This year’s Encore Leadership Corps’ Summit, which will take place at Point Lookout Resort in Northport on May 21 and 22, will feature a presentation by Dan Burden, a nationally-recognized expert on strategies for creating pedestrian and bicycle friendly communities.

The Executive Director of Walkable and Livable Communities, Burden has spent more than 35 years helping the world get “back on its feet” and his efforts have not only earned him the first-ever lifetime-achievement awards issued by the New Partners for Smart Growth and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, but in 2001, Burden was named by TIME magazine as “one of the six most important civic innovators in the world.” In 2009, a user’s poll by Planetizen named Burden as one of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers of all time.

In 2009, Burden co-founded the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute with Director of Education Sarah Bowman to create a focus on education, capacity building and training to support communities in becoming more engaged and healthier through active living.

During his presentation, Burden will explain how walkability and livability benefit a community and participants will leave with an expanded toolkit from which to build healthier neighborhoods.

Other speakers at the Summit this year include Linda Silka, Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, who will discuss how diverse organizations can find commonalities that make it possible to work together to strengthen communities, and Nancy Smith, Director of GrowSmart Maine, who will explore Charting Maine’s Future, which was released in the fall of 2006 and attracted the enthusiasm of people across the state with a common vision of Maine’s promise.

For more information, visit encoreleaders.org.

ENCorps is a free leadership program for volunteers older than 50, working in the areas of healthy living, healthy environments and healthy economy. ENCorps is a program of the University of Maine Center on Aging in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation.