ENV in the media: Students at COP22, GEM prof honoured and Canada's flood prep report card

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Collage of students infront of Marakech 2016 sign, map of Canada with C1 grade and white haired professor infront of temple steps

Environment faculty, students, and alumni have been active in the news at the end of 2016. Here's a roundup of some of the stories:

Canada's report card on climate change readiness

A new report from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaption, Climate change and the preparedness of Canadian provinces and Yukon to limit potential flood damage garnered media attention from coast to coast and even internationally. The startling report ranked the Provinces and Yukon for their climate readiness and revealed no one is as prepared for climate change flooding as they should be. The average scorecard was C-. 

Geography hosts record-breaking conference

More than 200 geographers and interdisciplinary scholars converged at the University of Waterloo this fall for the 2016 Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario Division (CAGONT) Annual Meeting. It was the largest CAGONT conference in the history of the organization, with participants from 19 universities.

Five students from four faculties travel to COP22

Waterloo students from the Faculty's of Arts, Engineering, Environment and Science joined world leaders and climate experts in Marrakech, Morocco for the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22). The uWaterloo community kept up-to-date throughout the two-week conference through Snapchat takeovers, two live Skype calls and live tweets from the #UWCOP22 team. 

Guest speaker at UWPAT Annual Dinner questions the value of city rankings

The University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto (UWPAT) held their 26th Annual Dinner, the “must attend” event for all planning, legal, land development and related professionals in Ontario. This year's speaker, Senior Fellow for Global Cities at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Noah Toly gave a talk questioning the value of city rankings

Geography professor Geoff Wall wins Ulysses Prize

Professor Wall is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. His 40-year teaching career was recently crowned by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), who awarded him the Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism

At least it's not nesting season

The online Canadian tech magazine Cantech Letter marked GIS Day with a feature on University of Waterloo Goosewatch, app that offers tips and nesting sites to help students and staff avoid the territorial critters during nesting season. The story blew up on reddit and led to another story on the theverge.com, who spoke to James McCarthy from Mapping, Analysis and Design about the apps background and technology. 

Research Symposium examines the impact LRT has on property values

What is driving housing market prices? How do home buyers make trade-offs between accessibility to core activities and suburban amenities? How are developers responding to changing market conditions? And how will the ION Light Rail Transit system affect land and housing market dynamics? At the midpoint of their research partnership, School of Planning professor Dawn Parker held a public research symposium to share what the Urban Growth and Change Research Group has learned so far. 

Why there are fewer females leading fashion

Knowledge Integration professor Allyson Stokes was quoted in a news piece examining the demands and perceptions that keep female fashion designers from leadership roles in the fashion industry. 

President Trump will make chaos the new normal

In a compelling Globe and Mail piece, Thomas Homer-Dixon, the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED), suggests that the tactics President Elect Donald Trump used to win the election, will only cause mayhem once he's sworn into office.  

Go north to beat climate change

And finally, in a a Globe and Mail article, Dan Scott, Geography professor and Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Climate Change weighed in on a ski hill executive's strategy to outrun climate change by building further up the mountain.

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