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On November 27th, 2012, green urban planner and infrastructure specialist, Gil Penalosa, came to UTPA to discuss how to make the Rio Grande Valley a “lively city built around people and communities”. Creating presentations about events on campus was part of my job as academic mentor for the Sophomore Academic Mentoring program at the University of Texas – Pan American. The intention of this presentation was to provide my SAM protégés (assigned sophomore students with the same major as me) a brief summary about this event held on campus. In the presentation, anyone will learn about the importance of creating a network of sidewalks and bike routes in any city or town. In addition, a series of samples which he emphasized during his speech are before-and-after photos of cities that have transformed their environments by putting people first in urban planning to advance economic development, public health, environment, recreation, and mobility.