Webinar: Biophillic Cities, Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning

Tue, 05/09/2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 10:15 am – 11:45 am PDT
Security & Sustainability Forum

Join Island Press and the Security and Sustainability Forum on May 9, 2017 for a free webinar Biophillic Cities, Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning.

Event Description: 
The “greening” of cities can focus on everything except nature, emphasizing such elements as public transit, renewable energy production, and energy efficient building systems. While these are important aspects of reimagining urban living, human beings have an innate need to connect with the natural world (the biophilia hypothesis). And any vision of a sustainable urban future must place its focus squarely on nature, on the presence, conservation, and celebration of the actual green features and natural life forms.
Research shows nature’s ability to reduce stress, to aid recovery from illness, to enhance cognitive skills and academic performance, and to aid in moderating the effects of ADHD, autism and other childhood illnesses. Recent research suggests even that we are more generous in the presence of nature; all these values are in addition to the immense economic value of the ecological services provided by natural systems.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:15 to 11:45