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 (www.biophilicdesign.net). 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
Dr. Karen Lee, MD,
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 (www.nyc.gov/adg)
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.
Health Break &
Lydon, CNU-A The Street Plans Collaborative, author
Streets Projectand 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 NorthAmericanCity
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.
Lunch & Network
Air Quality Management and Land Use Planning Stream:
Cost-benefit optimization approach to air
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
is happening in Hamilton?
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
with Climate Change and Sustainability: A Municipal Perspective
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.
Gain local and international insights with an accredited workshop
guide and help build on Hamiltons 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.
Dr. Karen Lee, MD,
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 (www.nyc.gov/adg)
what have we learnt about built form, health, air quality, climate change
and transportation needs today? What can we do better?
back from Afternoon Plenary streams
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.