Healthy City - Urban Habitat

Worth 1.5 GBCI CE hour, 1 AIA LU-HSW, and 1.5 ASLA credit
Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Wed, 05/10/2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm


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Evidence is mounting that contact with nature is not optional but essential to human health and wellbeing. Healthy City - Urban Habitat will focus on the deep connection between Biophilic Urbanism and Health and will be held at the beautiful Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, right on the banks of the Schuylkill River. It promises to be lively, engaging, and informative. A brief networking reception will be followed by short presentations and a panel discussion. Light fare and drinks will be served. Worth 1.5 GBCI CE hour, 1 AIA LU-HSW, and 1.5 ASLA credit. 

Tim Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He is the author or co-author of more than fifteen books, including Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities, (recently translated into Chinese and Korean), Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age, and Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature Into Urban Design and Planning. Beatley’s book Ethical Land Use, was declared, by the American Planning Association, to be one of the “100 Essential Books in Planning”.
Julia Africa leads the biophilic design and restorative landscape areas of the Nature and Health program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, an academic research center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In this role, she examines the ways in which nature (parks and green spaces) and natural design cues (natural features in built environment settings) in urban settings support psychological and physiological health and resilience. Julia has completed graduate coursework in environmental health, exposure assessment, and sustainable design at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a member of the International Living Future Institute Biophilic Design Advisory Board and the Biophilic Cities Network. Learn more about Julia
Michelle Kondo, Ph.D., is a social scientist with the USDA-Forest Service, Philadelphia Field Station. She completed doctoral training in urban design and planning at the University of Washington, and postdoctoral training in environmental health and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on environmental strategies for disease, violence, and injury prevention in the context of legacy cities and low-resource communities in urban areas. She has conducted evaluations of nature-based strategies, such as green storm water infrastructure, vacant lot greening, and tree plantings, on human health and safety outcomes. She is currently conducting research on adherence and health outcomes of an emerging NatureRx program in Philadelphia, led by the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.
Craig Johnson of Interpret Green has provided the creative design and direction for more than 40 award winning interactive multimedia programs, videos and films. These efforts have focused on the successful application of innovative media technology and compelling stories about watersheds, the environment, cultural heritage and Anthropology. Mr. Johnson’s in-depth experience in developing multimedia applications includes productions for museum installations, visitor centers, public access kiosks, and interactive outdoor interpretation. Mr. Johnson is an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Arts Graduate Museum Studies Program
His client list includes: The Smithsonian, The National Park Service, UNICEF, Independence Visitor Center, Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, PSEG Environmental Education Center, Historic Speedwell, Perelman Center for Advance Medicine, African-American Museum in Philadelphia and the Merck Center for Arts Education at the Kimmel Center. 
Bill (a.k.a. Bernard) Brown has been herping Philadelphia since 2004, wrote the Philly Herping blog for 7 years, and spent over 5 years writing about urban natural history topics for Grid Magazine. He leads herping walks, coordinates the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey for Philadelphia, and tries really hard to learn about non-herps too. He also runs the Urban Wildlife Podcast.

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Thank you to the following individuals for helping support this event:

Alice Dommert, at Prasada

Cynthia Gale, at Barber Gale

Vera Neumann-Sachs, at VNS Architects