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Training Workshops are included in the Ecocity World Summit and Discount Packages. However, you must register to participate. Indicate your choice on the registration form, at no additional charge.
Please be advised that given the large number of registrations received for the workshops, registration to these activities will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, with priority given to those who have paid in full. Since availability is limited, we encourage participants wishing to attend these activities to make their payment as soon as possible.
Creating Health-Promoting Eco-Cities: How do we measure our progress?
Organized by Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation
Monday, August 22, 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Please note that this Training Workshop is included in the Ecocity World Summit registration Package and does not require pre-registration.
Room 519 B
As we work across-sectors to create more health-promoting environments, how do we measure our progress? How do we know we have reached our goals? This workshop provides Summit delegates with an overview of the linkages between health, the built environment and sustainability, with an emphasis on indicators. The program addresses the challenges and facilitators around the application of health and built environment indicators not only from the perspective of professional experts and researchers, but also from the community sector exploring these new grounds of work. Keynote and panel presentations are integrated to ongoing facilitated dialogue between presenters and participants, in order to maximize the exchange of ideas, promising practices and perspectives. The event intentionally builds on recent pan-Canadian events in this field including the workshop, “Indicators for Measuring the Health Impact of the Built Environment” (October 2010), and the workshop, “Sharing Knowledge – Building Links – Advancing Research, Policy and Practice on the Built Environment,” (March 2011).
• Karen Lee, Director, Built Environment, New York City; and Associate Clinical Professor, WHO Collaborating Center for Non-Communicable Disease Policy, University of Alberta School of Public Health;
• Kim Bergeron, PhD Candidate, Health Studies, Queens University;
• Alex Taranu, Manager, Urban Design, City of Brampton;
• Annie Rochette, Project Coordinator, Montreal Urban Ecology Centre;
• Ismaël Hautecoeur, Project Coordinator, Jardins sur les toits;
• David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, Peel Region, and Chair, Built Environment Working Group, Urban Public Health Network.
Moreover, selected representatives from PHAC-funded Strategic Initiative (SI) projects will be at the session to briefly present their SI project and contribute to a lively debate.
CREATING PHYSICALLY ACTIVE ECOCITIES: HEALTH, TRANSPORTATION AND SUSTAINABILITY JOIN FORCES FOR CHANGE
Organized by Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Monday, August 22, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Available spaces: 60
Room 519 B
A growing body of research suggests that cities can be designed and built to encourage active modes of transportation such as walking and cycling, which improve health and help decrease greenhouse gas emissions. In response to these findings, health agencies and NGOs across Canada have mobilized to develop a number of tools to promote the development of neighbourhoods that make walking an easy, safe and pleasant option for recreation purposes as well as day-to-day activities such as getting to school, work, shopping, and meeting friends.
However, in the health sector, there is a need for increased discussion about the role of regional transportation systems in creating more walkable, active neighbourhoods. To date, most of the focus has been on “micro-scale” strategies such as traffic calming, enhancing connectivity/pedestrian walkways, mixing land uses and increasing density. These efforts present an essential first step, but will soon reach a ceiling of impact if they are not integrated in a broader discourse and actions at the level of regional transportation systems.
The workshop will inform, inspire, and stimulate critical debate on how we can strengthen health sector efforts to promote more physically active ecocities. The session will provide Summit delegates with:
1) An overview of Canadian efforts to bring health to the urban planning table with a special presentation by a planning and transportation specialist;
2) A hands-on, active introduction to the latest walkability tools developed by Canadian health agencies and NGOs; and
3) Facilitated World Café dialogues for participants to share their own knowledge, exchange perspectives and reflect on the way forward.
Room 524 A
Sustainability is about creating the kind of world we want for ourselves, our neighbours, and future generations. Communities from around the world are rising to address the challenges that sustainability presents. Come and learn how leading communities and organizations from around the world are using The Natural Step’s Strategic Sustainable development Framework to accelerate the transformation to sustainable future. Participants will receive access to tools and resources that help communities address the following questions:
• How can our municipal government embrace sustainability and set an example for the community?
• How can we achieve long-term sustainability and resiliency for our community?
• How can we empower community stakeholders to lead change toward sustainability?
Participants will also be asked to complete a short survey and some reading material in advance of the course.
Room 524 B
CMHC will conduct an interactive design workshop to explore and integrate several conference themes. The workshop will be structured as a mini charrette that will demonstrate the effectiveness of that participatory tool in integrating and synergizing issues and to experiment with how it functions. Participants will work in groups of ten to address a specific design problem related to urban street patterns and the issues of alternate transportation, biodiversity, green infrastructure, stakeholder participation, food production and appropriate intensification.
CMHC has researched and modelled an approach to street patterns (the Fused Grid) which replaces certain key streets with green connectors for pedestrians, wildlife and water and which modifies other streets to maintain full, but more controlled personal and emergency vehicle access. This approach reduces accidents, improves resident health, reduces road and infrastructure construction and maintenance costs, improves air quality and overall livability, and allows for "gentle" intensification.
Room 519 A
Few communities at the municipal level plan for energy. Typically, energy infrastructure is matched to demand once investment in houses, roads, vehicles and municipal infrastructure have been made. This intensive workshop will show how by applying energy mapping it can become the other way around - where decisions related to land-use and transportation planning, utility infrastructure and building design are opportunities to improve energy efficiency and increase the use of alternative energy sources.
The workshop will offer participants useful information about how to apply existing tools to exert a measurable influence to address the energy and the greenhouse gas challenges of a community. Workshop participants will receive step by step guidance for applying energy mapping; practical advice from practitioners; receive educational and support materials; and, be able to walk away with the basic knowledge needed to advance the application of energy mapping to build real ecocities and to measure ecocity progress.
Room 518 ABC
The creation of an ecocity implies a well-honed ability to articulate the conflicting goals faced in planning and managing a city. Increasingly, environmental mediation seems to be a key success factor in managing a city. The aim of this session is to acquaint participants with mediation tools in a realistic situation involving a controversial project that has major environmental impacts.
The session will use role-playing. Participants will be assigned roles and negotiation instructions in a simulated situation involving various stakeholders: for example, the project developer, elected municipal official, government representative, citizens, environmental group and farmers, among others. These parties will attempt to reach agreement on the project. The exercise will be followed by a discussion period highlighting some management and public dispute resolution principles.
THE NATURAL STEP SUSTAINABILITY BOOTCAMP – HOW TO MAKE SUSTAINABLE DECISIONS
Organized by The Natural Step Canada (reserved for Ecocity 2011 Charrette participants)
Monday, August 22, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Available spaces: 40
Room 524 A
Every decision we make has an impact on the social, economic and environmental system that we depend on. This 3.5 hour workshop will prepare Ecocity 2011 Charrette participants to apply the key concepts of The Natural Step’s Framework for Strategic Sustainable development to decision making. The workshop will help participants assess options by applying a ‘sustainability lens’ so they can make decision in a sustainable manner and explain the rational to others. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey and some reading material in advance of the course.