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School of Planning MES student Jane Kelsey has been partnering with Region of Waterloo Public Health to explore how alcohol access changed in the Region from 2014 to 2023. These findings were recently shared with nearly 20 Region of Waterloo employees to highlight how we might anticipate alcohol-related harms changing in the coming years. 

Former Caivan Communities Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Raphael Ayambire and the School of Planning’s Dr. Markus Moos have recently released an in-depth review on scenario planning, a method of future planning based on a variety of assumptions, drivers and uncertainties. They found that social equity is largely ignored or is not emphasized in traditional scenario processes at all.

The Canadian government’s Task Force for Housing and Climate recently released their Blueprint for More and Better Housing– a report outlining plans to build 3.8 million new affordable and climate-friendly homes by 2030. The School of Planning’s Dr. Dawn Parker commented through a recent piece in The Conversation on the task force’s report, stating that the “report recommendations fall short by failing to fully consider land and housing market dynamics,” and perpetuate the “tall and sprawl” method of urban development.

A recent study overseen by School of Planning’s Dr. Leia Minaker finds that even a few minutes spent surrounded by nature can boost the mental well-being of children living in cities. Dr. Minaker and her research team recently took 70 children aged 9 to 17 to a variety of stops across Kitchener, both urban and natural, to poll how each location made them feel.  

While Ontario's agricultural sector plays a significant role in the province's economy, the environmental impact of modern farming practices cannot be overlooked. In particular, large-scale industrial farming practices can contribute to soil erosion, water and air pollution and biodiversity loss. As climate change impacts continue to escalate, the imperative for sustainable farming practices becomes ever more pressing.

Dr. Michael Drescher, a professor in the Faculty of Environment, advocates for the adoption of sustainable farming practices, particularly through the utilization of Environmental Best Management Practices (eBMPs).