One interesting fact is that Saskatchewan produces more carbon dioxide pollution per capita, than any other jurisdiction in the world. Yay Number 1!
Greenhouse Gas Reductions and Transportation
Ian Loughran, Manager, Energy and Sustainability Engineering, City of Saskatoon
“Many attendees were astonished to learn that Saskatchewan has the highest greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita in Canada, and that 86% of these emissions come from cars. Mr. Ian Loughran commented that Saskatoon is a “car hungry city,” and that taking public transit is stigmatized, as it’s “not cool”.
People around the room jumped to the defence of all that pollution, saying the province grows the world’s food so it’s okay. I explained that we create a lot of demand for pollution overseas too through our demand for consumption of Chinese (and other) resources/manufacturing/shipping.
Join the discussion on Urban Transportation and Design!
When: Friday, Jan. 24, 8:30am-4:00pm (with networking to follow)
Where: Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon
Explore issues such as balancing urban sprawl and density, transportation planning, transportation behaviour and choices, managing greenhouse gases and more. Speakers include city planners, engineers and government officials. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to discuss the topics and their own ideas in group discussions throughout the day.
Tickets are $200. A limited number of discounted tickets are available for students and community organizations on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), in conjunction with the APEGS Environment and Sustainability committee and the City of Saskatoon, is pleased to introduce its first Sustainability Networking conference on January 24th, 2014. True to its title, the conference will discuss current urban transportation practices and then examine how we can design and build more sustainable systems for our cities in the future. The day will be comprised of 2 sessions, morning and afternoon, to address urban design and transportation issues and solutions in Saskatchewan cities. The morning session will encompass urban design issues and opportunities, such as the current approach to balancing sprawl versus density, transportation planning within the City of Saskatoon’s Integrated Growth Plan and finally, urban design lessons learned in similar jurisdictions in Canada. The afternoon session will involve transportation behaviour hurdles and prospects, including the City of Saskatoon’s recent transportation survey, approaches to encouraging behaviour change and finally, how greenhouse gas policies might instigate change in the future.
The morning and afternoon sessions will each be kicked off with a panel of three speakers who will introduce and discuss the topics, followed by an open question and answer period. A speed networking session will follow, where participants can chat about the topics introduced in the panel session. Finally, participants will be involved in a set of roundtable discussions to help break down the issues introduced and to help generate solutions. The finale of the day will be a wrap up where thoughts and ideas from the roundtable session are presented.
• Balancing sprawl versus density: Derek Thompson (Land Development Project Manager at the City of Saskatoon Land Branch) will discuss how communities can plan and design for ‘smart’ development in urban areas that optimizes transportation, including using existing infrastructure, revitalizing existing neighborhoods, promoting mixed-use land development and providing for public transit-oriented, walkable, bicycle-friendly land use.
• The City of Saskatoon’s Integrated Growth Plan: Alan Wallace (Manager of the City of Saskatoon’s Planning & Development Branch) will discuss the Integrated Growth Plan and its nexus with transportation planning. Topics and strategies that will guide Saskatoon’s future growth will also be introduced.
• Lessons learned in urban design: Rhonda Toohey, P.Eng. (Director, Policy Implementation and Evaluation, Transportation Planning Branch, City of Edmonton) will address how Edmonton has dealt with significant growth and changing transportation patterns and provide some insight in terms of lessons learned from their experience.
• The City of Saskatoon’s household transportation survey: Angela Gardiner (Manager of the City of Saskatoon’s Transportation Branch) will discuss what the transportation survey is, why it is being conducted, who can participate, and what the transportation branch will do with the results. The discussion will also include some of the short- and long-term plans the Transportation Branch is pursuing, especially as related to citizens’ transportation behaviour.
• Approaches to encourage transportation-related behaviour change: Bob Patrick, from the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Geography and Planning, will talk about how planners are encouraging behaviour change to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use in our urban communities, as well as how to work with people’s perceptions and motivation, overcome habitual behaviour and bridge the gap between knowledge and behaviour.
• The City of Saskatoon’s Energy and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan: Ian Loughran will discuss the City of Saskatoon’s Energy and GHG Management Plan as it relates to reducing GHG emissions. He will include a discussion of some of the strategies that could be implemented to reduce transportation-related emissions, as well as raise some questions for the audience to consider regarding how to reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions.