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 The Open 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:
Transportation: Implementation and Action Stream:
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
is happening in Hamilton?
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.
Break & Network
use Planning with Climate Change and Sustainability:
panel of Ontario municipalities focused on experiences with
integrating climate change and sustainability into land use planning. The
good, the bad, the ugly.
will participate in a transportation action workshop to move complete streets
from theory to implementation.
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 transferrable 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?