2018 National Planning Conference

Building Better Cities with Nature

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198016

Location: 2009

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Employ an ecosystem services framework to assist with responding to various climate change scenarios.
  • Explore how tools used by planners such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) can be informed by traditional engineering tools including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and apply lessons learned from Europe.
  • Discuss a Great Lakes Sustainable Energy Consortium to pursue collaborations with regard to U.S.-Canada research and public policy consortia focused on renewable energy research, policy implementation and development.

MORE SESSION DETAILS

Explore how ecosystem services (e.g., provision of clean energy, fresh water and supporting nutrient and water cycling) can be used to respond to climate change and increase human well-being in the Great Lakes basin and beyond. Hear how we can harness the power of nature to build better cities and how quantitative engineering tools and models can be used by planners to facilitate new, transformational bioeconomy projects. The role of planning in the assessment of regional impacts associated with new facilities will be explored including tools used by planners such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) informed by traditional engineering tools including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Lessons learned from European experiences will be applied in the Great Lakes basin context. The data required to support ongoing learning to improve the sustainability of the region’s economy will be identified along with a discussion around the Great Lakes Sustainable Energy Consortium to pursue collaborations that will benefit technical research, public policy options, implementation and commercial developments. The concept of a world-class, U.S.-Canada research and public policy consortia focused on renewable energy research and policy implementation for the Great Lakes Region are considered.

This course is approved to offer 1.25 PDH|HSW (ASLA).

Session Speakers

Eva Marie Tropper
City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development
Chicago, IL

Carolyn N. DeLoyde
Queen's University, Nipissing University
North Bay, 08

Warren Mabee
Queen's University
Kingston, 08