The Leadership Council is a core group of national organizations dedicated to fostering healthy places for healthy people by building a broad-based movement at the local, state and national levels to support active transportation in all relevant policies.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for issues that matter most to families such as health care, employment and income security, retirement planning, afforable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news, and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.AARP.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Espanol, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affilited charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income, and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands.
The American Public Health Association
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. The Association aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA recognizes that effective transportation and land-use strategies can not only improve the health and well-being of Americans but also decrease demand on an already overextended health care system. APHA champions primary prevention by promoting the scientific foundation of public health policy and evidence-based practices to increase opportunities for active transportation.
America Walks (AW) is a national nonprofit organization that works collaboratively to make America a great place to walk. We foster walkable communities by engaging, educating and connecting diverse stakeholders to advance policies and implement effective community campaigns. Our vision is by 2020, walking in everyday life is embraced across America. Streets and neighborhoods are safe and attractive public places that encourage people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and incomes to walk for transportation, exercise and recreation. Walkable community policies promote health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability and social equity.
LOCUS is the national coalition of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, equitable, walkable development in America’s metropolitan areas. Around the country, real estate developers and investors recognize pent-up demand for and a market shift toward sustainable, walkable urban places. Homebuyers and businesses increasingly want smart growth development and LOCUS members understand these trends. Despite this market momentum, many local, state and federal policies currently in place hamper efforts to create the development our consumers want and which support strong local economies. LOCUS serves as a vital real estate development voice that guides public policy towards market driven trends that are more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable for America’s future. As real estate developers and investors, LOCUS members bring hands-on experience and expertise on how America can create more jobs, increase property values and provide sustainable economic growth.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. As the voice of more than 150,000 members and supporters, RTC advocates for trail-friendly policies at the federal, state and local levels, as well as in the courts, and works at the forefront of trail development in communities of all sizes, rural and urban, around the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with four regional offices, RTC is committed to promoting active transportation as a cost-effective means of improving mobility, increasing access to transportation choices, facilitating regular physical activity, generating economic vitality, reducing congestion and air pollution, and so much more.