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2011 Annual Research to Policy Conference - Environmental Health and Equity

2011 Conference

On Saturday, April 30th, 2011, the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) hosted Environmental Health and Equity: Global Strategies and Innovation. The conference was an opportunity for an international group of leading practice, policy and academic experts to present and discuss innovative and effective strategies on how to design policies and programs that promote environmental health and equity, and how to improve environmental sustainability while promoting economic growth and poverty reduction. Download the conference agenda [.pdf].

OPENING KEYNOTES: Setting the Stage: Two Critical Global Challenges

David Satterthwaite: Senior Fellow, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development, and Editor of the international journal "Environment and Urbanization".

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William Cosgrove: President of Ecoconsult Inc., former Vice-President of the World Bank, President of the World Water Council, and President of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement du Québec

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 MORNING PANEL 1:Addressing Basic Needs: Water and Food

Håkan Tropp: Project Director, UNDP Water Governance Facility

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Donald Cole: Director, Collaborative Program in Global Health, University of Toronto

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Lise Bertrand: Montreal Department of Health and Social Services, Urban Environment and Health

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 MORNING PANEL 2: The Built Environment: Land Use, Transportation and Housing

Vikram Bhatt: Professor of Architecture and Director, Minimum Cost Housing Group, McGill University

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David Banister: Professor of Transport Studies, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University

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Madhav Badami: Associate Professor, School of Urban Planning, McGill University

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Avi Friedman: Professor of Architecture and Co-Founder, Affordable Housing Group, McGill University

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 LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: Environmental Health and Community Empowerment

Yuyun Ismawati: Founder and Director of Bali Fokus, social innovator and environmental engineer in community-based waste and sanitation programs in Indonesia, Goldman-Environmental-Prize recipient 2009, and Co-founder and Coordinator of Indonesia Toxics-Free Network

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 AFTERNOON PANEL 1: Climate Change and Clean Energy

James Ford: Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, McGill University

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Alexandra Lesnikowski and Jody Heymann: Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

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Tim Weis: Director, Renewable Energy and Efficiency Policy, Pembina Institute

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AFTERNOON PANEL 2: Green Jobs and Social Entrepreneurship

Sean Sweeney: Director, Cornell Global Labor Institute

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Ted Howard: Founding Executive Director, Evergreen Cooperative Initiative

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Stephen Huddart: Vice-President and COO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

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CLOSING KEYNOTES: Citizen Participation in Environmental Decisions

Lalanath de Silva : Director of the Access Initiative, World Resources Institute, and Co-founder of the Environmental Foundation Ltd, the Public Interest Law Foundation in Sri Lanka, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide and the International Public Interest Defenders in Geneva

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Angela Glover Blackwell : Founder and CEO of PolicyLink, a leading voice in the movement to use public policy to improve equity, access and opportunity for low-income people and communities of color

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 Case Studies of Global Innovations by IHSP's 2011 Policy Fellows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Giang: Community Involvement and Public Support in Sustainable Transportation Planning: The Case of Janmarg, India [.pdf]

Kelly Graham: The Evergreen Initiative: Strengthening the Local Economy, Creating Jobs, and Being Green [.pptx]

Tahiya Mahbub: Creating Sustainable Waste Management by Changing the Lives of the Poor: The Case of Waste Concern, Bangladesh [.ppt]

Denise Maines: Long-Term Management of an Urban Renewal Process in Malmö, Sweden [.pptx]

Cosmin Paduraru: Creating Career Paths for Disadvantaged People through Education and Green Jobs: Lessons from Austin and Oakland [.pdf]

Kara Quennell: Ensuring Sustainable Neighbourhood Growth: Lessons from New York City's South Bronx [.pptx]

Nicholas Salter: Slum Upgrading and Community Participation: A Case Study in Medellin, Colombia [.pptx]

Mitra Thompson: Building Social Equity and Fighting Unemployment through Community Recycling and Urban Sustainability [.pptx]