“Building the Future Sustainable City: A Conversation About Aspirations and Challenges” Panel (Yale Environmental Dialogue)

Event time: 
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Event description: 

Please join the Yale Environmental Dialogue at the Yale School of the Environment for an online panel discussion on how to build the future sustainable city. What is the knowledge that we need to build the cities that we aspire to? What are the obstacles to doing so? This panel aims to address these key questions and facilitate an engaging conversation about integrating sustainability into urban design and planning efforts by featuring commentary from leaders in this arena.

Moderator:  Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies

Jonathan F. P. Rose is an American urban planner, author, and developer of affordable, environmentally-responsible communities. He started Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary development, planning, and investment firm that creates real estate and planning models to address the challenges of the 21st century by focusing on creating more environmentally, socially, and economically resilient cities.


Alan Organschi, SeniorCritic, Yale School of Architecture; and Principal, Gray Organschi
Mr. Organschi is a member of the steering committee of the Cities and Climate Change Network, an international consortium of scientists, policy-makers, and design practitioners engaged in interdisciplinary research and the implementation of global projects in carbon mitigation and climate adaptation. He is a contributing author and editorial board member of the upcoming book Mitigating Climate Change: The Emerging Face of ModernCities. His ongoing research explores the use of new wood technologies in mid-rise, high-density housing and infrastructure.

Albert Ko, Department Chair andProfessor of Epidemiology and of Medicine; and Department Chair, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health
Dr. Ko’s research centers on the health problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity. He coordinates a research and training program on urban slum health in Brazil. His research focuses on understanding the model for an infectious disease that has emerged in slum environments due to the interaction of climate, urban ecology and social marginalization. 

Robert Cervero, Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
Professor Cervero is a professor at UC Berkeley and the former Director of Berkeley’s Institute of Urban and Regional Development. His research focuses on the transport and land-use nexus and his most recent book, Beyond Mobility, won the 2019 National Urban Design Best Book Award.
Katie Paris, Director, Building LeBreton, National Capital Commission
Ms. Paris leads the Building LeBreton project at the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, Canada. She oversees the planning and implementation of the NCC’s new approach to redeveloping LeBreton Flats, a 70-acre redevelopment that will be transformed into a highly sustainable, inclusive and resilient community. She previously served as a Director in the Capital Planning Branch and a Director in Project Development at PPP Canada.
Karen Seto, Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography & Urbanization Science, Yale University
Professor Seto’s research focuses on how urbanization will affect the planet. She is an expert in satellite remote sensing and has pioneered methods to reconstruct historical land-use and to forecast urban expansion. She led the urban mitigation chapter of the 2014 UN IPCC climate change report and is leading the same chapter for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report (2022).