The School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University
Invites you to a public lecture
Director of the City of Victoria’s Sustainability Department
Sustainability 2.0 and the Quest for Resilient Cities
The battle for successful sustainable development, and in particular addressing our society’s multitude of environmental challenges, will be won or lost in urban areas. Over half the planet now lives in urban areas and they are the source of the majority of greenhouse gases, but it is also here where innovative solutions can be incubated and brought to meaningful and impactful scale. Many cities are now the site of dramatic sustainability innovation and change, in locations as far flung as Curitiba, Stockholm and Victoria. Furthermore, there is often a political urgency to urban sustainability that is strikingly absent in many national and international fora. Increasingly sophisticated networks for change such as the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and C40 are also in evidence. As heartening as these developments are, however, simply maintaining the status quo in cities requires a doubling of current sustainability performance. “Winning the battle” – in other words, improving outcomes at a sale commensurate to the challenges we face, requires new forms of ‘Sustainability 2.0’ that focus not only on doing less bad but actually restoring, regenerating and rebuilding – not just in Canada, but around the world.
Roy Brooke is Director of the City of Victoria’s sustainability department. Previously, Roy worked as a humanitarian affairs officer and team leader on climate change adaptation and preparedness for the United Nations in Switzerland, and led United Nations Environment Programme country activities in Rwanda.
Tuesday, 5 March 2013
4:00 – 5:30 pm
Harbour Centre Campus, Room 7000
Simon Fraser University
515 West Hastings Street
All are welcome to attend!