As a non-profit organization with an educational mission, the WALC Institute focuses on education and outreach to help all types of stakeholders -- resident advocates, policymakers, technical practitioners, grassroots representatives, municipal staff and elected leaders -- to recognize their opportunities to engage in transportation and land-use decisions, and to share their successes, which empowers others.  

The Institute develops educational resources, delivers presentations and conducts outreach to place the tools of walkability, bikeability and livability in the hands of community members seeking to create change. Many of the educational tools we have developed are available to download for free (see below).  

For additional tools, to brainstorm with us about creating new ones, or to support development of tools, please contact us.  

The Imagining Livability Design Collection: A visual portfolio of tools and transformations (produced in partnership with AARP)

The Imagining Livability Design Collection is a Platinum Award winner in the Handbook category from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals in their annual MarCom competition. The contest received more than 6,500 entries.

MarCom’s Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding entries in the competition. Platinum Winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness. About 16 percent won this award.

The Imagining Livability Design Collection is a free, educational resource created by the WALC Institute and AARP. The collection is a visual portfolio that illustrates some of the most common and successful tools and treatments for creating age-friendly environments. This tool includes sets of inspirational renderings, or "photo-visions," as well as actual before-and-after images of streets and places that have become healthier, better connected, and more walkable.You will also find information on:

  • A visual glossary of tools,  from short-term through long-range and policy initiatives
  • Rural and local roads
  • Small-town main streets
  • Suburban streets and commercial strips
  • Urban streets and downtowns
  • Back streets and underutilized space

 

Livability Fact Sheets PDF Files (produced in partnership with AARP)

A package of comprehensive, easy-to-read livability resources, these 11 myth-busting fact sheets can be used by community leaders, policy makers, resident advocates and others to learn about and explain what makes a city, town or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages.     

 

Livability Fact Sheets Spanish PDF Files (produced in partnership with AARP)

 

Livability Fact Sheets Online Links (produced in partnership with AARP)

 

Walkable 101: The Walkability Workbook (published in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Project for Public Spaces and AECOM)

The workbook guides community members and leaders through organizing a walkability workshop, conducting a walking audit, and documenting findings. The guide includes a facilitator's guide, presentation slides, a collection of tools, and a walking audit survey tool. (For the PowerPoint slides, please contact us.)

 

Walkable 101:  Town Maker's Guide Posters

These two small posters illustrate best practices in walkability and livability as they relate to site design and school siting. Contact us for high-resolution PDFs.

 

Inspiration to Action: Implementing Projects to Support Active Living (produced in partnership with AARP)

This implementation guide focuses on tools, case studies, key concepts, planning guides and action steps to aid the planning process. That process focuses on building groups, engaging the community, working with local governments, funding projects, and resources.  This guide also provides a step-by-step process to affect change in community health with effective infrastructure and activity in practical ways.

 

Walkable 101: Educational Videos (produced in partnership with Martin County, Florida)

The WALC Institute was commissioned in 2011 by the Martin County [Florida] Community Redevelopment Agency to produce three educational videos to explain the concepts and benefits of walkability and to describe two successful tools for improving community health, well-being and economic vitality through walkability. 

 

For additional resources and tools from other organizations, subscribe to our newsletter and visit our Walkability in the News page.