Join the Greenbelt Foundation and EcoHealth Ontario as we host a webinar to discuss the results of two case studies that demonstrate the financial value of urban green infrastructure for human health.
These case studies are the first of their kind in Canada and apply the EcoHealth Economic Valuation Framework to calculate the financial benefits of two urban green infrastructure projects from a health perspective – increasing tree canopy cover to mitigate heat vulnerability and transforming a parking lot into a park to provide new recreational space.
The valuation framework can help urban planners, park managers, municipal councilors, community, and conservation groups to identify specific health benefits connected to different types of green infrastructure. It then shows them how to calculate the value of reduced health care costs in the local
The event will also feature a presentation on urban heat modeling that was used in one of the projects. This innovative modelling platform provides predicative capabilities to evaluate and optimize design strategies for green infrastructure to mitigate the urban heat island affect.
Dr. Jeffrey Wilson is an assistant professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise & Development, University of Waterloo, Canada and director of Terrametrics Research Lab, a thinktank that brings together academics and practitioners to advance low carbon pathways.
Amy Taylor is Chief Operations Officer at Green Analytics and is an environmental economist. She has extensive experience on a range of topics including cost-benefit analysis, socio-economic assessments, policy assessments, ecological goods and services valuation and fiscal reform.
Dr Berardi is a Canada Research Chair in Building Science, BeTOP Director, Ryerson University and recipient of Canada Clean 50 Award 2021 as leader of the research and innovation category. He has published extensively on the impacts of climate resiliency and the built environment.