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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Ontario must commit to affordable housing for all, not attainable housing

Ontario must commit to affordable housing for all, not attainable housing

by Murat Ucoglu and Ute Lehrer During his provincial election victory speech on June 2, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he aimed to build more housing to make the housing market more “attainable” for everyone. Although most people probably didn’t pay close attention to the specific choice of words Ford used during his speech, it’s alarming

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4REAL experiential learning opportunity to focus on local climate solutions

4REAL experiential learning opportunity to focus on local climate solutions

The Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) is supporting York University’s 4REAL (4th Renewable Energy & Agricultural Learning) project. CEWIL partners with post-secondary institutions, community members, employers, government and students to champion work-integrated learning. The 4REAL experiential learning opportunity will focus on local climate change solutions through the lens of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically

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Plant diversity workshop and medicine plant walk provide Indigenous perspectives in planning

Plant diversity workshop and medicine plant walk provide Indigenous perspectives in planning

On Friday, May 20th 2022, Professor L. Anders Sandberg and fourth-year student Baillie Weiderick, both from the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University, and Brian MacLean of Lost Rivers travelled together to attend and learn from a plant diversity workshop and medicine plant walk, hosted by Indigenous Elders and Anishinaabe teachers. The

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A grounded approach to environmental sustainability, health and human well-being in Southern Costa Rica

A grounded approach to environmental sustainability, health and human well-being in Southern Costa Rica

In 2021, the York Las Nubes project in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) launched the Grounded project in collaboration with the York Faculty of Health, York International, York Libraries, and Universidad Técnica Nacional (UTN) of Costa Rica, San Carlos Campus. Indeed, community is at the heart of York’s Las Nubes EcoCampus such

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Exploring and recreating ecologies that take shape between plants and people

Exploring and recreating ecologies that take shape between plants and people

At the ArtworxTO Hub West, 250 the East Mall, Etobicoke, a display is growing, quite literally, that looks to educate visitors on the relationship between the migrations of people and plants to the Toronto area.  The installation is primarily sound-based and draws on award winning artist and PhD candidate Alexandra Gelis’ research on plants and

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York-produced data helps to tell impactful stories

York-produced data helps to tell impactful stories

Fifty years ago the Club of Rome called for a transition from growth to equilibrium, as they demonstrated through The Limits to Growth that humanity could not sustain another hundred  years of growth in material consumption, pollution, and population.  Since then, humanity’s Ecological Footprint has doubled and overshot the planet’s carrying capacity. York University’s Ecological

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Rajbalinder Ghatoura

Rajbalinder Ghatoura

Why did you choose York University?  I chose York University because of its unique and one of a kind BES program. There was no other Environmental Studies program offered by other universities that allowed students to branch off to streams like Environmental Politics, Environmental Management and Cities, Regions, Planning. York University is also known for

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Nikash Persaud

Nikash Persaud

Why did you choose York University?  I chose YorkU mostly because it was close to home, but I also felt very at home when I toured the campus for the first time. It was the only campus I toured where I felt like I could see myself there. What project are you focusing on during

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Catherine Lombardo

Catherine Lombardo

Why did you choose York University?  I chose York University because I noticed that it had programs that overlapped disciplines, which I found very attractive since I wasn’t entirely sure what career I wanted to focus on just yet. I like that I didn't necessarily have to commit to one skill with these programs. Also,

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Reshaping cities: The power of urban planning

Reshaping cities: The power of urban planning

The 15-minute city urban development is an approach which comprises compact and transit-oriented development, mixed-use, smart and strategic growth. It focuses on meeting all the requirements that a person would need within a 15- to 20-minute radius of their household. The main goal of Mariyan Boychev’s MES major paper is to appraise the adoption of

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