Queen’s Urban Planning Students Presenting Sustainability Research to City

Published on: 2011/12/05 - in Releases

Senior City staff will attend an urban sustainability workshop session presented by Queen’s University urban planning students (SURP 825) scheduled at Memorial Hall, in Kingston’s City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

There will be a brief presentation on best practices and policy suggestions for sustainable planning from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. by Queen’s University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning Environmental Project Team. Following the presentation, there will be an interactive open
house where participants in the workshop will be able to share their ideas and thoughts on 16 best practices and policy frameworks.

“We are looking forward to seeing the city through their eyes,” says Cynthia Beach, Commissioner of Sustainability and Growth. “We know they’ve worked extraordinarily hard on this and will offer us some very valuable fresh approaches. When Town and Gown get together like this, Kingston reaps the benefits.”

The SURP 825 project is designed to contribute to the City’s efforts to make Kingston the most sustainable city in Canada. Specifically, the
project will review policy options and best practices for mid-sized cities related to land use and sustainable practices meeting the future
demographic and social factors related to an aging society, physical health, mental health and a more diverse population for the City of
Kingston.

This sustainability initiative is being conducted by a team consisting of students in the project course SURP 825 – Environmental Planning
Project Course at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s.

The project is being supervised by Graham Whitelaw, Assistant Professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University,
David Gordon, Professor at the School of Urban and Regional Planning and Julie Salter-Keane, Accessibility Compliance Project Manager and Daniel Shipp, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator for the City of Kingston.

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Release source City of Kingston | Photo: Marcus Jeffrey