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2014: Built Environment – Foundation

for Cleaner Air


- SUNDAY FEB 23, 2014 -

FREE Public Speaker

Art Gallery of Hamilton

The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion



123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON



2 PM. – 4 P.M.

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Dr. Stephen Kellert

Dr. Stephen Kellert, author of Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World (2013); Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together (2012); Biophilic Design: The Theory, Science, and Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life (2008), and the Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, explores understanding the connection between nature and humanity with a particular interest in environmental conservation and sustainable design and development. 

 He has authored more than 150 publications, received the 2008 American Publishers Professional and Scholarly Best Book of Year Award in Architecture and Urban Planning for the book Biophilic Design; and the 2005 Outstanding Research Award for contributions to theory and science, from the North American Association for Environmental Education. He also completed with Bill Finnegan in 2011, a 60-minute documentary video, “Biophilic Design: the Architecture of Life” ( He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bio-Logical Capital, a firm that invests in and implements sustainable land uses on large landscapes, as well as he was a founding partner of Environmental Capital Partners, a private equity company investing in the environmental sector.



- MONDAY FEB 24 , 2014-


Upwind Downwind Conference: Built Environment- Foundation

For Cleaner Air

8am – 5pm


Sheraton Hotel – downtown Hamilton


2nd Floor



- Agenda -


8:00- 8:30 AM         

Registration & Welcome


8:30 AM        


Welcome – Brian Montgomery, Clean Air Hamilton


Welcome – Dr. Elizabeth Richardson – Medical Officer of Health, Hamilton Public Health Services


Welcome – Gerry Davis, General Manager, Hamilton Public Works






9:00 AM


Dr. Karen Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC Adjunct Professor, Schools of Public Health, University of Toronto and University of Alberta; Director of Built Environment and Active Design, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (



Integrating health, active transportation and land use planning.


Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are now the leading causes of death globally.  Obesity and type 2 diabetes are epidemic and continue to rise.  There is now ample evidence that the built environment - our human-made environment including buildings, streets, neighborhoods and their amenities - impacts the risk factors like physical inactivity.  In this session, Dr. Karen Lee will present about these issues and the award-winning innovative work being done in jurisdictions like New York City to translate the health evidence into effective policies and practices that have started to achieve multiple impacts, from a reversal of childhood obesity to improvements in environmental quality and economic outcomes.



10:30 AM


Health Break & Network



11:00 AM


Mike Lydon, CNU-A The Street Plans Collaborative, author The Open Streets Project and Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol.1 and Vol.2. and co-author  The Smart Growth Manual (2009)


Cities and Citizens: How Tactical Urbanism Is Changing the North American City 


Tactical Urbanism is a global movement championing low-cost, often temporary actions to catalyze long-term change in the built environment. This scalable approach to citymaking is used to make dangerous intersections safer for people, fill vacant storefronts with new businesses, and even build new street car lines.  Mike Lydon, Principal of The Street Plans Collaborative, will provide an overview of Tactical Urbanism and how it's being applied in Hamilton and beyond. 



12:00 PM


Lunch & Network





Air Quality Management and Land Use Planning Stream:

Transportation: Implementation and Action Stream:

1:00 PM

Dr. Paolo Zannetti, QEP, The EnviroComp Institute


Cost-benefit optimization approach to air pollution management.


A discussion on the use of air quality modeling techniques linked with cost-benefit analyses. The methodology provides decision makers with user-friendly, optimization tools capable of channeling investments and efforts in air quality control toward the achievement of most cost-effective results.


What is happening in Hamilton?


A panel of speakers focussing on the experience of Hamilton with complete streets and other transportation initiatives


Hamilton has begun to explore Complete Streets – streets designed for all road users including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and auto-drivers. Transportation emissions have a large impact on local air quality and Complete Streets designs can have a significant positive impact. This concurrent session will present successful case examples on how to develop Complete Streets in Hamilton from Policy to Implementation. 


Peter Topalovic, City of Hamilton, Smart Commute Hamilton

Steve Molloy, City of Hamilton, Pedestrian Master Plan


Justin Jones, Yes We Cannon

Sara Mayo, Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton


Norma Moores, IBI, Facilitator


2:00 PM


Break & Network

2:30 PM

Planning with Climate Change and Sustainability: A Municipal Perspective


A panel of Ontario municipalities focused on experiences with integrating climate change and sustainability into municipal planning. The accomplishments, the struggles, lessons learnt and where things are going in their municipalities.


Stev Andis, MCIP, RPP, Senior Policy Planner, Town of Ajax

Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Ajax's Official Plan


Tony Iacobelli, MSc, MCIP, RPP, Senior Environmental Planner, City of Vaughn


Michelle Dobbie, Town of Richmond Hill


Brian Kelly, Region of Durham  


Transportation Action Workshop:


Attendees will participate in a transportation action workshop to move complete streets from theory to implementation.


Norma Moores, IBI, Facilitator


Gain local and international insights with an accredited workshop guide and help build on Hamilton’s policy success.  The information presented will no only benefit Hamiltonians but will be transferable to other cities wishing to explore more robust Complete Street designs.



4:00 PM

Dr. Karen Lee, MD, MHSc, FRCPC Adjunct Professor, Schools of Public Health, University of Toronto and University of Alberta; Director of Built Environment and Active Design, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (


Closing – what have we learnt about built form, health, air quality, climate change and transportation needs today? What can we do better?


Report back from Afternoon Plenary streams



4:30 PM


5:00 PM



Post Conference Networking Event with Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network
The George Hamilton Restaurant and Bar (152 King Street West, Corner of King and Bay)

Come to The George for dinner and drinks and to continue the conversation generated at the Upwind Downwind Conference. The Hamilton Sustainability Professionals Network
invites you to connect with conference attendees and members of the Hamilton sustainability community. Guest speaker at 6:30pm.
Please RSVP




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