Symposium on Urban Sustainability in North American Cities

The morning program,"What a Mayor Can Do to Green a City" includes video of the keynote panel and the afternoon program includes presenations by speaker participants.

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Sponsored by the UCLA Canadian Studies Program with the California Center for Sustainabile Communities.

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Program Schedule

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Keynote Panel,  Location: California NanoSystems Institute, 1st floor Auditorium, Room 3200. Click to view campus map.


Registration (RSVP only):


Welcome and Introduction:

10:15 - 11:15am

Keynote Panel: What a Mayor Can Do to Green a City

Antonio Villaraigosa and David Miller

Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles Bio
David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto Bio

Moderated by Glen MacDonald, Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) Bio

For Invitees only: Adjourn to Portola Plaza First Floor Meeting Room: Click to view campus map

11:30am - 12

Box Lunch

12:00 - 1:15pm

Energy Use in Sustainable Cities

Michael McCoy, Director, California Strategic Growth Council Bio
Distribution of Energy Use Patterns across Los Angeles Presentation

Christopher Kennedy, Professor, University of Toronto, Civil Engineering Bio
How Urban Metabolism Can Become an Approach for Increasing Urban Sustainability Presentation

Harrison S. Fraker, UC Berkeley, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design Bio
Design of Energy Efficient and Energy Conserving Buildings and Communities  Presentation

Moderator: Ken Alex, Director, California Office of Planning and Research Bio

Listen and download podcast of this session here

1:15 - 1:30pm


1:30 – 2:45pm

How Do Urban Regions Deal with An Uncertain Future Water Supply?

Frances Spivy-Weber, Member, State Water Resources Control Board Bio
Statewide Policies to Improve the Sustainability of Imported Water to Southern California

Terri Hogue, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines, Civil and Environmental Engineering Bio
Patterns of Indoor and Outdoor Water Use in the Los Angeles Region Presentation

Mark Gold, Associate Director UCLA IoES Bio
Sustainable Water Strategies for the City of Los Angeles Presentation

Richard Atwater, Southern California Water Committee Bio
Improving Stormwater Capture, Conservation and Recycling in the Cities and County of Los Angeles Presentation

Moderator: Madelyn Glickfeld, Assistant Director, UCLA IoES Bio

Listen and download podcast of this session here

3:00pm - 4:15pm

How Do We Create Healthy Urban Streets, Reduce Greenhouse Gases And Provide Mobility?

The Honorable David Miller, Former Mayor of Toronto Bio
Building Alternative Transportation for Sustainability Presentation

Mikhail Chester, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment Bio
Public Transportation Futures for Energy and Environmental Goals Presentation

Suzanne Paulson, Professor, UCLA, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Bio
Transportation, Air Pollution and Public Health Presentation

Moderator: Lynn Terry, Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board Bio

Listen and download podcast of this session here

4:30 - 5:00pm

Wrap Up: Where Do We Go From Here?

Stephanie Pincetl, Director, UCLA IoES California Center for Sustainable Communities Bio

Listen and download podcast of this wrap up session here