Transportation and Urban Sustainability

Prof. Debbie Niemeier (UC Davis) speaking about sustainable urban development

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Captivated audience at public lecture given by Prof. Debbie Niemeier

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From left to right: F. Labeau, D. Niemeier, M. Hatzopoulou, S. Ghoshal, L. Trottier

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Q&A period during Niemeier's session on sustainable urban transportation

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Open discussion during Niemeier's session on sustainable urban transportation

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Prof. Marianne Hatzopoulpou introducing Professor Debbie Niemeier

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Overview

Transportation & Urban Sustainability: The Ghosts of Affordable Housing - Access and Health

Our future prosperity depends not only on a sustainable material economy, but also on a sustainable social economy. As populations increasingly urbanize, access to affordable housing -- and its urban landscape assets -- becomes a critical marker of equity, and an indicator of a socially just and sustainable society. Prof. Debbie Niemeier's (UC Davis) talk used the rise and fall of affordable housing in San Francisco to explore what happens when dubious infrastructure decisions coupled with a lack of government transparency are confronted with sudden economic growth.

This public seminar was hosted on May 1st 2014, by Marianne Hatzopoulou, Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University. It was offered in partnership with the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED).

About this speaker

Debbie Niemeier is a professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and founding Director for the Sustainable Design Academy at UC Davis. Prof. Niemeier is a member of the National Academy of Engineering Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. She serves on the science advisory board for Capital Public Radio, and writes their blog on energy and the environment. She chairs the Policy and Environment Cluster of NECTAR, the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research. She has served on the Mars Corp. Sustainability Council as well as numerous other sustainability-related boards.