Green Cities: Ecology and Design in Urban Landscapes
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
Gardenia, Sheraton Hotel
Sharon K. Collinge
Ari E. Novy
Alexander J. Felson
Sharon K. Collinge
Over 50% of all humans now live in cities. This changing demographic increases demands on sustainable water and food systems, waste infrastructure, social networks and human health. The lack of the interdisciplinary integration of ecological science with design and planning is one critical challenge impeding sustainable cities. The goal of this symposium is to explicitly feature examples of the synthesis of ecology and design in urban landscapes. The symposium will define opportunities for ecologists and designers to collaborate to enhance water, food, biodiversity, and other ecological values along with human well being in urban landscapes. Our speakers include established and early career ecologists as well as designers and planners whose expertise will bring fresh perspectives to the membership of ESA. This symposium complements efforts by the ESA’s ongoing Earth Stewardship Initiative to broaden the reach of ecology to communities beyond our membership, via the inclusion of design and planning professionals as speakers. This session will also complement an ecological design project to be launched at the Sacramento meeting, which will incorporate ecological science into landscape and urban design and will serve as a tool for positioning ecologists as active participants in shaping urban development.
The symposium will be organized to pair an ecologist and a designer to speak on each of the three, interrelated themes: water, food, and biodiversity and ecosystem services. The pairing of the speakers in this way will reveal key opportunities for collaboration on each of these themes, connections among these themes, and will provide rich sources for comparison of approaches that will be highlighted in the 20-minute synthesis, summary, and discussion period at the conclusion of the symposium.
This symposium is part of the 2014 Earth Stewardship Initiative. For more information visit www.EarthStewardshipESA2014.com