Envision launches speaker series with Kaid Benfield on Oct. 14th: People Habitat

Envision Frederick County is very excited to launch our new (and free) speaker series, this Friday evening, with a great presentation from Kaid Benfield, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on how to make cities, towns, and neighborhoods work better for both people and the environment.

The presentation is entitled People Habitat: Thinking About Greener, Healthier Communities, which is the title of his most recent book.

Thank you to the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies at Hood College for co-sponsoring this event!


Kaid serves as senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers LLC, a city and town planning consultancy working across the United States and Canada. He is based in Washington, DC. and has enjoyed periodic visits to Frederick.

Before joining PlaceMakers, Kaid served as a senior attorney and program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council for over 30 years, founding the organization’s sustainable communities program. And he teaches law, policy, and best practices for sustainable communities at the George Washington University School of Law. Kaid’s latest book is People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities, distributed by Island Press.

A longtime leader of the smart growth movement, Kaid co-founded LEED for Neighborhood Development, a national process for defining and certifying smart, green land development under the auspices of the US Green Building Council. Kaid is also a founder and board member of Smart Growth America, a nationwide coalition working on revitalizing cities, building better neighborhoods, and stopping the spread of suburban sprawl.

Kaid was named one of “the most influential people in sustainable planning and development” by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, voted one of the “top urban thinkers” on the leading city planning website, Planetizen.com, and named “one of the top 100 city innovators worldwide” by the website Future Cities.

Kaid is a prolific writer whose portfolio spans several books and frequent articles for The Huffington Post, Sustainable Cities, Better Cities & Towns, CityLab, and NRDC websites. And we have republished many of his essays on the Envision Frederick County site, and encourage you to plug “Benfield” into our search field (above and to the right) to find and read some of his always engaging and insightful writing.


We are fortunate and pleased to have the opportunity to present Kaid to a Frederick County audience, and we hope many of you will join us on Friday evening.

PLEASE NOTE that copies of Kaid’s book: “People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities,” will be available for purchase, and Kaid will be available after the presentation to sign your copy!

Editor’s Note: This blog entry draw extensively from Kaid’s “official” bio, send for this use.

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