Green Infrastructure: Planning for Urban Resilience

The Conference Board of Canada, April 26, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Green infrastructure (GI) refers to the natural spaces and ecosystems within cities that maintain biodiversity as well as support a range of ecosystem services, including regulating summer heat extremes, natural storm water management, reduced flood risk, improved air quality and pollution capture. GI can comprise a number of elements, including: parks, treelined and forested areas, wetlands and green spaces, native plants, as well as built elements, such as green roofs and walls.

So why should cities think about and plan for these GI networks? How can cities give greater priority to green infrastructure in their plans and policies? How will investments in green infrastructure help address other policy objectives, such as reduced emissions and climate adaptation?

Join Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity Science at McGill University, as he addresses these questions and discusses the importance of green infrastructure within cities. This presentation will highlight the science and strategies implemented to design and establish the regional green infrastructure network around Montreal, drawing out its role in a wider process of climate adaptation.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Gonzalez will:

  • Define green infrastructure and highlight its role in an urban network of ecosystems and a wider process of climate adaptation.
  • Present the land use change model being used to establish a regional GI network around Montreal
  • Highlight measures that cities can take to reconnect their fragmented green networks
  • Explore how cities can co-design green infrastructure with their built environments

About Andrew

Photo of Andrew GonzalezDr. Andrew Gonzalez is Professor in Department of Biology, McGill University, Killam Fellow, and the founding Director of the Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science. He obtained his PhD from Imperial College, London, and then spent four years as an assistant professor at the University of Paris VI, before moving to McGill University in 2003 where he now holds a Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity Science. His research is focused on the causes and consequences of biodiversity change. Major research foci include: 1) biodiversity as a form of global change, 2) the impact of land use change on biodiversity and ecosystems and 3) applying network science to the design of connected landscapes. He was a member of the Expert Panel on Biodiversity Science for the Council of Canadian Academies that published an evidence-based report, Canadian Taxonomy: Exploring Biodiversity, Creating Opportunity.

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