Urban communities inspired by nature: connecting people and the planet
Can urban biophilia drive global conservation by bringing nature into everyday life?
As urban populations continue to grow, how do we create a vision for sustainable communities that integrates nature and its value into urban life? Can a deeper link between urban communities and nature drive global conservation? Biophilic cities are those with abundant nature where citizens are connected to local biodiversity and ecological processes and understand the impacts of their community on the natural world. UVA School of Architecture professor Tim Beatley spearheads The Biophilic Cities Project, an initiative to provide people in urban areas the ability to have close contact with nature. Through a conversation with Prof. Beatley and urban planner and local green building specialist Stella Tarnay, we will learn how to embrace the idea of biophilia and implement urban conservation right here in D.C, as well as the impact this concept could have on conservation around the world.
Who: Tim Beatley and Stella Tarnay. Moderated by Kerry Cesareo.
When: December 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Where: 1250 24th St NW, 2nd floor conference center. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.
Timothy Beatley, Department Chair of Urban and Environmental Planning; Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Archeticture, University of Virginia
Timoth Beatley is Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for over twenty-five years. His primary teaching and research interests are in environmental planning and policy, with special emphasis on coastal and natural hazards planning, environmental values and ethics, and biodiversity conservation. He has published extensively in these areas. In recent years much of his research and writing has been focused on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. His books that explore these issues include Biophilic Cities, Resilient Cities, and Green Urbanism (Island Press).
Stella Tarnay, Urban planner and local green building specialist
Stella Tarnay is the Chair of Education for Dumbarton Oaks Park, a historic woodland landscape in Washington, DC. She serves as advisor to City Wildlife and the Sustainable Landscape Design Program at George Washington University. Before working with natural systems, she was the Senior Policy Officer for Green Building in the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. She was a participating member of the Nature and Green Economy working groups for Sustainable DC.
Kerry Cesareo, Senior Director, Forests, World Wildlife Fund
Kerry Cesareo leads WWF’s strategy and work related to forest conservation to produce measurable results in mitigating and reversing the impacts of the forest sector as a driver of biodiversity loss, particularly in WWF’s priority places. In 2006, Kerry successfully launched the North American program of WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), forging partnerships with P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Walmart, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and others. She also managed project start-up for the Sustainable Forest Products Global Alliance, a public-private partnership with The Home Depot and USAID, and served as Operations Manager for GFTN globally. She currently serves on the board of the Forest Stewardship Council U.S. Prior to WWF, Kerry worked as an environmental scientist, forest inventory researcher, an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, and a U.S. PIRG Field Manager.