The Urban Built Environment and Climate Change


Thursday March 15, 2018
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: Sutton North
New York Hilton Hotel - Midtown
New York, NY

• CUGH Research Committee

• Jo Boufford, MD, Clinical Professor of Global Public Health, New York University, President, International Society for Urban Health, New York, NY
• Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Drexel, University Dornsife School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
• David Grossman, MS, Director, International City/County Management Association, Washington, DC
• Christopher Jones, MUP, Senior Vice President & Chief Planner, RPA, Regional Plan Association, New York, NY
• Varun Kohli AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Principal & Sustainable Design Leader, HOK (A Global Design, Architecture, Engineering and Planning Firm), New York, NY
• Sabrina McCormick, PhD, MA, Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
• Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, Professor and John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment, Director of the Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
• David Vlahov, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Nursing, Yale School of Nursing, Editor, Journal of Urban Health, New York, NY

Recently, the United Nations promulgated a major set of goals to confront the challenges for sustainable development, and for the first time ever, recognized the reality of a rapidly urbanizing world. In 2007, half of the world’s population lived in urban areas. By 2050, the proportion will be over two-thirds, with the greatest population growth expected in LMICs This has broad implications for global patterns of infectious and non-communicable diseases and for the impact of the built and natural environments on human health. Absent effective management/governance of this process, cities face challenges in addressing the basic needs of vulnerable populations within urban slums such as adequate safe water, sanitation, health care, housing, and education. Complicating these challenges is climate change. As sea levels rise and adverse weather conditions become more frequent, urban areas are at special risk for threats to health. Two-thirds of cities with populations greater than 2.5 million people are coastal and estimates are that 80% of the world’s population live within 64 miles of the coasts. The array of challenges are daunting yet urban planning with good urban governance that addresses the built, natural and social environment can lead us closer to sustainable development and health equity. This session will explore both the challenges and the successes in addressing these new realities and the evidence base needed for policy change.