earlier publications include “Solving Sprawl” and “Once There Were Greenfields,” NRDC’s definitive books about smart growth and sprawl, and “Smart Growth in a Changing World,” published by the American Planning Association.

Sponsored by Hood’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies and Envision Frederick County, a local environmental organization, the event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Drew Ferrier at or 301-696-3660.