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SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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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The energy transition: Green for whom?

The energy transition: Green for whom?

by Cynthia Morinville With the current climate emergency requiring an immediate divestment from fossil fuels, lithium is quickly becoming one of the critical metals necessary to the energy transition. From the uptake of electric vehicles to the production of batteries for the storage of renewable energies, the global demand for lithium is expected to increase

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Ontario’s return to the business of building roads to sprawl

Ontario’s return to the business of building roads to sprawl

By Prof. Mark Winfield Twenty-five years ago, Mike Harris’s “common sense revolution” heralded a of shredding the province’s planning rules, and proposals for a network of highway expansions in every direction outward across the Greater Toronto Area. The government’s plans prompted a backlash. Harris’ approach was widely seen as a strategy for sprawling urban development that threatened the

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How Ontario's cities can help address climate change and meet COP26 agreement goals

How Ontario's cities can help address climate change and meet COP26 agreement goals

In the days since nearly 200 countries signed on to a deal at COP26 in Scotland, experts in Toronto say cities and municipalities have an important role to play in addressing climate change. Nick Westoll reports. Interview with Prof Mark Winfield. By Nick Westoll Posted Nov 20, 2021, 9:06PM EST. It’s been a week since an agreement was

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