Planning for Behavior Change Towards Sustainability
You'll learn about:
Environmental psychology and its connection to urban planning
The importance of behavior change in the context of sustainable urban planning
New planning approach aiming at behavior change towards sustainability
Behavior change and climate action from a global perspective
When it comes to sustainability, we usually focus on technical solutions that promise to make the built world more resource-efficient and environmentally responsible, including installing public transit, insulating our houses, and putting solar panels on our roofs. But the technological availability of infrastructure systems is not why people change from driving their cars to using public transit. Planners must address the choice of one option over another at a deeper level.
This session looks at the multidisciplinary nature of urban planning and how it enables us to understand the different levels of a decision-making process and, ultimately, to change behavior by changing the environment in which the behavior takes place. Discuss the disconnect between environmental knowledge and action—and why people tend to choose unsustainable options over sustainable alternatives.
, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Confirmed SpeakerRichard E. Wener, PhD is Professor of Environmental Psychology in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where he co-directs the Sustainable Urban Environments program, and is a faculty affiliate of the Rutgers University Center for Green Building. He is a Fellow of Division 34 of the American Psychological Association and has served as president of Division 34. In 2010 Professor Wener was a Fulbright Fellow at the Vienna University of Technology.
, Highland Park
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Senick, PhD is Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building and co-Facilitator of the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University. An experienced urban planner, Dr. Senick lectures and publishes on topics in sustainable development, health and green building, environmental behavior, technology adoption, and multi-method approaches to field inquiry and building performance evaluation. Current appointments include Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Co-chair of EDRA Sustainable Planning Design and Behavior Network; Coordinator of International Health Planning and Impact Assessment Initiatives, American Planning Association (APA) International Division; Global Urbanism Biennial Theme Faculty Committee, Rutgers Global Advancement and International Affairs Centers (GAIA Centers); Member, Rutgers Sustainability Committee. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers, her M.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and her A.B. in Government from Bowdoin College.
Helen Santiago Fink
Confirmed SpeakerClimate urbanist with strong multi-disciplinary experience, including in the fields of sustainable development, climate change mitigation/adaptation, urban (systems) planning, energy efficient building sector, affordable housing, community economic development, program/project design/implementation/management/evaluation. Worked globally as the urban climate change advisor for USAID based in Washington, DC and for UNEP based in Paris managing their cities and buildings program. Currently is a researcher and consultant working with the EU International Urban Cooperation Project based in Washington, DC. Co/Authored several publications on sustainable city issues, including the Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2), Chapter on Urban Ecosystems and Biodiversity, launched at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III) in Quito Ecuador, http://uccrn.org/2016/11/02/arc3-2-launched-at-habitat-iii/.
, Urban Breezes
Confirmed SpeakerPetra Hurtado (formerly Stieninger) has a PhD in urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology. She has been working as an advisor, researcher, and project manager in the global urban sustainability arena for over 10 years. Her areas of expertise and publications include sustainable urban planning, smart cities, climate change mitigation/adaption, green building, behavior change, environmental technologies, and related policy issues. She authored and co-authored multiple books, articles, and publicly funded reports and presented as a subject matter expert at numerous conferences and symposia worldwide. Petra is the founder of the research collaborative Urban Breezes.