Richard Jackson, speaker at annual fall event, just honored with the Heinz Award

Honored for work on health consequences of urban design

Richard Jackson, the featured speaker at the Ecology Center’s annual fall event on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 4, has just been named a winner of the Heinz Award, one of the leading honors in the country for his work on environmental issues.

Jackson is an engaging speaker and a scholar whose work has reached a national audience through his role as author, host and narrator of the Public Broadcasting Service series Designing Healthy Communities.Tickets are available now for the dinner and presentation, which will be held at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor.

"Jackson's work is particularly relevant to Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan as communities work to improve their transit systems, develop local food systems, reenergize downtowns and neighborhoods, and make their streets more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists," according to Ecology Center director Michael Garfield.

Jackson, one of the country’s most influential scholars on environmental health and its role in the design of sustainable communities, is professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health.

"As a pediatrician and public health physician, Dr. Jackson has had a distinguished career calling attention to environmental risks and their impact on our health," according to the Heinz Award citation. "His latest work has sparked a national conversation on the relationship between rising health risks and the way we design our communities."

The event will include a reception and dinner. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information on becoming a sponsor or host, contact Jenn Ketz at

EcoLink — Sept 2012 Ecolink
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