October 30 – Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities – A Conversation With Richard Jackson and Tim Beatley - 12:45 to 2:00 PM EDT

The environment that we construct affects both humans and our natural world in myriad ways. There is a pressing need to create healthy places and to reduce the health threats inherent in places already built. However, there has been little awareness of the adverse effects of what we have constructed-or the positive benefits of well designed built environments.

Join SSF on October 30th in a rare opportunity to listen in on a conversation between two of the thought leaders in public health and urban planning and design — UCLA Professor Richard Jackson, co-author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health and co-editor of Making Healthy Places; and Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia and author of Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism plus several other books on urban and environmental planning.

Urban greening efforts often focus on everything except nature, emphasizing public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of urban living, they are not enough, says Beatley. “We must remember that human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis)”. Any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration of the actual green features and natural life forms.

Beatley and Jackson will discuss creating cities that that are compelling and healthy places to live, work, and play.

Speakers

  • Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a faculty member in the departments of Pediatrics, Urban Planning, and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. A pediatrician and public health leader, he has served as State Health Officer for California and in many other leadership positions in both the environmental health and infectious disease fields. For nine years he was director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, for which he received the Presidential Distinguished Service award
  • Timothy Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and research interests are on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, biodiversity conservation and creative strategies by which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

Georges Benjamin ( American Public Health Association Executive Director ) and Alex Wilson, Founder, BuildingGreen Inc. and Resilient Design Institute, provided context for why we need to be considering resilience in looking at the built environment during the coming decades. Alex gave an overview of practical measures that can be implemented today to create more resilient buildings and communities. These measures included:

• Improvements to the energy performance of building envelopes (ensuring that buildings will maintain habitable temperatures if they lose power)
• Flood-proofing strategies
• Enhancing wind resistance
• Providing access to water, and
• Providing access to some electricity in the event of an extended power outage

This webinar kicked off the series Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities by Antioch University New England and EPA Regions 1 and 2.

  •  Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont, an 18-person company that has served the design and construction industry on environmentally responsible design and construction since 1985. He is author of Your Green Home , and co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate , and the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings. Alex is also a founder of the Resilient Design Institute, which creates solutions that enable buildings and communities to survive and thrive in the face of climate change, natural disasters and other disruptions.
  • Georges Benjamin ( American Public Health Association Executive Director ) is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues having the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available and when the healthy choice is not the easy choice. As executive director of APHA since 2002, he is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation in one generation.

Moderator: Cynthia Greene, Manager, Energy and Climate Unit, U.S. EPA New England

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Often overlooked in the dialogue about how to combat climate change, yet vital to this discussion, are the metrics used for climate accounting. These climate metrics lie at the heart of treaty negotiations, government policies, carbon registries, and corporate goal-setting, and are the basis for evaluating how billions of dollars are invested for carbon offsets and mitigation efforts.

 The climate metrics currently in use worldwide date back to the Kyoto Protocol of 1997.  However, while climate science has progressed significantly since that time, the climate metrics have stood still. We now know much more about the contribution of short-lived climate forcers such as black carbon, the role of climate coolants, the importance of regional hotspots such as the Arctic, and oncoming temperature tipping points.

During this webinar, the presenters* will bring participants up-to-speed on the latest climate science, explain the limits of current climate accounting methods, then describe how new, updated climate metrics can not only overcome these hurdles, but also provide new insights into the identification of effective climate mitigation solutions.

Panelists:

Michael MacCrackenMichael MacCracken, Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs, Climate Institute.

Dr. MacCracken was on assignment as senior global change scientist to the interagency Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in Washington D.C., also serving as its first executive director. Subsequently, he served as executive director of the USGCRP’s National Assessment Coordination Office, which coordinated the efforts of 20 regional assessment teams.

StanleyPRhodesStanley P. Rhodes, Founder and President, SCS Global Services. A Ph.D. chemist, Dr. Rhodes has provided the strategic vision and scientific insight driving SCS Global Services to become one of the world’s leading providers of third party certification and assessment services in the environmental and sustainability fields.  A specialist in life cycle assessment (LCA), he has devoted 20 years to the improvement of life cycle impact assessment methods, including updated climate metrics, and is currently a US LCA expert to the international ISO-TC207 subcommittee on LCA standards (ISO 14040 series).

BillKarsellBill Karsell, Chair, US Sub-Technical Advisory Group (ST5) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) subcommittee on Life Cycle Assessment.

Mr. Karsell is also chair of the national committee developing a life cycle assessment standard under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process (LEO-SCS-002). Mr. Karsell served as Chief of Environmental Services with the Bureau of Reclamation, managing more than 100 scientists and engineers providing services in the areas of ecological assessment and management, water treatment engineering and research, remote sensing and geographic information, and economics. He is past-chair of the Electric Power Research Institute’s Watershed and Ecosystem Advisory Council and the Western Electricity Coordinating Council’s Environmental Committee.

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Can individuals and small-scale initiatives really have an impact on global sustainability? In this webinar we discovered why changes to a community don’t need to be large-scale and expensive to have a transformative impact.

The Security and Sustainability Forum  and Island Press had a special conversation with visionary architect and urban planner Jaime Lerner and City College Professor, architect and author, Hillary Brown, about sustainable urban revival from Jaime’s experiences captured in his upcoming book, Urban Acupuncture, and Hillary’s new publication, Next Generation Infrastructure.

Click here to view the Transforming Communities Through Urban Architecture slides.

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Modern society is dependent upon ocean resources in more ways than people realize – from oil and gas extraction and wind energy, to global fisheries production, to medicinal compounds derived from sea creatures. As coastal cities begin planning for climate change and rising sea levels, renowned author (Blue Urbanism) and architecture professor Timothy Beatley sees opportunities for rethinking the relationship between urban development and the ocean.

In this 60 minute discussion, University of Delaware author and marine affairs expert,Richard Burroughs, explored with Beatley the connections between urban design, resource extraction, and educating urbanites about the wonders of oceans – and the impacts that emerging, coastal-focused practices can advance economies, social cohesion, and public health.

According to Burroughs, one of the biggest difficulties facing urban managers in coastal areas is conflicting values that society holds – such as the desire for easy access to pristine beaches while seeking to put houses on the beach – that results in unclear policy directions. Burroughs’ book, Coastal Governance published by island Press, examines the current thinking on such issues as fisheries, oil development, waste disposal, suburban sprawl, and other topics. Throughout the book, coastal citizens are challenged to determine how to improve existing policies.

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Renewable Energy Series – Developing the RFP

September 19, 2014

The last in SSF’s 8 part series on Renewable Energy on Institutional Property, this session focused on Energy efficiency and renewable energy contracting, which is a new art for many government and institutional entities. Whether a direct purchase or in a third-party owned and operated public private partnership, procuring these highly valuable cost reduction systems [...]

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Renewable Energy Series – Effective Marriage of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in an ESCO Contract

September 14, 2014

The value of Energy Services Company (ESCO) contracts have been well documented after 30+ years of deployments. Until recently, renewable energy has been too expensive with long paybacks which did not line up with traditional energy conservation measures. However, the recent reduction in cost combined with technological performance advancements makes renewable energy, such as solar [...]

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Leading Edge of New Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies Coming to Market

September 9, 2014

Leadership from DOE and other research centers provided the latest information on where renewable energy technology is headed and the implications for profitable deployment. Members have access to this webinar video. If you are a member please make sure you are logged in to see the video.If you are not a member, register for FREE [...]

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Intersection of the Microgrid, Renewable Energy, and Storage

September 7, 2014

Todd Foley from the American Council on Renewable Energy moderated the August 7th webinar on Micro Grids, which is the 5th webinar in SSF’s Renewable Energy on Institutional Property Series.  Here is a general description of the panel topics and backgrounds. Introduction to the Role of Microgrids on Institutional Property:  Todd Foley, ACORE’s Senior Vice [...]

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Renewable Energy Series – Energy Mandates

September 3, 2014

  This introductory session will feature government leaders from DOD and other federal agencies who will address regulatory and procurement challenges industry and agency stakeholders need to consider when developing facility energy plans. Karla Perri  Led by Karla Perri, The Spectrum Group and former Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Environment at DoD. Panelists: Tim Unruh: Director of the Federal [...]

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